Musical Abilities and Sound Therapy
Ten of our 12 cranial nerves are connected in some way to the ear, giving the ear a central role in the functioning of many of our motor functions, including voice production, coordination, posture, eye movement, and head, neck and back coordination. This has major implications for the impact of auditory acuity on musical performance.
If you work in a musical field, whether it is composing, playing an instrument or singing, Sound Therapy may increase your abilities and satisfaction.
How Sound Therapy can help your musical abilities
The sense of listening is fundamental to musical performance and appreciation. If part of your listening capacity has diminished over time, your musical abilities must necessarily be impaired.
Sound Therapy is a therapeutic self-help listening program based on the work of ear specialist Dr Alfred Tomatis, which uses specially recorded classical music to stimulate the brain and rehabilitate the ear. This portable system can be used at home or work and doesn't take any time out of your day.
Initially, Dr Tomatis worked with singers who had lost certain frequencies in their voices. He found that the dead spots in their voices exactly matched the dead spots on their audiograms. By correcting their hearing with the filtering and activation in Sound Therapy, he restored the missing frequencies to their voices.
Sound Therapy works on the listening capacity in several ways:
- the physical structures of the ear are stimulated to enhance their performance;
- auditory pathways in the brain are activated, making processing of auditory information faster and more efficient; and
- the emotional psyche is opened on new levels by the process of sonic birth that is stimulated through the high frequency filtering.
A regular dose of interesting and varied high frequency sound stimulates the cortex of the brain, releasing latent energy and building brain connections. As a result new aptitudes are often developed.
Which Sound Therapy International Program should I use?
For optimising your musical abilities, the best Sound Therapy program to start with is the Listening Foundation Program.
Listener's Success Stories
Musicians, singers and music lovers report:
- increased auditory perception and musical ability
- enhanced performances
- greater awareness of tones and frequencies - better ability to reproduce certain notes, and
- greater enjoyment & emotional impact of music, including more inspiration when composing.
- I have logged 257 hours thus far. I haven't seen any real change in the tinnitus yet, but I must say my singing voice is a bit stronger. I am able to easily sing some songs that were getting to the top of my range. So that is exciting.
- I have been away overseas so only started on the Sound Therapy programme a little over a week ago. I'm already finding that I miss it when I don't get in 3 hours of listening - it's almost like I'm craving it! The classical music is of course an added bonus, but often I am listening on the train and in other noisy environments where I can't really hear it.
- So far, I have noticed that my pitch perception has slightly improved, and also that I am hearing an area of my voice in a subtly different way, making it easier to sing. In fact, after not having been able to sing for over two weeks because of travelling, I found at my lesson that I was singing a very difficult aria from "Medea" with much more ease, despite only a couple of days practice.
- Irina K
- The greatest benefit that Sound Therapy has had for me so far is in the area of hearing. I have a noticeable improvement in hearing and need less volume on my Walkman all the time.
- Also, I'm aware of having acquired the capacity for more highs. Most important of all for a musician, I am getting closer to pitch. I find I'm able to compensate the tuning which is required on any string instrument.
- With the increase in musical perception I am getting much more critical of sound. I firmly believe that a person who was tone deaf would be able to change that condition with Sound Therapy.
- Ed Rohner
President of United Fretters Ltd
- I have had some beautiful benefits from using the tapes - trebled energy, less sleep needed, steadier moods, more focused concentration
- and I have notes in the top of my vocal range which are brand new.
- And a few months later:
- My voice continues to soar eaglebound in new ways!
- Melanie King
- My immersion into the world of Sound Therapy has had several positive results. A strikingly noticeable one was in my work as musical performer and composer, where my creative potential was dramatically opened up. The compliments I am receiving for my concerts, where improvisation is a key, are more numerous and enthusiastic, and this from contemporaries and audiences alike.
- Herbert Spanier
Performer & Composer
- I have played flute for many years but since listening to the tapes, my tone has a richer quality and my singing voice is purer with richer harmonics. I keep wondering how could this be? Is it my imagination? But no, I am sure the tapes have helped open up some part of my brain/ear/neck/posture, maybe all four!!
- Jocelyn Bealt
New Plymouth New Zealand
- A few months ago, singing some folksongs for my own pleasure, I realized I had more ability to strike the right notes than before. And when I speak, my voice, which I disliked until recently, is gradually becoming more resonant, warm, and well controlled. All thanks to the Sound Therapy cassettes and Walkman.
- Claude Heppell
- I have been listening to these tapes each night and I have noticed an improvement with my singing and music. It's as though a "veil" has been lifted from my ears and my hearing of the notes and sound vibrations is so much clearer and guitar playing has been more enjoyable.
- Lillian Strong
Perth, Western Australia
- I am writing to you to let you know the benefits I have been receiving from the sound therapy program. I have been listening now for 370 hours.
- I am interested in music and play the guitar. It has not been easy in the past re-stringing the instrument and tuning up as Tinnitus has got in the way of hearing some of the higher frequency sounds. However I have experienced a reduction of the level of tinnitus in the right ear and a different perception of the way I have experienced tinntus in the left ear so some dynamic must be shifting!. Overall my practice of the guitar has improved greatly, with much more spontaneity and flow.
- Thank you so much for your sound therapy program, it is really proving valuable in my life.
- Tony Richards
- There have been changes, which I hardly dare believe are happening. There has been a reawakening of the musical 'spark' within me.
- Having been trained as a pianist and taken a degree in Music and also composed, my life seemed to fall apart in my early twenties, when suffering a severely strained shoulder which didn't seem to get better. This was accompanied by mental misery and there seemed to be a gradual withdrawing of the creative energy, as playing was always accompanied by physical pain and mental anguish.
- As life got more complicated in many areas I gave up piano teaching and stopped practicing, since there was no spark there, no desire. Only pain and guilt at not having developed a God-given gift.
- That was fifteen years ago, so what is happening now, the beginning of a reawakening, is for me a miracle. Although physically much
stiffer and with aches and pains, I am so thrilled that the fire inside has been re-ignited, even if it is a small flame. I have
recently composed a piece of music, which although not in original style, is at least a beginning.
- I have realized too that I have improved mentally - I seem to be more positive, brighter, and much less prone to feelings of despair, unworthiness etc. My friends have noticed quite a difference in me - more than I have, as the changes have been gradual.
- Patricia Proenza
Pianist & Composer
- Sound Therapy has transformed my life. I've been listening to the tapes for two months, and while I started feeling subtle effects almost immediately, the real change occurred about five weeks into the program.
- I teach piano at Morehead State University. Piano playing became extremely difficult for me. It got so I could hardly stand to do it. I have played publicly only three or four times since then, with three to five year rests between performances, and I was never satisfied with the results. It always seemed as if a short circuit existed in my expressive mechanism. I was aware of a lack of connection in the heart area and the parallel area in the spine, and worked very hard to think it together. Needless to say, it never worked.
- Well, let me tell you! My sound has changed, and I love to play! The playing experience has been transformed. I seem to be hearing back the sound that I go for, and that affects the way I make the next sound. The musical cycle is now complete. With the experience of musical sounds being so greatly deepened and expanded, I am liking music which previously bored me and adoring music which I previously liked OK. The implications for the learning and teaching of music with this therapy are vast.
- James W. Bragg