Violin for Wellness

What is Hippotherapy?

What is Hippotherapy? What is hippotherapy? It has nothing to do with a hippopotamus. Think Greece. “Hippos” is the Greek word for “horse”.A clear description of hippotherapy is one provided in an abstract by Brandon Rhett Rigby, M.S.B.M.S. (2009) who states: Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy that uses horse movement as a physical therapy tool … What is Hippotherapy? Read More »

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The Beauty of Music 1

The Beauty of Music 1 How we use music to mirror or affect our emotional state can differ from person to person. When music is needed for release, it is there for us, from the dark oceans of Bartok String Quartets, the acidity of Shostakovich, to the wild head-banging of metal music. Others may chose … The Beauty of Music 1 Read More »

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The Beauty of Music 2

The Beauty of Music 2 Since I wrote the Beauty of Music 1, I’ve started reading Elena Mannes’s book called The Power of Music. I would highly recommend this reading for anybody. Her language is accessible and compelling. I’ve been thrilled to find her last few years have produced a body of collective knowledge that … The Beauty of Music 2 Read More »

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Horsehead Fiddle: The First Violin?

Horsehead Fiddle: The First Violin? The Connection of Violin and Horse Legend has it that the original violin, called a chuurqin, was born in Mongolia. In Central Asia, 6th Century, a boy loved his steed more than life itself. According to one Mongolian legend, the horse was slain and came to the boy in a … Horsehead Fiddle: The First Violin? Read More »

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Music and the Brain

Music and the Brain What do we know about Music and the Brain? How does the brain show the effects of musical intervention? Can the frequencies and emotions produced by music create new synapses? If you want to dig a little bit, here is a crazy example of what our brains do when we hear … Music and the Brain Read More »

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Preliminary Study at Valley – Fall 2014

Preliminary Study at Valley – Fall 2014 In 2014, Pippa and I ran a 14-week study at Valley Therapeutic with two 3.5 olds. We were interested in determining how the instantaneous use of the violin voice was helping her reach her clientsas we were repeatedly seeing greater responses from many of her riders, more than … Preliminary Study at Valley – Fall 2014 Read More »

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The Arts and Social Working

The Arts and Social Working The most effective and meaningful forum for developing an appreciation for the arts and for self is through a program started by Rudolf Steiner in Germany in the 1960’s. We know of it by the name of Waldorf, an education system that honors the individuality of each child.His vision was … The Arts and Social Working Read More »

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Are Musicians Really Neuroscientists?

Are Musicians Really Neuroscientists? The more I read, the more I know I’m right. The more I experience with my wellness program, the more I see weekly the effects music has on people.As I play my violin for disabilities in the therapeutic riding arena, a magical gateway is opened.The client becomes pliable, a necessity for … Are Musicians Really Neuroscientists? Read More »

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