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Arts in Medicine: Music & Health Course

Course Readings

List compiled by Dr. Miriam Zach with additions by Ferol Carytsas.
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Akombo, D. (2006) Music & Healing Across Cultures.

Aldridge, D. (1996) Music Therapy Research and Practice in Medicine.

Aldridge, D. (1999) Music Therapy in Palliative Care: New Voices.

Alvin, J. (1991) Music Therapy for the Autistic Child.

Bonny, H. & Savary, L. (1973) Music and Your Mind: Listening with a New Consciousness.

Bruser, J., ed. (1999) The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart. (e-book version.

Bunt, C. & Hoskyns, S. (2002) Handbook of Music Therapy.

Cabral, J., Lee, T., & Wright, M. (2020) The Engaged Caregiver: How to Build a Performance-driven Workforce to Reduce Burnout and Transform Care. (e-book on order)

Campbell, D. (1983) Introduction to the Musical Brain. (1992 edition)

Campbell, D. (1997) The Mozart Effect. (2000 edition)

Campbell, D. (2000). Music: Physician for Times to Come.

Chopra, D. (1990) Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine.

Citron, M. (1993) Gender and the Musical Canon.

Clift. S., Camic, P., eds. (2016) Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing: International perspectives on practice, policy and research.

Davis, W., Gfeller, K., Thaut, M. (2008) An Introduction to Music Therapy and Practice. 3rd edition.

Eagle, C. & Lantom, W. (1984) Music Therapy for Handicapped Children.

Fancourt, D. (2017) Arts in Health: Designing and researching interventions.

Gardner, H. (1983) Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences.

Gardner, K. (1990) Sounding the Inner Landscape: Music as Medicine.

Gouk, P. (2000) Musical Healing in Cultural Contexts.

Graham-Pole, J. (2000) Illness and the Art of Creative Self-Expression.

Green, B. & Gallwey, T. (1986) The Inner Game of Music.

Hargreaves, D. & North, A. (2001) Musical Development and Learning: The International Perspective.

Hargreaves, D. & North, A. (1997) The Social Psychology of Music.

Helmholtz, Hermann. (1954) On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music.

Horden, Peregrine, ed. (2000) Music as Medicine: The History of Music Therapy since Antiquity.

Jahn, A. (2013) The Singer's Guide to Complete Health.

Jourdain, R. (1997) Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination.

Kempter, S. (2003) How Muscles Learn: Teaching the Violin with the Body in Mind.

Koen, B., ed. (2008) The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology.

Lambert, P. eds. (2016) Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare.

Lanthom-Radocy, W. (2002) Pediatric Music Therapy.

Levitin, D. (2006) This is Your Brain on Music.

Licht, S. (1946) Music in Medicine.

Lieberman, J. (1991) You are Your Instrument: the Definitive Musician's Guide to Practice and Performance.

MacDonald, R., Kreutz, G., Mitchell, L., ed. (2012) Music, Health & Wellbeing.

McClellan, R. (1988) The Healing Forces of Music.

Miles, E. (1997) Tune your Brain: Using Music to Manage your Mind, Body, and Mood.

Merritt, S. Mind, Music and Imagery. NY: Penguin, 1990

Muecke, M. and Zach, M. (2007) Resonance: Essays on the Intersection of Music and Architecture.

Neumayr, A. (1994-1995) Music and Medicine, vols. I, II & III.

Okigbo, A. (2016) Music, Culture, and the Politics of Health: Ethnography of a South African AIDS Choir.

Patel, A. (2008) Music, Language and the Brain.

Pratt, R. (1993) Music Therapy and Music Education for the Handicapped.

Radocy, R. & Boyle, J.D. (2003) Psychological Foundations of Musical Behavior, 5th ed.

Randel, Don Michael, ed. (1986) The New Harvard Dictionary of Music. (2003 edition also available)

Ristad, E. (1982) A Soprano on Her Head.

Reubart, D. (1995) Anxiety and Musical Performance: On Playing the Piano from Memory.

Sacks, O. (2006) Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.

Sacks, O. (1989) Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf.

Sacks, O. (1998) The Man Who Mistook His Wife for Hat.

Sadler, B. & Ridenour, A. (2009) Transforming the Healthcare Experience Through the Arts.

Salmon, P. & Meyer, R. (1992) Notes from the Green Room: Coping with Stress and Anxiety in Musical Performance.

Sazer, V. (2003) New Directions in Cello Playing: How to Make Cello Playing Easier and Play Without Pain.

Schafer, R. (1977) The Tuning of the World. (1994 edition also available)

Schullian, D. & Schoen, M. (1996) Music and Medicine.

Serlin, I. (2007) Whole Person Healthcare, Vol. 3: The Arts and Health.  

Smith, B. & Sataloff, R. (2006) Choral Pedagogy. 2nd ed. (2013 edition also available)

Spintge, R. & Droh, R., eds. (1992) MusicMedicine: IV International MusicMedicine Symposium.

Suzuki, S. (1974) The Suzuki Concept: An Introduction to a Successful Method for Early Music Education.

Taylor, J. (2009) My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.

Thompson, W.F. (2014) Music, Thought, and Feeling: Understanding the Psychology of Music.

Wheeler, B., ed. (1995) Music Therapy: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives.

Whitehead-Pleaux, A. & Tan, X., eds. (2017) Cultural Intersections in Music Therapy: Music, Health and the Person.

Wigram, T., Pederson, I., Bonde, L. (2002) A Comprehensive Guide to Music Therapy. (music CD also available)

Wong, L. (2013) Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine.


Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, (streaming) 2014 (also available through Amazon Prime)

Composed, (streaming) 2017

Itzhak, (DVD) 2018 (also available through Amazon Prime)

The Music Instinct: Science and Song, (DVD) 2009

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, (streaming) 2015

There is a Place, (streaming) 2016

Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie, (DVD) 2004

Feature Films

Jenseits der Stille: Beyond Silence, (DVD) 1999

The King’s Speech, (DVD) 2010

Mr. Holland's Opus, (DVD) 1995 (also available through Amazon Prime

Music of the Heart, (DVD) 1999

Still Alice, (streaming) 2015

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