The benefits and goals of learning and appreciating music has been widely discussed as long as time itself. According to the Chinese philosopher Confucius, “the essence of music is humaneness”; the ancient Greeks put one god, Apollo, in charge of both medicine and music; Plato explained that “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything else.” The English poet Robert Browning wrote that “He who hears music feels his solitude peopled all at once.”
Our story today, however, is one of music and its impact on health and society. This panel discussion will look into the ways in which music is applied in healthcare, mainly through the scope of therapy, rehabilitation, as well as special needs education.