Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness

Viking. Apr. 2024. 464p. ISBN 9780593653197. $35. MUSIC
In this book, renowned soprano and arts/health advocate Fleming (coleader, Sound Health partnership) collaborates with more than 50 scholars, scientists, musicians, writers, and visual artists to showcase how much of an impact music can have on the human organism. Each chapter is written by a different individual or group of researchers. With academic or anecdotal information, they explain how the arts and health are connected, and they argue that music, a fundamental part of the human experience, can be utilized to enhance models of health and promote greater well-being. Contributors include Yo-Yo Ma, Ann Patchett, Anna Deavere Smith, and many others. The title demonstrates how music can be used in clinical settings, and it highlights how music and health are already positively impacting communities, schools, and therapy sessions. The book looks ahead and presents ideas and ways to utilize music for health benefits. Well-researched and compelling, this book offers a variety of views and ideas.
VERDICT For music lovers and readers who want better health and well-being.
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