Higher Studies in music

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Workshop Music as a tool to enhance and maintain well-being

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Duration: 75 minutes
Lectures: 1

Workshop 75 minutes 15 people


  • Data on music’s positive effects:
  • reduced pain medication prescription and hours for women in labour
  • enhances resilience and endurance (during physical exertion, menial labour, etc.)
  • increases executive function (self-control, concentration, motivation, etc.)
  • Neuroscientific mechanism (Biomusicology)
  • Oxytocin, the “love hormone”
  • Dopamine, the “motivator”
  • Mirror Neurons: Feelings of connections, and belongings.
  • What is Listening? How does our sense of hearing affect us? (Each with short exercise)
  • Rhythm; clapping – walking/skipping – jumping
  • Melody; vocal inflexions
  • Harmony; music/progress = desire to resolve discord
  • Silence

. Music as a Practice of Savoring: Grounding ourselves in the here and the now through exploring our senses and imagination using music as a gateway.

  • Synesthetic imagination (Listening to a short piece of music)
  • Music as a tactile sensation (i.e. harmony = temperature, soundwaves on your skin, etc)
  • Music as tastes, smells, image, etc.: Discussion
  • Recognizing patterns in music (Music Listening)
  • Motives (musical building blocks)
  • Themes (recurring melodies)
  1. How to implement the power of music in our daily lives, and workplace?
  • Applying all of the above to enhanced listening skills in conversations
  • Breakout Exercise: What new things can you learn about your co-worker?
  • If you are a rhythm, a melody or a harmony…:? Breakout room discussion.
  • If your team is a song…? Open Discussion

*Bold letters indicate hands-on activities for the attendees.


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