Music Therapist

  • February 19, 2016
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My TED debut. As a composer.

“Another attendee wanted to know the composer of the music that plays when speakers walk on stage. No problem; a Gigi war-room staffer (again, Pilloud) tracked down the production team and reported back. (It's an…
  • October 29, 2015
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Happiness Is Singing in the Choir

  Researchers in England have taken a stab at answering one of life’s unanswered questions: Why do we make music? The people most interested in tackling this problem are evolutionary psychologists. Darwin believed music evolved…

The Big Tent of Music Therapy

People ask me all the time, “How does music therapy work?” At first I start preparing an answer about its effectiveness. Quickly, though, it becomes clear they’re asking a question that seems simple but is…
  • September 4, 2015
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Music to Count Sheep By

To create his eight-hour composition, called Sleep, composer Max Richter (The Leftovers) “consulted with neurological experts to see how so-called ‘slow-wave sleep’—deep sleep that typically comes before rapid-eye movement—might be encouraged aurally.”