More than a song: An interview with Dr. Barbara Dunn

In this program, Dr. Barbara Dunn, a music therapist from Seattle, Washington, talks about her new book, More Than a Song: Exploring the Healing Art of Music Therapy. Director of the music therapy program at Whidbey General Hospital, she shares stories and songs from her work with patients with AIDS, lung disease, labor contractions, panic attacks and pain. Through songwriting, vocalizing, music relaxation, and other techniques, she speaks about the influence of Buddhist psychology in her approach and the importance of being present and meeting patients where they are at. Her book is published through the University Book Store Press in Seattle. To contact her or to order a copy of her book, visit


I will Remember You — Barbara Dunn

Old Devil Time — Pete Seeger

We Have Come This Far — Barbara Dunn

Sing A Lullaby —  Barbara Dunn

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Music and the Imagination

In this program, hear about how music can be used to stimulate the imagination for healing and empowerment. Listen to answers to questions from listeners about the relationship between pop stars and healing music, learn how to choose music for a supportive music imagery experience, and try out a sample guided imagery session. In conclusion, Dr. Swamy discusses how she used live music and imagery to help “Elizabeth,” a 9 year old girl heal from abandonment and abuse, and shares a recording of the song they created together from this experience.


Serenade for Strings in E Major — Antonin Dvorak

One Moment in Time — Whitney Houston

Native Funk — Burning Sky

The Lion Sleeps Tonight — Lady Mbule

Farewell to Stromness — the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Invocation — Shyam Smaranam

Veena-Murali — Ravi Shankar (Chants of India)

The Sun is Setting — “Elizabeth”

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“Musical Echolalia” in non-verbal children with autism: an interview with Dr. Krystal Demaine

Many children with autism spectrum disorders display what is known as “echolalia,” an imitation of speech, sounds, movies, or television scripts without inflection or emotional expression. Echolalia is considered dysfunctional by many experts, and can be seen as a barrier or impediment to communicating or interacting with others. However, new research by Dr. Krystal Demaine shows how the use of music can transform this natural imitative behavior into socially engaged and meaningful communication. In this interview, Dr. Demaine describes several forms of musical echolalia, shares excerpts of her work singing and drumming with young children, and offers suggestions for parents and caregivers to meet the needs of their children and increase a sense of bonding through musical exploration. To find out more about her work or to contact Dr. Demaine, visit

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Shostakovich and the mysterious healing

“What is this mysterious medium that moves and heals us?” How does music work as a therapeutic and wellness tool? What does it look like? Where did these practices begin? This show starts out with Dr. Sangeeta Swamy’s experience with the Chagall String Quartet, and how an audience member’s story of healing led her to discover the therapeutic powers of music. Learn about professions such as sound healing, music practitioners, music therapy, and music thanatology and find out about the work these healers do with everyday children, teens and adults across the country.

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Related links:

American Music Therapy Association

Sound Healers Association

Music for Healing Transitions Program

Music Thanatology Association International


On the Wings of Horses/Peter Rowan

Shostakovich Quartet No. 7/St. Petersburg String Quartet

Awake/Peter Mayer

Heart Chakra/Jonathon Goldman/Chakra Chants

Sacred Stones/Sheila Chandra

Heart Chakra/Tibetan Chakra Meditations/Christina Mitchell and Ben Scott

Sri Venkatash/Bombay Jayashri

Halloween Blues and improvisations/personal recordings

Rosa Mystica/Therese Shroeder-Sheker