"Certainly an eye-opener for me!" --seasoned professional musician
Music distinguishes Homo sapiens from all other species. The branch of neuroscience called "neuromusic" teaches us how music can help shape the developing as well as the adult brain by activating and expanding parts of the brain that can also serve other purposes. We have learned how these parts connect and strengthen with music practice and study. Dr. Ellenberger addresses why we like certain kinds of music and how playing and listening can exercise the brain at all ages and build 'cognitive reserve' that delays age-related conditions like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease. Music can be a risk-free treatment of a wide range of other human diseases and aid recovery from stroke. He also discusses the potential of music practice to cause a rare form of dystonia and increasingly common hearing loss. In Part II, Ellenberger shows how these principles have enriched his own life. The book and blog argue that, especially when learned early, music can enable us to engage the full spectrum of human understanding necessary for individuals and societies to achieve their fullest human potential.
Introduction to the Book
Part One: Music in the Brain
1. Why There is Music?
2. Why We Like Certain Music, Or None at All
3. Can Learning Music Make Us Smarter?
4. Can Music Heal?
5. Music vs. Alzheimer’s Can Music Delay Dementia?
6. Music and Dance vs. Parkinson’s
7. The Flute and The Stethoscope
8. Usher Me Out With Music
9. Treasure Your Hearing You Will Never Regain What You Lose
10. What's Your Temperament?
11. Musicians With Dystonia When Practice Makes Imperfect
12. What's the Matter With Classical Music?
13. Disdain for Classical Music
14. Love: A Neuromusical Rhapsody
15. Sex and Classical Music Better Marketing Through Chemistry
16. "Purple Brain" (2016)
Part Two: Reflections on a Musical Life
17. A Model for Arts Education
18. There’s No Place Like Mt. Gretna
19. Is There a Doctor in The House?
20. Old Goats Playing the Flute
21. Russian Festival (Gretna Music, 2014) A Weird Slice of Music History
22. The Village Bach Festival
23. The Audubon String Quartet
24. A (Funny) Polymath
25. Thomas Jefferson & Music
26. He Commandeered A Villa But Not Just Any Villa
27. The Rubato Queen of Shaker Heights
28. My Illustrious Career as a Non-Pianist