is Music for the Mind?
Music for the Mind
is a unique home-based sound stimulation auditory training program
consisting of 4 specially developed CDs. Each CD contains six ten-minute
progressive segments featuring the improvisational music of Ostad
Elahi with added nature sounds.
What is the purpose
of Music for the Mind?
The purpose of this
program is to improve your ability to perceive a full range of frequencies
and to help you listen actively. Active listening improves tonal
processing, and improved tonal processing by the ear and the brain
supports better auditory sequential processing and language processing.
What is Auditory
is based on the neurological effect of sound on the nervous system.
A cortical charge takes place from the direct application of sound
frequencies, especially when applied through headphones. MFM uses
sound for its vibration impact on the brain. Although MFM’s
improvisational music provides a special music therapy benefit,
its primary purpose is to deliver filtered and non-filtered high-frequency
sounds to the brain to improve tonal processing.
What is Active
implies mindfulness, which is simply the art of paying attention.
In today’s world of busyness and distractibility, we do few
things mindfully or with attention. A primary goal of MFM is to
facilitate the listener’s awareness of and attention to auditory
stimulation so that listening is no longer a passive but an active
process, the benefits of which can carry over into all aspects of
Why was Ostad Elahi’s
music selected for this program?
There are several
reasons why Ostad Elahi’s music offers a unique and powerful
opportunity for promoting active listening. Ostad Elahi’s
music is naturally rich in high frequency sounds that invite deeper
and more precise learning, promoting increased awareness, creativity,
motivation, and energy. The numerous improvisations imbue the music
with a free quality, while the unusual harmonic and rhythmic structures
cause the brain to be attentive in a dramatic way. In addition,
the tonal qualities of the tanbour are quite dramatic, presenting
a dense range of high frequencies more intense than any other instrument.
This density is partially attributable to the fact that Ostad played
multiple notes per second that built on each other’s harmonies.
Who can benefit from
listening is such an important aspect of our daily lives, and because
our auditory system has a profound impact on how we function, it
is fair to say that everyone can benefit from an auditory stimulation
program such as Music for the Mind.
What kind of
equipment do I need to use Music for the Mind?
Due to the importance
of preserving the harmonic content and wide frequency ranges contained
in MFM, high quality equipment is strongly recommended. Whether
you are using a portable CD player or a component home stereo system
(portable boom box players are not recommended), good quality headphones
are essential. The important factor to consider in choosing headphones
is the frequency response. At the high end of the response range,
headphones should have a frequency response of at least 23,000 Hz.
Although CD players are generally tested up to 20,000 Hz for output,
a higher range is required for the headphones to allow for transmission
of the higher frequencies at a relatively low volume.
How loud should
I listen to Music for the Mind?
Volume should be
gentle and soft at all times. The effectiveness of MFM is not based
on amplitude, meaning that more volume does not equal more effect.
In fact, active listening, one of the primary purposes of MFM, is
better served at low volume levels, which help to protect the delicate
mechanisms of the auditory system. In most cases, volume should
be below 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.
How soon will
I notice results?
No two people respond
to auditory training programs in exactly the same manner or rate.
Some individuals may observe changes during the course of the program,
while others may notice changes several months after the program
is completed. Some may experience a dramatic change, while for others
the effects may be more subtle.
Should I continue
to listen if I’m ill?
if you are comfortable. For some illnesses, such as fever or ear
infections, listening may cause some discomfort. If this is the
case, put listening on hold until you feel better. It is recommended
that you consult a physician if the illness is an ear infection.
If you miss a week of listening due to illness, repeat the last
week you had listened to before you stopped and then continue on
from that point.
What if I deviate
from the designated schedule?
If it is a matter
of a few days or a few tracks that have been in error, go back to
where you left off on your regular schedule and continue from there.
If you have been listening to the wrong part of the program for
a week or more, repeat the last week you listened to before you
went off-track and continue on from that point.
What can I do
if my child is resistant to wearing headphones?
For some children,
listening times may initially have to be reduced to facilitate orientation
to the headphones. You can also try setting the volume at a very
low level until your child becomes more accustomed to wearing the
headphones. Try to keep the listening experience as positive as
possible. Sometimes, saving a favorite activity to perform during
listening time can be a good motivator.
Can I engage
in other activities while listening to Music for the Mind?
Let this be one of
those times (or perhaps the only time) during your day when you
take time to be mindful of just one task at a time. You will be
surprised how quickly your listening sessions seem to pass when
you’re simply listening mindfully, which is the ideal way
to listen to this program. If you prefer, however, you can also
take this time to undertake some creative endeavor that you normally
wouldn’t make time for, such as drawing, painting or some
other craft. Stick with activities that allow you to continue to
attend to the music.
Can I repeat
the program when I’m finished?
If you would like
to continue listening to MFM after the completion of the four-week
program, please use your judgment. You may have favorite weeks or
tracks that you prefer listening to. Or, it may be beneficial to
repeat the whole program every two or three months, for example.
We suggest the continued use of this music as a sound shield against
extraneous noise and sound pollution.
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