Can Music Heal?

Can Music Heal?

Human history the world over is littered with anecdotes about the power of music. Most often, they make psychological and sociological sense to our modern ears – people bonded together by music and song, music providing consolation in difficult times – but other times, this cornerstone of human creative achievement is imbued with seemingly magical effects, such as healing the sick. Amazingly, modern medical evidence is increasingly bearing this out. What is so special about music that it has fueled lives, families, faiths and societies?

Victoria Bond is an internationally acclaimed classical composer and conductor who also has experience in the world of music therapy. She visited Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY on February 1, 2024 for a talk with Rabbi Dan Geffen and moderator Judy Spencer about the power of music.

(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science.)

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