"Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts - as the one which,

more than any other, ministers to human welfare."

- Herbert Spencer, the British philosopher and sociologist



Resources for Research and Abstracts:


Sensations of Sound

An NIH-Kennedy Center Initiative to Explore Music and the Mind

Articles and Interviews:

 Music for Healing and Transition Program Video  


British Society of Gerontology Ageing Bites: ‘Haven’: people living with dementia sharing the activity of listening to music  


How Music Can Help Patients Recover From Surgery And Strokes  


Book recommendations:

The Power of Sound by Joshua Leeds


The Power of Music by Elena Mannes



The Field by Lynn McTaggart



Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words by Kate Whouley


Rowing without Oars: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Ulla-Carn Lindquist


The 36 hour day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Diseases, Other Dementia and Memory Loss by Nancy L. Mace & Peter V. Rabins


Open Heart by Elie Wiesel


Here if you need me: A true story by Kate Braestrup


How Can I Help? by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman


Final Gifts: Understanding the special awareness, needs and communications of the dying by Maggie Callahan and Patricial Kelley


Companioning the Dying by Greg Yoder and Alan Wolfelt