People can communicate and connect with each other through dialogues and conversations, but there is another way that is much more accessible and influential than words.
music can foster deeper communication among people without them understanding much of the other's language.
"It is the easiest way to communicate with people. We go to the countries where we do not know a word of their language, and they do not know a word of English. But when we play the music, the music can go from your heart to someone else's heart. They feel something that they actually recognize. You cannot put words there because they do not know what the words are, but they can feel. From that point you make the connection with another person."
Music tours help group members make friends with people around the world. Even after they say goodbye to those friends soon after their tours, their friendship remains forever,
Everybody has feelings; they are all the same feelings. They are feelings of love; they are feelings of fear, sometimes feelings of worry, concern, and anxiety. Good composers can put those feelings into notes, then they send them to us. It's a kind of translating those notes."
music to elicit spontaneous speech and communication, to address speech, language, and communication needs, and to target nonverbal expressions. I don’t diagnose or evaluate communication disorders. I don’t treat communication disorders. I assess and address speech, language, and communication needs . . and if the client is lucky enough, I get to do this in collaboration with a speech-language-pathologist (an option not
Instrument play and music improvisation can be valuable ways to structure and practice nonverbal communication. For example, I am trained to facilitate a group music improvisation experience that provides these children the opportunity to musically dialogue with their peers, a back-and-forth nonverbal communication behavior necessary for listening and for verbal dialogue.
behaviors for children and adults with autism, Traumatic Brain Injuries, learning disabilities, strokes, cerebral palsy, and more.
•Edgerton (1994) studied the effectiveness of improvisational music therapy on communication behaviors in a group of children with autism, finding that the treatment significantly increased the number of communication behaviors they exhibited. •Beathard & Krout (2008) described a case study in which a 3-year-old with apraxia participated in weekly music therapy sessions. Over the course of nine months of services, she progressed from being mostly nonverbal to pronouncing syllables, combination sounds, and words. •Lim (2010) also explored the effect of music therapy on speech production in children with autism. Her results indicated that, although all the children improved with speech therapy and music therapy, children considered low functioning improved significantly more as a result of music therapy. •Finally, multiple studies have explored and reported on the efficacy of using rhythm as a cueing strategy to control the rate and intelligibility of speech for individuals with dysarthria, Parkinson's, and gross motor dysfunction (Pilon, McIntosh, & Thaut, 1998; Thaut, 1985; Yorkston, et al., 1990).
Processes of Communication through Music
Communicating through music is very powerful. Most people take their music very seriously, and the lyrics that it contains. By listening to a song over and over it is hard for the message to be misunderstood. When a musician delivers a message it can be heard worldwide. Music is a subject that can bring people who have never seen each other before together, and form a bond that is hard to break. People’s interest in music, and the message it delivers, creates discussions and changes attitudes.
The communication process consists of a message being sent and received. The message...