Gunther, one of our adult students who is taking piano from Lucia, gave us an interesting article on the healing powers of music. Gunther is quite qualified in this area as he spent most of his career as an obstetrician-gynecologist in the South Bay.
In a published report led by a team at the John Hopkins Parkinsonism Center, a drumming class using the djembe drum provided improvement in mobility and tremor for the patients in this program.
The Center is continuing to explore other music therapies to improve the life for stroke victims and those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, and other diseases. For Parkinson’s patients, group vocal training has been successful in activating muscles for both speaking and swallowing. For Alzheimer’s patients, music has been shown to stimulate memory and reduce agitation.
Dr. Pantelyat, neurologist at the Hopkins Center, commented that “combining music and medicine is not new but there is a big void in our understanding of how these two can interconnect to relieve a lot of suffering”.