Episode 036 | Sandra Holten | A Music Therapist Helping People with the Voice

 

Music Therapist, Sandra Holten, talks with Tara about the use of auditory tools that help with some of life’s physical disabilities, including the voice.  The brain is used to bypass some of these ailments and therefore create change for those who struggle daily.  “The brain is our big motherboard”, she says.  This approach is educating the brain but melds the traits in music with physical action.  Listen to this eye-opening revelation! 

Music Therapy (MT) has biblical history with David calming Saul with music. In the 1940’s the VA system used it for soldiers who were shell-shocked. 

MT is: Using music to bring about non-musical goals.  Looking at music scientifically aids in bringing physical results. 

Music affects the brain and MT helps the science evolve. . 

The brain can compute music into walking using the external and innate cue of rhythm and will awaken the motor system which is not affected by the disability. 

In Parkinson’s there is smallness of movement, stiffness, monotone including vocal folds. 
EXERCISES:  “Bboo! Bboo!!” /  Minnie Pearl “Howdee!” / Lip buzzing. Alternate between talking and singing. Emphasis on individual words. Pace of words. 

MT offers HOPE that you can DO things in the struggle. It gives TOOLS. 

Here are some practical things to do:  Sing! Join a choir!  Karaoke!    

 

References: 

www.nmtacademy.co

musictherapy.org 

Email Sandi directly:  sandra.holten@parknicollet.com 

 

(Sandra Holten, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow at Struthers Parkinson’s Center – Park Nicollet.) 

 

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  • Betty Miller
    Betty Miller Robbinsdale, MN
    Hi, Tara. Hi, Sandra. I did just now listen to your podcast. And decided to take some notes. Overall, I am glad, especially, that I have been taking voice lessons from Tara for maybe 8+ years. My reason to find a teacher was to improve singing in my church choir. We are a small group; and I wanted to sound better; and I needed to know how to go about that. It has been working! The benefits of being in a choir, as you both said, are many. Need I mention endorphins? My notes are one-word or so. Because I was listening; and didn't want to miss something. I can give you my one-word notes in the interest of time now. When you were referring to rhythm while walking, it occurred to me that THAT is kind of what dancing is. I want to tell you that I have been watching Polka Spotlight on local tv for many years (more than 10). I watch the couples and their compatibility as they move together. And how spry most of them are; I would say they may range in age from 60 up to at least 89! I could comment on many of the couples. You could say I have been studying them. :) That was more than one word notes. Here are some of those: Hearing, breathing, the WWII (I was born in 1938 and it was imprinted in my childhood.) Minnie Pearl; albums. I have new reasons to continue lessons! Thanks for this lesson! Betty ❣️🎼🎵

    Hi, Tara. Hi, Sandra.

    I did just now listen to your podcast. And decided to take some notes.

    Overall, I am glad, especially, that I have been taking voice lessons from Tara for maybe 8+ years. My reason to find a teacher was to improve singing in my church choir. We are a small group; and I wanted to sound better; and I needed to know how to go about that. It has been working! The benefits of being in a choir, as you both said, are many. Need I mention endorphins?

    My notes are one-word or so. Because I was listening; and didn't want to miss something.

    I can give you my one-word notes in the interest of time now.

    When you were referring to rhythm while walking, it occurred to me that THAT is kind of what dancing is.

    I want to tell you that I have been watching Polka Spotlight on local tv for many years (more than 10). I watch the couples and their compatibility as they move together. And how spry most of them are; I would say they may range in age from 60 up to at least 89! I could comment on many of the couples. You could say I have been studying them. smile
    That was more than one word notes.

    Here are some of those: Hearing, breathing, the WWII (I was born in 1938 and it was imprinted in my childhood.) Minnie Pearl; albums.

    I have new reasons to continue lessons!

    Thanks for this lesson!

    Betty ❣️🎼🎵

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