Educational Development

  • History of Music and Sound in Healing
    Music and sound used as a healing tool is deeply rooted in ancient cultures and civilizations. In ancient Greece there was a saying, "Men have song as a physician for pain."  Westerners are reviving this ancient knowledge of the healing qualities in music.

  • Music as Complimentary Therapy
    The beneficial effects of music and sound are becoming recognized as a valuable complimentary therapy in western medicine, alternative health care and special education. Though researchers are still questioning how sound therapy works, there is scientific proof that music and sound can be effective for everything from reducing stress to easing pain and anxiety during surgical procedures.

  • A Sound Environment for ADD/ADHD /Autism
    Early childhood intervention may be as simple as a hum. Research has revealed that many children with attention deficit disorder and autism have a hyper-sensitivity to sound and every single sound that comes up diverts their attention.Early childhood intervention may be as simple as a hum. Research has revealed that many children with attention deficit disorder and autism have a hyper-sensitivity to sound and every single sound that comes up diverts their attention.

  • Music in Prenatal, Infant and Pediatric Care
    Music has also been found to relax the labor process, easing pain during delivery. "The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that in a study of expectant mothers, those who listened to music during childbirth did not require anesthetic.

  • Music in Hospitals and Clinics
    Music is being utilized today in hospitals and clinics around the world. Music has an ability to minimize pain, leading to the combination of music and anesthesia in operations where routine medical sedatives are not effective. Music medicine, or prescriptive sound,  is beginning to be considered a complimentary therapy.

  • Music and Cancer Recovery
    A list of articles compiled by Ali Armstrong on the benefits of music therapy on cancer patients.

  • Humming for Health
    Throughout ages the voice has been recognized as the most effective instrument for healing purposes. The voice carries healing energy, or intent, and when we sing and hum with love, we can bring ourselves into a state of 'harmony' resulting in health.

  • Music as Inspiration
    Quotes and sayings on how music inspires and calms us.

  • Further Resources
    More articles on the benefits of music therapy
 

"Sing and Hum helps to ease the fears of children as it offers encouraging words, gentle music and comforting sounds.  Parents who have used it say that it makes a dramatic difference in their child, and has a great calming effect." 
–  Nancy, Director of Operations, Ronald McDonald House

 

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Current Events

Ronald McDonald House

Sing and Hum will be visiting two Ronald McDonald House's in the North Carolina Triangle area each month.  They will be in Chapel Hill on the first Wednesday and in Durham on the first Friday of every month to bring the inspiring music and message of Sing and Hum to the children and families.  Books and CD's will be donated to all who attend.

Ronald McDonald Houses
Chapel Hill and Durham, NC

 

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