Rejoicing with Music

    Today we wrap up our series on the power of music.                 I wanted to share tips on how God tells us to rejoice with music. Psalm 105:2 “Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.” God wants us to rejoice with music. He wants us […]

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What the Bible Says About Music

As we wrap up our series on music next week,let’s discuss what does the Bible say about music? Ephesians 5:19 “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” The book of Psalms is 150 songs of praise to God. Even when David starts out downtrodden, he turns to praising […]

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Benefits of Playing an Instrument

    I began playing the piano at the age of four and have been a vocalist for decades. I’ve seen the positive benefits to both of these through the years. Whether I’m stressed, depressed, happy or biding time I turn to music. So what are some of the benefits of playing an instrument? 1. Reduces stress—stress is bad for […]

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Music unlocks Alzheimers

Working with Alzheimer’s patients on a daily basis I constantly see the effects music has on those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. A couple of my favorite stories include: 1. The lady that had terrible flashbacks. Yet, I could calm her with music. She may not remember family members but she could sing the words to many hymns and oldies […]

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Music Reduces Stress

Did you know that listening to music reduces stress? Music is one of the best stress reducers that exists. So, how does music reduce stress? Lowers heart rate Lowers blood pressure Calms nerves Helps to relax Quiets the mind Lifts our spirits and mood Reduces burnout Releases tension Reduces pain How have you used music to reduce stress?  

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Music acts like a magic key

Maria Augusta von Trapp said “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” The Sound of Music is based on the life of Maria von Trapp. She and her family fled Nazi torn Austria in the height of World War II and made their way to America, where they traveled as the Trapp Family […]

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To learn music is to learn a new language

As a music teacher, part of my job is to teach my piano and voice students to read music. Reading music is equivalent to reading a new language. Look at a sheet of music and see if you can understand what is going on. For example: 1. What are the notes being played? 2. Are the notes in harmony or […]

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Music is the language of the angels

Throughout nature we hear the music of the heavens. There is the singing of the birds, the music in the rustling of the trees, the rhythms of the animals in the ocean and numerous other sounds of the universe. Sounds that as humans we can try to synthetically replicate, but not with the beauty of the real entity. In the […]

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Where words fail, music speaks

Hans Christian Andersen said “Where words fail, music speaks.” Often we can use music to express our feelings and emotions, when we may be unable to find the words. Have you ever noticed how music expresses your emotions? What are some emotions we may want to express but are unable to find the words for? Love Joy Fear Anger Thankfulness […]

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Music is Prayer

Music is prayer. A prayer is described as a “devout petition to God or a spiritual communion with God.” In church, music is an integral part of the worship service. At least half of the service is spent in worship of God through song and prayer. During this time we are communing with God or expressing our desires to God. […]

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The Power of Music Therapy

Music Therapy is identified as “a treatment…in which the subject is encouraged to use sounds and singing to relieve emotions, or in which music is used as treatment.” The field of music therapist {which must be board certified} has exploded over the last 20 years. MT is an expressive therapy using music to help individuals improve their physical and mental […]

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Healing Power of Music

Music has the power to heal. Music helps to organize the brain.  Research has proven that the use of music can even dramatically decrease the amount of medication an individual may need. Music has been known to help improve not only moods, but also serious injuries such as neurological damage. For individuals with Alzheimer’s music assist in managing emotions and […]

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The Soundtrack of Our Lives

We all have songs that take us back to memories of yesteryear or provide a wave of emotion through us. These songs are the songs that make up the soundtrack of our lives. We all remember what was playing the first time we were kissed, said I love you, held a newborn baby in your arms, and throughout a number […]

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WOMEN AT PLAY: DANCING IN THE HALL By Dr. Linda Cobourn

I’m honored to have Dr. Linda Cobourn here to share with us how music made a difference with one of her classes.  She reminds us that sometimes we just need to take the time to Dance in the Hall.  Welcome, Linda!   WOMEN AT PLAY: DANCING IN THE HALL By Dr. Linda Cobourn   It was one of those rare […]

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Music The Universal Language on Pinterest

Last week I shared my Pinterest Board for His Kind of Love. This week I want to share my Pinterest board for Music–The Universal Language. Enjoy!  

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Power of Music: Music is the Universal Language

I’ve always believed that music is the universal language? However, what do I mean by that? I realized that there are at least twelve ways in which music speaks to all of us and erases the barriers. 1. Music speaks where words cannot be found 2. Music can cross barriers {language, culture, etc.} 3. Music expresses what is in the […]

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Benefits of Music

The philosopher Plato said “music is a moral law.  It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”  Music is the only entity that speaks to the human brain. In addition, it also has a powerful hold on a person’s psyche and soul.  Researchers have spent […]

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The Power of Music

We’ve dissected some difficult subjects in the past in our conversations on depression, domestic violence and prodigal living. If you’ve read my blog for a while you will know how important music is to me.  My Behind the Hymn on Sunday is a very popular feature. We’re going to delve into another subject that is just as important, but not […]

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