There has been a lot of positive research on how music enhances the memory and the learning process. Researchers have discovered how music can reduce stress and how it can change brainwave patterns. New discoveries are being made all the time.
Why does music have this profound effect on us?
The reason is because we are music and each of us walks to our own tune and rhythm. Let’s compare some of the different aspects of the music to our bodies, minds, emotions, soul and spirit.
In music, we have various components that composers use to create music. Our body also has similar components that create us.
Music needs notes, tones, and a melody. Our body is made up of an endocrine system around which the frequency of certain notes and colours help us to stay healthy and balanced. So we each have our own tune or frequency that we vibrate with. In the 1920’s, Dr. Royal Rife did extensive research in the area of frequencies and disease.
Music has rhythm – a beat or a pulse. Musicians call this tempo. Our body’s beat is our heart that keeps our blood flowing correctly. Our heart beat speeds up when we become excited, when we run or exercise just the same as the beat in music becomes faster as the tempo is increased. Our heart slows down when we rest and sleep just as the music when the tempo decreases.
Our brainwaves work on a rhythmic pattern as well.
Brainwaves are categorized in 4 categories :
Beta - (13- 40 cycles per second),
Alpha - (8-13 cycles per second),
Theta - (4-7 cycles per second),
Delta - (1/2 - 4 cycles per second)
I started studying and researching the effects of music which optimize our body, emotions and brain wave patterns in 1986 and I began writing music using this information.
In the early ‘90’s, I wrote music for my Grade 4 and 5 class which predominately were A.D.D., A.D.H.D. and Learning Challenged students. I realized that these students were my creative right brainers. For a lot of them their challenge was focus and concentration. Art, Music, Phys. Ed, and anything creative was a lot easier than reading, spelling, grammar and math. A lot of teachers and parents were having trouble understanding that these students needed to move around to learn. The constant fidgeting and outbursts would drive others to distraction.
So I wrote Infinite Joy. It calmed the classroom down. The students were focusing and concentrating. They were getting down to the task at hand. They were completing their work. I was amazed. So were other adults. So was The National Research Council of Canada.
The National Research Council of Canada, supported a seven month intensive research project with The Neurology Department at Brock University in the Cognitive Research Laboratory to study the effects of Infinite Joy with the elderly, brain injured, students with learning difficulties and university students.
This study resulted in writing Infinite Mind Vol 1 & Vol 2 (known as Training Freedom 1 and 2 for animals) for the brain-injured but it ended up doing much more.
Infinite Joy definitely showed that in the elderly, head-injured and in children, there was a remarkable improvement in cognition activities (i.e. focus, attention and concentration). The results for Infinite Mind showed that in the elderly, head-injured and students, there was a remarkable improvement in the Memory activities (i.e. Implicit Memory- unaware retrieval and Explicit Memory-deliberate recollection). The head-injured response became predictable in every case. The EEG showed an increase in specific brain wave activity, (while this music was playing, before and after learning), which did not show up using other music. These changes in the brain wave patterns are not only due to learning, but they also reflect changes in the EEG as a function of the interaction between learning and listening to Infinite Joy.
When Infinite Joy is being played, our beta (conscious mind) and 4th stage delta (our deepest sleep) brain waves are equally activated. According to the neurologists research, in the 4th stage delta, protein is assimilated which helps the learning take place. If we are over 50(depending on our biological clock), stressed or in ill-health, the tendency is not to move into that 4th stage delta sleep. The results are forgetfulness, feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, difficulty in focusing on the task at hand, and a slowness to heal.
When Infinite Joy, in the waking or sleeping process, is being played, both patterns of beta mind and 4th stage delta are being equally activated which results in focusing and concentrating, as well as healing..
At the same time, my vet was playing the music and found that it helped settle her animals in the kennel during a thunder storm. The music calmed the animals and their owners when they came to her clinic. The music did much more as you will see when you read the testimonies.
Infinite Joy has been renamed Pet Ease for the animals. The formulas and patterns are the same but the ocean sounds in the background have been removed as a lot of animals fear the ocean..