Music: A Universal Language for Harmony

Exploring the Cultural and Therapeutic Impact of Music September 11, 2004

Transcending racial, cultural, and ideological boundaries, music is a universal language that brings together human beings from all different origins, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Used in many cultures and traditions as a vehicle for inner reflection and contemplation, music invigorates the spirit and strengthens higher love. In addition, in recent years musicologists have explored numerous therapeutic and psychological benefits of music. The goal of this symposium is to create an open forum for understanding music as a vehicle to explore commonalities amongst cultures and to evaluate the therapeutic impact of music in modern time.

Kamran Bayegan, Founder and Co-Director, New York Early Music Series
Nohema Fern√°ndez, Ph.D., Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Univ. of CA, Irvine
Maria Hall-Brown, Associate Producer/Reporter, KOCE-TV Foundation
Margie Reese, General Manager, City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Cultural Affairs
Ronald Borczon, MT-BC, Founder and Director, Music Therapy Department, CA State Univ. Northridge
David Luce, Ph.D., MT-BC, Professor and Director of Music Therapy, Chapman University
Barbara Reuer, Ph.D., MT-BC, Director, MusicWorx of California
Tom Schnabel, Program Director, World Music at the Hollywood Bowl, Producer, KCRW
Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D., MTA-CMT, Research Scholar, Univ. of CA, Santa Barbara
Omar Akram, New Age Pianist and Recording Artist

Location: Melnitz Hall, University of California, Los Angeles