We all like to be seen and heard. It’s a basic human need. And we need to be able to express what is inside of us. My high school choir conductor said, “Music is for the grand emotions.”
Have you ever been “moved” by music? Music can change my mood in a matter of moments. Music and movement are easy vehicles to shift out feelings, And music is all around us.It’s an easy way for us to have control over our environment. For some students, music provides the backdrop for studying. And for other students, any noise is a distraction from studying. How about for you? What kinds of music do you like to listen to?
For children with “auditory delay” issues, establishing rhythm and a strong vestibular system can help their reading and attention.”Its’ hard to reproduce a sound you haven’t heard,” said the famous M.D., Alfred Tomatis, in his book, The Conscious Ear. Tomatis trained professional singers in Europe and eventually worked with children to help improve their reading. Ear infections at young ages can affect the sounds a child actually hears. Then when reading comes along, as Tomatis said, it’s hard to make a sound you haven’t actually heard. Then the sounds involved in word creations have holes. Do you know any kids who are slow readers who had lots of ear infections as a child? There can be a correlation. Or have you seen kids who seem a little uncoordinated? An uneven gait or awkward movements can indicate an internal rhythm is off. This internal lack of smooth rhythm can also show up in reading glitches. Music and movement along with Books Neural Therapy™ can help kids improve their sense of rhythm, and then dare to express themselves. – Dr. B
As the Greek philosopher and mathematician Plato said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
Special Announcement from Dr. Books
“Solving Your Toughest Cases” webinar
This month’s theme is Music! Can you hear the trumpets blowing? Exciting times here! On September 10th, I will be offering my first-ever webinar. It is such a dream to offer the work I do with children to people around the world? Now, we begin the trumpeting to herald the beginning of teaching to everyone, from many walks of life, so we can help reverse dyslexia around the world. Please, stay connected and sign up for the webinar and share with your friends. – Dr. B
Recently I had the pleasure of sharing ideas from my new book “Reversing Dyslexia” in interview with Dr Rita Marie on her Vibrant Living blog talk radio show. You can hear it too right HERE!
Your Brain On Music
Play, Sing, Listen and Learn
by Naomi Emmerson
Music is as old as humankind. It is one of the earliest teachers. Primitive tribes used drums to communicate with other tribes, and Aboriginal Australians still keep their history alive through the musical tradition of the songline. Music helps guide our emotions through such milestones as marriage, death, and birth. It is much more important than most people realize, and can provide tremendous benefits to someone with dyslexia.Remember learning your alphabet by singing “ABCD”? Or clapping to nursery rhymes and playing marching games? It is no surprise, with what we know today in the field of the various fields of neuroscience, that many progressive therapies include rhythm and music in their efforts to help rewire and improve the brain. It is a shame that many of the schools are cutting budgets to this essential component of learning.
Whether you perform on stage or behind a shower curtain, everyone is “musically inclined”. Everyone has a favorite band, or a favorite song. Music has been with us since the dawn of time; since we were in the womb with the heartbeat of our mother being the first instrument. Add to that the waves of the ocean and the rustling wind and you have a pretty sweet orchestra with a pretty groovy beat!
Beat or rhythm is the foundation for the successful organization of notes into sequences that can be repeated and performed in a group. Without it, there is randomness and chaos. It is the glue that carries us with anticipation for the next strong downbeat, dividing time into increments creating predictability and security. Did you know that patients with damage to the left hemisphere of the brain can lose the ability to perceive and produce rhythm? Those with right hemisphere damage have issues with perceiving melodies.
(Above is what “Our Brain Looks Like When It Listens to Music” by Robert Zatorre and Valorie Salimpoor, neuroscientists and researchers who for over a decade have been exploring the relationship between music and its impact on the human brain.)
So how does the brain perceive music?
In his book This is Your Brain on Music, Daniel Levitin, ex-musician and record producer turned neuroscientist, says that in his laboratory for Musical Perception,Cognition and Expertise at McGill University, he found strong activations in his subjects’ cerebellums while listening to music but not to noise. The cerebellum, the oldest part of the brain evolutionarily, has traditionally been thought of as the part of the brain that guides movement – think of the caveman unconsciously grasping, reaching, running in response to his survival instincts. The cerebellum, according to Levitin, appears to be tracking the beat, the rhythm in music. It is prominent when in helping performers and conductors maintain a constant tempo.
But what about the way music makes you feel? And how does dyslexia fit in?Click HEREto read more!
Join The Choir!
And Improve Your Dyslexia
By Naomi Emmerson
In her book, The Well Balanced Child, Sally Blythe describes that the director of her son’s boys choir told her that all his singers’ reading skills improved within six months of joining the group, regardless of whether they were formerly good readers or poor readers!
As we gain more information on how the brain plays, hears and feels music, the act of singing or playing a musical instrument can be immensely helpful when developing or improving reading skills. In vocal music, in particular, the composer often takes great advantage of the vowel sounds of words, as they allow for sustained vibration for the singer. Typically people with dyslexia often have great trouble differentiating vowels more so than with consonants. Vocal music also tends to be written with the words stretched out over a few beats, extensively slowing down the parts of speech. This can assist children with dyslexia who are more likely to be slower at decoding sounds of speech and may not hear some of the smaller sounds within words. Singing can help develop these important auditory functions and connect properly processed information to other parts of the brain. Not to mention it makes you feel good!
Daniel Levitin, ex-musician and record producer turned neuroscientist, explores the effects of music on the brain. Read more on our blog.
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By Elaine McDaniel
This month’s theme is music. When I was asked for a recipe, I could not resist…the musical fruit – “the bean”.
People are telling me they don’t want to eat beans because of the musical factor. In my research for the up and coming “Books Cooks”, I found, if you will take the time to sproutyour beans, you can increase the fiber by up to 30%. This is significant, considering beans are some of the highest fiber foods. Today, docs are telling people “increase your fiber”. We think of this as a way to keep the bowels regular, however fiber also slows down the digestion of sugars, helps move toxins out of your body (including cholesterol) among other healthy benefits. Currently we are trying out some of our old recipes using higher fiber ingredients. When you first start adding fiber, you will most likely find a few toot toots. Add some digestive aids like papaya enzymes or ginger root, and it will help keep your music to a minimum. The “side effect” of digestive aids may possibly be more energy, since you will be utilizing more of the foods you eat.
Lentils provide good to excellent amounts of six important minerals (including magnesium), 2 B-vitamins, and protein—all with virtually no fat. 230 calories per cup of cooked lentils and 15 grams of fiber per cup.
2 cups of orange lentils ( brown will work, orange is pretty)
Cover with filtered water and soak over night. Allow for the beans to swell, so cover with 1″-2″ of water. Drain and Rinse.
In a stock pan cover the lentils with water and bring slowly to simmer.
While the lentils are heating slice 2″ of ginger in 3 or 4 strips and add to the pot. Dry ginger will not work in this recipe.
Add 2 minced cloves of garlic (more if you like garlic)
Place 1 habenero in the pot — do not cut or pierce.
Add 1 tsp salt ( Himalayan pink salt or Celtic gray = 80 plus minerals)
Simmer on low heat for 2 hours
In a separate pan, saute1 1/2 cups of cubed potatoes (with skins for more fiber) and 1 finely chopped onion.
Add to the lentils. Slowly simmer 15 more minutes.
Just before serving stir in 1 can organic full fat coconut milk.
Remove the ginger and habenero. Serve and enjoy!
This recipe works well with a sprouted mung bean bread. You can find recipes online for “pizza crust” HA — call it anything but pizza crust please! Rice crackers are good with this dal. I like to make a little puree of spinach and yogurt to dollop on the top. Sour cream for those who can tolerate dairy.
This recipe only sprouts for one day. You will increase the fiber everyday you sprout. Sprout the lentils for 1 day. To sprout you cover with water and let sit for 2 hours(at least) or over night. Drain the lentils cover with a cloth and let them sit…rinsing 2-3 times a day if you are going to sprout for more than one day. The longer you sprout the more fiber you get. Use fresh (dry) lentils. Make sure they are not broken or mealy …as this will affect the results. A key to successful sprouting is rinse, rinse, and rinse.
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