The notes (tones) of a musical work represent fixed frequencies in a constant flux of tensions and relaxations, movements of organized sound energy that breathe and create patterns of organization in the electric behavior of the listener's brain. The experience of proper and sustained music listening can naturally and subliminally rearrange brain activity, inducing various positive modifications in the listener, both functional and structural.
Consonance Music is a pioneer in the field of Neuromusicology, having developed methodology to enable parents to positively impact the lives of their children right at home by means of music listening.
The Consonance Music @ Home Listening Program is designed to meet the individual requirements of each child through unique audio content geared to the recovery/development of motor, speech and cognitive functionality.
The Program is structured in modules of four months each, whereby subsequent modules feature increasing complexity of music stimuli. In other words, each subsequent module aims to induce a higher degree of organization in brain activity. At the end of each module, parents may choose to continue the Program by subscribing to following modules, according to evaluation of results.
Consonance Music offers proprietary audio content, produced based on criteria involving an array of physical and psychological attributes of sound and music. In this process, music features such as tempo, timbre, frequency, spectrogrammatics, rhythmic and harmonic recursive variants are digitally manipulated and assembled with the aim of targeting and activating neurological structures responsible for the performance of specific functionalities.
The Consonance Music @ Home Listening Program provides parents with the necessary materials and monitoring tools that they need in order to establish a listening routine that will measurably foster neurological recovery/development, therefore securing a higher quality of live for the child.
It is imperative to understand that a diagnosis is not a destiny. Nonetheless, given that neuroplasticity decreases with time, the sooner one establishes a listening routine, the greater the chances of positive modification in terms of neurological health and behavior.
Our methodology addresses brain circuitry and structures, not symptoms, diagnosis or labels. Indeed, the human brain can be injured in many ways and for several reasons. We therefore focus on recovering and developing capacities by enhancing and leveraging neurophysiological processes, irrespective of what caused the injury.
Ricardo Peres, CEO
Consonance Music LLC
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Consonance Music @ Home Listening Program
SUMMARY OF PROGRAM
Duration of Program: 4 months (120 days).
Consultation: 60-minute online interview conducted through WebEx (Cisco) with parent or guardian of child, scheduled immediately following subscription to Program.
Questionnaire: Sent from Consonance Music via email directly to parent or guardian of child for completion immediately after Consultation and, subsequently, 30, 60, 90 and 120 days after Program has commenced.
Proprietary Audio Files-mp3 (PAFs-mp3) playlists: Audio playlists sent from Consonance Music directly to parent or guardian of child through links (dropbox.com) for download.
Dynamic replacement of audio playlists: According to evaluation registered in Questionnaires. Adjustments and changes of audio playlists are determined by the sole discretion of Consonance Music LLC. Parents or guardians agree to replace audio playlists immediately upon receipt of new material and to carefully follow accompanying instructions.
Note: The PAFs-mp3 playlists are intended for exclusive use of child, and cannot be copied or transferred to third parties under any circumstances. Each PAFs-mp3 playlist is approximately 30 minutes long.
Required sound reproduction equipment: Portable player with at least 30 watts of power and mp3 player. Portable player should be placed between 6 and 8 feet from the head of child. Audio volume should not, under any circumstance, exceed 50 dB (i.e.: the volume of a normal conversation).
Daily audio playlist listening routine: Morning and evening sessions.
Channeling Music: The Consonance Questionnaire is provided in order to gear playlist selection to the issues that need to be addressed.
The Questionnaire is a tool that allows for the necessary degree of accuracy and cross-referencing for parent or guardian to adequately gauge any meaningful change. Once the listening routine has been established, the Questionnaire should be filled out every 30 days during the Program in order to optimize data collection.
As changes take place and are registered in Questionnaire, new playlists are provided with updated audio content that is poised to take advantage of the most recent gains exhibited by the child.
The Acoustic Space: Perhaps the most fundamental characteristic of sound is that it makes up the space: sound content and acoustic space unite to become one single entity. Unlike in visual space, where the object that you see fits into a context with space separating it from other objects, sound, like smell, fuses text and context.
It is vital therefore that the child´s listening sessions take place in a dedicated environment, preferably a silent room equipped with a high-fidelity mp3 player, where the music can take over the acoustic space exclusively.
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The notes (tones) of a musical work represent fixed frequencies in a constant flux of tensions and relaxations, movements of organized sound energy that breathe and create patterns of organization in the electric behavior of the listener's brain.
The experience of proper and sustained music listening can naturally and subliminally rearrange brain activity, inducing various positive modifications in the listener, both functional and structural.
(Photo: core brain regions associated with musical activity, Mark Tramo, 2001)
Because of the endogenous role that sound plays in human neurological development, music is able to induce a number of positive neurological changes when granted proper routine exposure. Indeed, the well-established physical phenomenon of rhythmic entrainment¹ causes a psychological template that allows the listener to naturally and effortlessly follow the musical events making up a given musical narrative.
While organizing crucial neurochemical flows and integrating brain circuitry through resonance, music as movement can also activate Mirror-Neuron Systems (MNS)² in frontal and parietal regions, therefore increasing brain plasticity, sensory integration and learning ability.
Put together, these effects of the music experience can teach the brain how to learn and relearn, positively affecting white and gray matter and also modifying RNA (DNA transcriptome) to measurably enhance neurogenesis and neuroprotection in the listener, as scientific studies have shown³. Such effects induce brain organization and synchrony, which is progressively translated into improved functionality and behavior.
¹Neurobiological foundations of neurologic music therapy: rhythmic entrainment and the motor system, 2014 (Thaut, McIntosh and Hoemberg, 2014).
² Mirror-Like Mechanisms and Music, 2009 (Alessandro D’Ausilio, 2009); The mirror-neuron system, 2004 (Rizzolatti and Craighero, 2004).
³The effect of listening to music on human transcriptome, 2015 (Kanduri, Raijas et al., 2015).
(Photo: Paleolithic flute, 35 thousand years old - Macmillan Publishers, 2009)
The potential impact of routine exposure to music on neuroplasticity represents a demonstrable opportunity to improve neurological functionalities, expressed in terms of motor skills (gross and fine), speech abilities and cognitive aspects, such as attention and memory.
Attentive parents of kids with impaired functionalities such as these are well aware that improvement in behavior is a consequence of engendering capacity in the child, and that is why they use a variety of therapies: to stimulate and get response from the brain in a regular and sustained effort to build and consolidate capacity in the child.
Given that music listening scaffolds¹, protects and leverages the development of other neurological functions², caretakers and therapists alike are usually quick to observe the child´s better response and improvement in their respective therapies once a proper music listening routine has commenced. In our experience, occupational and visual therapists, phonoaudiologists and teachers are usually the first to observe modification.
We encourage the exchange and inquiry between parents and therapists with regards to the expected benefits of implementing a proper listening routine for the child. The more feedback parents can obtain from the health professionals involved with their children, the better they can fine tune their own observation and monitoring at home.
¹ Sound symbolism scaffolds language development in preverbal infants, 2014 (Asano et al, 2014).
² The healing power of music, 2015 (Thompson and Schlaug, 2015).
Ricardo Peres began piano studies at the age of 7 in São Paulo, Brazil. He launched his music career at 16 with a live piano recital on television (TV Cultura, SP-BR) in 1982. At 18, the pianist released his first recording with works of Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann, and subsequently transferred residence to the USA to continue his music studies.
In 1990, Ricardo Peres moved to Canada. He has performed in North America as piano soloist and also in chamber music concerts, touring, recording for radio broadcast – CBC, Radio Canada, National Public Radio – and releasing four CDs with piano works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Villa-Lobos, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Nazareth, Guarnieri, Gismonti, as well as his own compositions.
During his recent term in Brazil (2006 – 2012), Ricardo Peres performed in a number of concert series dedicated to building new audiences, creating greater access to instrumental music, and promoting cultural programs that apply music as social technology.
Concurrently to his performances, the pianist has for the last two decades dedicated himself to investigating the Neuroscience of Music, a novel and exciting field that offers an affordable and effective way to advance cure and provide relief to a number of neurological disorders through acoustically controlled music experiences. Ricardo Peres has been actively promoting the advancement of knowledge about the relationship between music and the human brain, having developed clinic methodology for the treatment of adults and children with neurological diseases.
The pianist launched the Consonance Project in 2013 with the aim of providing support services to public and private clinics, hospitals and medical centers in North America and Brazil. Consonance Music operates in Brazil and in the United States (www.consonancemusic.com) through clinics, workshops, as well as cultural, scientific and business events that promote the application of music toward health and well-being.