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Music Therapy Helps Pre-Mature Babies

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This is from the Washington Post:

Recent studies and anecdotal reports suggest the vibrations and soothing rhythms of music, especially performed live in the hospital, might benefit preemies and other sick babies.

Many insurers won’t pay for music therapy because of doubts that it results in any lasting medical improvement. Some doctors say the music works best at relieving babies’ stress and helping parents bond with infants too sick to go home.

Music therapists say live performances in hospitals are better than recorded music because patients can feel the music vibrations and also benefit from seeing the musicians.

More than two dozen U.S. hospitals offer music therapy in their newborn intensive care units and its popularity is growing, said Joanne Loewy, a music therapist who directs a music and medicine program at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.”

I have been reading recently about different aspects of appearances, you know, we live in a world in which we appear to other people, but that appearances never wants to reveal their secrets. I am an agnostic for just such a reason, it is in the nature of what we see to not reveal its inner life: what we are seeing is trying not to show us what is real. What is inside (think of the difference between your live and your face). I don’t want to get into it here except to add that it seems to me that music is similar. It hides its meaning in its appearance.

This is very true of music: it isn’t what it appears to be, what it does to us isn’t as simple as all that.  What does it mean if pre-natal babies can respond to music. According to National Geo “A recent Science article suggests that not only are natural sounds such as whale and bird songs music, but that their songs may be part of a “universal music” that provides an intuitive musical concept to many animals—including humans.

This means that a love of music is part of our DNA, it goes beyond just being something we learn to something we are born with as simply an animal in a world of appearances.

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