17-07 Segment 2: Music for the Dying and Grieving

Woman's hands playing harp

 

Music thanatology is a specialized practice of playing harp music for the dying. A practitioner of the art explains how there is also science to it as well, and a woman whose family has used it describes her experience.

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16-52 Segment 2: Beat Deafness

Wooden Mechanical Metronome With Motion From Arm Movement

 

Some people simply have no rhythm. A small percentage may be “beat deaf,” the rhythmic equivalent of tone deafness, and have a biological deficit in their body’s timing mechanism. Experts discuss the problem and other body timekeeping clocks that may be affected.

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15-13 Story 1: Tone Deafness

 

Synopsis: Millions of people can’t carry a tune when they sing and believe they’re tone deaf. However, most simply have trouble matching tones when they sing and would benefit from more practice. To the truly tone deaf person, all pitches sound alike. No amount of practice would help. Experts discuss the concept and offer hope to the karaoke-challenged.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Psyche Loui, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Wesleyan University; Dr. Dominique Vuvan, post-doctoral fellow, International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research; Dr. Steven Demorest, Professor of Music Education, Northwestern University

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