and music therapy are closely related and serve a similar purpose
- the systematic application of music to engage and support life
processes and produce deep relaxation in the patient, which in turn,
contributes greatly to the alleviation of physiological and emotional
Music therapy however
is defined as a behavioral science. The use of music in a therapeutic
application presupposes a reserve of patient energy; it engages interaction,
participation, or response from the attentive client, either from
within controlled listening environments or by music- making activities.
is rooted in palliative medicine. In its clinical
focus, it includes all of the characteristics of music therapy, but
differs from it
as it is
concerned solely with addressing the complex needs of the dying. The
dying person is often weakened, sometimes even comatose, and should
not be expected to "spend" energy making new connections.
musician-clinician with over 100 scholarly publications in musicology,
monastic medicine, Music-Thanatology, contemplative musicianship,
and the woman mystics of the 13th and 20th centuries.
She is the founder of the palliative medical field of Music-Thanatology.
you to become familiar with Theresa's work and the Chalice of Repose
project. Google.com is an excellent search engine listing
articles about her work.
to other sources:
of Repose Website
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the patient only receives, and in this vulnerable passage becomes
a chalice and is anointed with very specific music, sound, or tonal
Schroeder-Sheker has gifted many with what must be considered a truly
exhaulted art of music for healing. As a composer, harpist and singer
Therese maintains dual careers in music
and medicine. She is an international concert and
artist, made her Carnegie hall debut in