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The following information is in reference to Chapter 17, page 230 of The Power Of Sound.

• The International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM)


• International Music and Art Research Association Austria (IMARAA) (http://www.mozart-science.at)

• MuSICA: The Music and Science Information Computer Archive.


• Society for Neuroscience. (http://www.sfn.org/)

• The Sound News Chronicle (A service of the Healing Music Organization) (http://www.healingmusic.org/)


Cymatics—The Science of the Future?

Website: www.alphaomega.se/english/cymatics.html

Institute for Music Research/The University of Texas

Website: imr.utsa.edu

Music Department at the University of Queensland, Australia

Website: www.usq.edu.au/faculty/arts/music/Research.htm

Their archives are specific to the research of music in education.

MuSICA: The Music and Science Information Computer Archive located at the University of California at Irvine

Website: www.musica.uci.edu

Noise Pollution Clearinghouse

Website: www.nonoise.org

Sound Healers Association

Website: www.healingsounds.com/sha/shbib.html

Excellent bibliography of soundwork

Ultrasound Research Laboratory/Mayo Clinic

Website: www.mayo.edu/ultrasound/ultrasound.html

Where Do I Go for Research?

Research into the effects of music and sound currently abounds as a result of improved measurement techniques. In 2000, concerted, coordinated efforts were not in place; in 2010, music neuroscience has become the fulcrum interlinking music and sound therapies. (see ch 8, Neuroscience and Music) The adoration of music, as we know, is a global phenomenon with deep roots. To use music in an application-specific manner is a bonus truly appreciated by everyone.

Consequently, American and European media frequently report research involving music and sound. The following organizations are a sampling of organizations looking deeper into music research. Many hold conferences and coordinate research among their members. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, research coordination will not just be within one organization, but intra-organizational, as well.

• The International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM) offers an integrative perspective on applied music in health care delivery settings that highlights both clinical practice and research initiatives in one forum. IAMM’s goals include the sharing of methods and practices from a variety of clinical and research perspectives. IAMM promotes expansion of knowledge in the field that will foster program development and research initiatives.


• International Music and Art Research Association Austria (IMARAA)

“We need to recognize that, throughout the history of civilization, it was through the arts that mankind acquired numerous qualities, which shape and regulate an individual in an elementary fashion. With an increasing insight into the psychophysiological processes of life, it is about time today to explore these qualities systematically, to define them and to utilize them for society consciously. In many cultures, educating and healing were two of the most important motives for practicing music for centuries.” – Dr. Roland Haas, – AMARAA Chairman and Rector emeriti. University Mozarteum Salzburg

Since 2003, IMARAA has been an important nexus point for European music and sound research. Their two Mozart and Science Conferences, held in Vienna in 2006 and 2008, have successfully brought forward recent international explorations. Music that works (see page. ___) contains highlights from these conferences.


• MuSICA: The Music and Science Information Computer Archive. This, the mother lode of music research databases, can be found with a few keystrokes on the Internet (www.musica.uci.edu). MuSICA originates from the University of California at Irvine. Its extraordinary database (fifty thousand citations and abstracts of research publications, divided into 184 categories) contains scientific research (references and abstracts) on music as related to behavior, the brain, and allied fields. At the time of this 2010 revision, the database has become available under the auspices of the International Foundation of Music Research. Please consult www.music-research.org for further details.

MuSICA Research Notes, an archived newsletter written by Dr. Norman M. Weinberger, was issued from Spring 1994 through Summer 2001. MRN provides reports and critical analysis of research on music and behavior, including education, child development, psychology, cognitive sciences, neuroscience, clinical medicine, and music therapy. These resources are generously available for download and reproduction. While these invaluable MuSICA services are not ongoing, they serve as a valuable treasure trove of background research and analysis that supports current explorations.


• Society for Neuroscience. At a 1998 meeting of this group in Los Angeles, no fewer than eight research papers were presented on the effects of music on different parts of the brain. From Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, and the United States—research was abundant. (http://www.sfn.org/)

• The Sound News Chronicle (A service of the Healing Music Organization)

Amrita Cottrell, of Santa Cruz, California, publishes a wonderful bi-weekly email summary of anything/everything having to do with intentional music and sound. The Sound News Chronicle includes up-to-date media and research abstracts, new books, CDs, and videos. This service has been invaluable in the compilation of data for the revision of this book and is a must-have for anyone who wants to stay current. (http://www.healingmusic.org/)

As you can see, there is absolutely no shortage of research in which to immerse yourself. Music, as a verifiably effective adjunct in health, education, home, or office, is now being examined at a dizzying pace. What is perhaps most exciting is the unabashed involvement of the scientific community. Music is first and foremost an art form. The division between art and science has been institutionalized over the last few centuries. The reunification of these two cultures is heartening and long overdue. Fascinating that it took an interest in accelerated learning to bring this about.

With the advent of the Internet, once isolated outposts of information are now available to all. Associations have been created. Conferences are regular occurrences. Communications and databases are but a keystroke away.69

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