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Prescribing Sound for Healing

In a TEDx talk with Kathleen M. Howland, the roots of music therapy are further explored. Howland explains that Pythagoras, the ancient Greek philosopher, was one of the first recorded people to use music prescriptively as a way to heal both physically and emotionally. This practice extends beyond the ancient Greeks and has likely been around since the beginning of time. In this video, Howland explains how music and sound in modern times have combined with neuroscience to optimize healing and recovery from advanced diseases and disorders. Human connection to music extends back to our development in the womb. This connection to sound stays with us throughout our lives, and extends beyond just enjoyment of listening. From lifting your spirits emotionally, to assisting in stroke recovery, supporting the healing of dyslexia, and advanced disease is such as cancer, and more, music has a place and plays a key role in the overall process of healing

The following video further uncovers some of the ways in which sound and music can support healing.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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