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How the brain hears and makes music: Book, Blog, TalksHow the brain hears and makes music: Book, Blog, TalksHow the brain hears and makes music: Book, Blog, TalksHow the brain hears and makes music: Book, Blog, Talks

"Certainly an eye-opener for me!" --seasoned professional musician

What it's About

Music is an ability that distinguishes homo sapiens from all other species. The branch of neuroscience called "neuromusic" is teaching 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 practice and study. Dr. Ellenberger addresses why we like certain kinds of music, like classical or jazz, and why playing and listening can, through the power of music, exercise the brain at all ages, with or without Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease or after stroke. Music can be a risk-free treatment of a wide range of other human diseases. He also discusses the potential of music practice to cause a rare form of dystonia and increasingly common hearing loss. This 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.

Table of Contents

It’s clear he knows his stuff, and he makes the science of music understandable. –Kirkus Reviews

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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

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