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The Gift of Healing Modes, by Stella Benson
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$35 each







Why This Book is Important To Spread the Healing
An unprecedented perspective on the healing nature of Western modes, The Gift of Healing Modes empowers the musician with seven clear and distinct scales each with their own unlimited shades of musical color. The emphases are on the feeling emoted by the music, and how to elicit the mood using the principles and science supporting healing modal theory. Musicians expand their intuitive skill as they recognize which mood to set, or match, to support the ailing. This book gives the healing musician a new repertoire designed to progress the art of playing healing music at the bedside. The guidance is described in a fashion to help take the musician off the score sheet and into the intuitive perspective for a more efficient way to create a healing environment.

Description

Play naturally, play simply and play powerfully are the three declarations that summarize The Gift of Healing Modes music book. It's impressive what can be done with only seven notes. But, far beyond this is the way each mode, or scale, is distinguished from the next, conceptually, structurally and audibly. Each mode has its own relative mood quality. “It's how the music makes you feel, and where it takes you that counts,” says author Stella Benson. She writes, “Although it may seem simple to you, if you can hear a mode and know which mode is sounding, without looking at the music, then is when you have mastered the modes.”
Stella Benson connects the science with her assertions to support why pure intervals, harmonic series, Natures Chord, and the human voice frequency range are critical, and perhaps overlooked, aspects of therapeutic music.
The explanations, instructions, and music in this 161-page book will allow all levels of musicians to enter the world of healing music, including 77 modal scores and a section on modal improvisation. Of particular interest are explanations of how to heighten or lesson the modal character and quality of any given mode, strengthening or weakening the ambience.

About the Author

Stella Benson is a pioneer in the application of healing music. She brings more than twenty years of study and teaching of Western modes. She is Director of the Healing Musician's Center, past Executive Director of the Music for Healing and Transition Program, and currently serves on the board of directors of the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. Her educational materials consists of the book The Healing Musician, a guide to playing healing music at the bedside , the Healer's Way companion music books, Volume I, Soothing Music for Those in Pain and Volume II, Calming Music for Anxiety . Stella Benson's Healer's Way recorded series is heard in hospices and hospitals internationally, as well as in the home.


The Healing Musician, a guide to playing healing music at the bedside, by Stella Benson
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$30 each






Why This Book is Important to Spread the Healing
"...This book provides the information useful for musicians who want to use their music to aid the sick and terminally ill. ... Ms. Benson is clear as to the role of this type of intervention.."
-Barbara Crowe, Music Therapy Director, Arizona State University

Description
This guide is for anyone who wants to play live music to the ailing at the bedside. This book takes the reader into the world of comfort care. It illustrates what musical instruments are appropriate. It suggests how to use the major principles of music: rhythm, harmony and melody. It tells how music affects the body in five basic ways, both physiological and psychological. Expectations and behavior in the sickroom are highlights, as well as simple communications skills in assessing patient needs. The reader will learn how music can address those suffering from pain and anxiety. For the more ambitious reader, simple modal music theory is illustrated for improvisation with exercises. Nine examples from the three music strains in CD included.

Reviews
Christina Tourin, Director Int'l Harp Therapy Program
"Stella Benson lends understanding to the subtle nuances of how to find a patients' resonant point and of Inclusive Attention, which are the basics of the International Harp Therapy Program. In her book, she superbly captures the many components of providing music at the bedside, whether during transition times or mending moments. This book provides a comprehensive look at the modal system of improvising, following a patients direction in music, [and] of the medical environment ... The Healing Musician: A guide to playing healing music at the bedside will now become a sound reference for our students."

About the Author
"Stella Benson has spent several years in training, private study, internship and practice of her art, throwing her whole being into it. Pursuing fact and experience to such a degree has made her an authority among her peers. Her passion for her work is an example we may confidently emulate"
- Laurie Riley
CMP, Co-Founder, The Music for Healing and Transition Program & author, Body, Mind, Music




The Healer's Way Vol I Companion Music Book, by Stella Benson
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$25 each







About this Book

Now anyone can play healing music. Stella Benson brings to print the scores from her popular recording, The Healer's Way Volume I, soothing music for those in pain, in an easy style, in keeping with the healing music tenet "less is more." At the beginning of this book is a clear definition of healing music, different types of healing music and how music may affect the listener. Each score is musically analyzed to indicate the therapeutic possibilities. The reader learns how the healing musician can be guided when observing the different types of pain, including physical, emotional and spiritual. This healing music book is for all levels of musicians, and can be especially useful for healthcare professionals, musicians, and volunteers, already in the healthcare arena.

  • For all levels of musicians
  • Clear definition of healing music
  • More of how music heals
  • Different types of healing music
  • Addresses pain: physical, emotional and spiritual
  • All eleven shores, multiple key settings




The Gift of Healing Modes, Music Book, by Stella Benson
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$35 each






Now you can add to your healing music repertoire. Stella Benson brings to print the music from her second recording, The Healer's Way Volume II, calming music for anxiety, continuing to offer "tried and true" music that she has used over the years specifically to bring a temporary reprieve of anxiety to the sick, injured and dying. To help the musician become the best in expressing calming music, Ms. Benson has included a briefing on anxiety disorders, how to measure anxiety, and how to prepare to play calming music. The music in this book has the potential to:

  • Change subjective interpretations, which perpetuate a state of apprehension and worry.
  • Eliminate avoidance behavior, which allows anxiety to accumulate.
  • Reduce physiological reactivity such as sweat, high pulse, and restlessness.

As in all of Stella Benson's books, this healing music book is for all levels of musicians. It can be especially useful for healthcare professionals, volunteers, and anyone with a musician's inclination or desire who is already in the healthcare arena. Easy-read, wire-bound, 113 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 page size.




Good Vibrations, Principles of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy, by Sarajane Williams
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$35 each






By Sarajane Williams

Review by Lynette Edelson.

I was very excited to read your new book, Good Vibrations, Principles of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy! Your cover design had just the right mix of science and beauty, and the "fresh" colors made me want to pick up the book. The content was as interesting as the cover promised it to be, right from the start.

I was happy to see that you have laid out the history of the therapeutic harp movement in chronological order, which I have never seen in a book before. It's great that you have a photo next to the pioneers that you are talking about, as it makes for more interesting reading. You have even included the charter members of the newly formed NCBTM (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Musicians), which shows that this book is extremely current.

Much of your material, such as chapters on Listening, Vibrational Medicine, Psychological Perspectives, and Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy, have not been covered in current books on harp therapy, to my knowledge, and I think this is a necessary element. At the end of your book you've included five original compositions with the intention of easing breathing for patients. They are reflective, quite slow and steady yet uplifting, and easy to play. It will be interesting to try them for patients with breathing difficulties and chart the results.

The research and case studies will be useful for therapeutic musicians looking for supportive documentation. This really makes me think about how much more difficult it was to talk to people about the use of the harp for medical situations back in the mid 1990's than it is today. It's amazing to think of the progress that's been made since then. There are probably thousands of harpists now involved in bringing harp music to ill people and people in pain in hospitals all over the US. The Harp Therapy Journal has served to unite all of these pioneering people in sharing research and other therapeutic harp projects, and now this new book of yours brings together all of the current scientific information regarding this movement.

I can highly recommend Good Vibrations to therapeutic musicians and students of certification programs; it will be on the new book list for the Compassionate Harps program.

Lynette Edelson
Compassionate Harps, Harp Program Director
Alta Loma, California




Shadows of the Living Light: Songs of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, by Mona Peck & Melinda Gardiner
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$23.00 each






(Nada Publications, 2006)
Review by Therese Shroeder-Sheker
This spiral-bound anthology presents seven highly melismatic compositions, mostly antiphons, reproduced in square neume notation on the verso (left page) and modern notation on the recto (right page). This compact edition includes translations of the Latin, a modest bibliography and discography, brief commentaries, and a great deal of idealism and devotion to the material. The notation is clear and well-spaced, and the spiral binding creates a very practical performance edition. The editors have interpreted the compositions modestly, with lead-sheets, making an ideal selection for either harpists or singers who are exploring Hildegard studies. One antiphon, O Pastor Animarum, is presented in a fully modern interpretation, with complete notation in two clefs rather than lead sheet conventions.