Hear - Listen - Belong
Journal/Book: Musiktherapeutische Umschau. 1986; 7: Stuttgart. G. Fischer Verlag. 165-179.
Abstract: The presentation begins non-verbally with the playing of monochords. This is followed by an explanation of physiological and psychological acoustic processes and examples from music therapy work. Music can distract from the left cerebral hemisphere governing rational anf linear thinking to the right hemisphere, which is less strictly controlled and makes intuitive hearing, playing and creative activity possible. The soundbox of the soul is defined as the specific sphere in ehich the music therapist works, his/her task being the decoding and restructuring of the patient's acoustic, extraverbal communications. The first acoustic impressions gained by the unborn and newborn child are explained, and the consequences of success or failure in auditive assimilation are touched on. A case is described in which, by means of sound, access was gained to preverbal areas with a patient disturbed from early childhood. Together with the therapist, listening and playing phases concentrating on sound and rhythm are initiated, leading to the experience of the unity of body, mind and spirit. (University Witten/Herdecke, 1192).
Keyword(s): Acoustic-impressions, acoustic-processes, auditive-assimilation, case-study.