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The Art and Science of Music and Healing

November 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm



EARLY BIRD EXTENDED ($70/includes lunch) < also sliding scale if needed!

With Music therapists, Eric and Lynn Miller and Yuri Yamamoto

The arts have been used as a healing tool since ancient times. Lynn's Tree Logo in ColorArts rituals were experienced communally; used as a container and structure for facing fears, doubts, suffering as well as for celebration and connection with something greater than self. Today, music is being used therapeutically worldwide in hospitals, institutions and for self-healing and spiritual connection. Latest research shows that the arts are a means for long-term neuro-cognitive change.

In this workshop, we will combine community music making, neuroscience information and biofeedback experiences to explore:

  • Importance of connection through music
  • How to play music for fun, health and well-being
  • How the mind alone can influence physiology (importance of thoughts for healing).
  • How to use the power of the voice for healing (neurological developments on voice and healing)
  • Brain jamming, with biofeedback

Through a fun humanistic approach, participants will develop skills in creating music “in the moment”, through Improvisational (Mindfullness) techniques. Mindfulness is non-judgmental moment- to -moment attention to what is happening, which creates presence. Being present, changes perspectives from negating thoughts to well-being. These skills will be explored using movement, voice and instruments. Therapeutic effects of music created through Mindfullness techniques include:

  • Creative self-expression
  • Stress Reduction
  • Enhanced Spiritual connection
  • Emotional expression
  • Connection with others – collaboration
  • Increased Spontaneity and Resilience (generalizes to other situations)
  • Self-Realization, connection with deeper part of self

Evidenced based studies and experiential understanding will demonstrate how our physiology changes from stress to relaxation and our mind changes from fear to inspiration through Music and Mindfullness.

This workshop does not require any previous experience in creating music. World instruments will be available to play and bring your own. All instruments welcomed!

REGISTER HERE    $70.  /   lunch included!   (earlybird extended)


The presenters:

ERic and Lynn flutesLynn Miller MA, is the author of SpiritArts, Transformation through Creating Art, Music and Movement, which is a culmination of her experience in Arts and Healing. Lynn is a certified music therapist who is also trained in Expressive arts therapy. She has been an adjunct faculty member in music therapy at Immaculata University in PA.

Dr. Eric Miller, Ph.D. biofeedback therapist and board-certified music therapist is author of Bio-guided Music Therapy (2011) Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He serves as Coordinator for the Ott Lab for Music & Health at Montclair University in the Music Therapy Department.

Together the Millers co-authored, a book chapter:  The Use of Music for Neuromodulation. In Evans, J. R., & Turner, R. (Eds.), Rhythmic Stimulation Procedures in Neuromodulation.. Amsterdam: Academic Press.(2017). The Millers are faculty for Flute Haven, a Native American flute school. Retired faculty (20 years) for Music for People, an organization dedicated to music improvisation with the philosophy that music is for everyone.

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Also, Join us on Sunday Nov. 12th 11-12pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh. Lynn and Eric Miller will perform at the service with trombonist Harold McKinney. They will work with the choir and Yuri Yamamoto (music director) to create a special musical program to support the service (including musical participation with the congregation).


November 11, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
3313 Wade Ave
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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