Music Initiatives: Anthroposophical Music Therapy, Therapeutic Singing, Lyre Association

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By: Christof-Andreas Lindenberg, Thomas Adam

The healing value of music which penetrates into the human organism was known at all times. The modern human makeup, complicated by special conditions from early childhood on, calls for a very differentiated mode of approach to therapy. The anthroposophical approach provides a deepened understanding of the incarnation process in child development, and the complexities of the integration of the soul and ego forces in the adult. These insights can complete a true diagnostic picture.

More often than not, the soul lives on a disturbed bodily foundation, struggling to find balance in breathing and in movement, to find motivational direction and moral integration.

By using newly understood elements of tones, intervals, rhythms, mirrored tone-sequences and movement-supported sound patterns anthroposophical music Therapy penetrates through to the life-force level of our organism, helping initiate essential change.

In order to effectively work in the realm of anthroposophical music therapy, a path of training has been set up that furthers skills with new instruments. The training includes a necessary introduction to medical and other scientific areas through artistic work and includes personal development.

The Dorion School of Music Therapy in Glenmoore, PA follows the curriculum of well-established European schools of Anthroposphical Music Therapy Trainings in Berlin, Zeist, and Bern. It was established in the US in 2001.

Therapeutic Singing
by Thomas Adam

The elements of singing and the principles of music can be comprehended, through anthroposophy, as archetypes, living in the human being as physical, soul and spiritually organized forces.

When we sing, these forces become visible, as was researched by the well-known Swedish singer Valborg Werbeck -Svardstrom. Her findings, in collaboration with Rudolf Steiner, were later published in her book Uncovering the Voice. 1

In practicing the methods indicated by Mrs. Werbeck, the patient is brought toward attentive listening to his/her own voice, which becomes a means of growing self-awareness and strengthening of the forces of individuality.

Differentiated soul experiences are deepened and find their expression through sung vowels. By shaping consonants the same formative forces are stimulated that are active in the formation of the human physical body.

As sound resonates through the body, blocked energies can be released and revitalization of the organism occurs, leading to enhanced self-healing.

Breathing, the foundation of every sound and tone formation, is re-enlivened and harmonized, thereby bringing balance to the whole human being.

The elements of tone, melody, harmony, rhythm (i.e. all of music's resources), vowels, consonants and the sound resonance of the voice, are gathered into specific exercises for every individual patient and are carried out under the supervision of the therapist.

Therapeutic singing, in both its strengthening and harmonizing aspects, is a process aimed at every single part of the human being, because the whole human being sings!

Therapeutic singing has a long tradition in Europe and, under the guidance of Thomas Adam, a formal training in the US was established in 1999.


Dorion School of Music Therapy,
Christof-Andreas Lindenberg,
1784 Fairview Rd.,
Glenmoore, PA 19343.
Telephone: (610) 469-2583

Robin Elliot,
236 West Portal Ave. #515,
San Francisco, Ca. 94127.
Telephone: (415) 664-6092

Sheila P Johns,
1603 Tilton Drive,
Silver Spring, MD 20902.
Telephone: (301) 681-6546

Channa A. Seidenberg,
P O. Box 925,
29 Maple Avenue,
Philmont, NY 12565.
Telephone: (518) 672-4389

1 briefly out of print

Lyre Association - A Renewal of Music
by Robin Elliott

The Lyre Association of North America is an association devoted to the renewal of music. It supports the work of all those working with etheric tone, a new experience of tone, via lyre, voice and a variety of new instruments.

An important objective of the Lyre Association is to foster the awakening of listening—through which we can perceive tone as bearer of spiritual truth—and to enrich, nourish, and build new capacities in ourselves and in our relationships within our communities.

Threshold work, education, therapeutic work, festival/community work, performance and research are some of the areas in which our members are actively involved.

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