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Music and Sound as Vehicles for Health and Well-being with Barbara Crowe

March  15 - 16, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Music for Health and Wellbeing
Barbara Crowe

Music and Sound as Vehicles for Health and Well-being with Barbara Crowe

This workshop will focus on the numerous ways that sound, sound wave vibration, and music are used in health, healing, and transformation. Two ancient ideas concerning sound for health and well-being will first be presented: sound/music is a direct curative agent, and sound/music is a tool in generating a state conducive to health and healing. Using these two principles, the course will explore the "family tree" of healing techniques, tracing ancient applications and modern professions. There will be discussion of the similarities and differences in these techniques, and efforts will be made to establish the common ground shared and the unique characteristics of each.

The second portion of the workshop will introduce a new theory of sound/music healing based on the physics theory and the science of complexity. Based on the presenter's 2004 book, Music and Soulmaking: Toward a New Theory of Music Therapy, the principles of complexity science will be introduced and the relation of sound/music to this theory explored. The discussion will include energy considerations involved in sound/music, music as a dynamic system (a complex system in motion), and the implications of the assumptions of complexity science for sound/music healing professions. Participants will engage in a dialogue with the instructor in an attempt to develop a "theory of all" for sound/music healing.

Professor Barbara J. Crowe has been director of the music therapy degree program at Arizona State University since 1981. She held a similar position for four years at Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, following her clinical work with adolescents with emotional disturbances. Professor Crowe is a past-president of the National Association for Music Therapy. She is the author of three books, Music and Soulmaking: Toward a New Theory and Philosophy of Music Therapy, Group Rhythm and Drumming with Older Adults: Music Therapy Techniques and Multimedia Training Guide, and Music Therapy for Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Mental Disorders: Using Music to Maximize Mental Health. She is also the author of several book chapters and numerous articles published in The Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and The Arts in Psychotherapy. Professor Crowe has presented at more than 100 professional conferences on music therapy, sound healing, music and spirit, and transpersonal music therapy-the topic of her new book in progress. Her interest in sound healing dates back to the mid-1980s, with presentations at the first sound colloquiums, and she is a founding member of the Sound and Music Alliance (SAMA).

Saturday and Sunday
March 15 and 16, 2014
Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM / Sunday 10:AM - 1:00PM
CIIS Main Building
$200/$220/$240 (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)
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California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


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