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…
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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.”