15-29 Segment 2: The Joy of Singing


Synopsis: Research shows that singing in a group has health benefits, as well as simply making people feel good. Experts and participants discuss this increasing singing trend in society, and how singing is being used to treat one serious disease.

Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Stacy Horn, author, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others; Dr. Barbara Reuer, CEO and Founder, Musicworx, Incorporated music therapy practice, San Diego; Karen Hesley, speech pathologist and director, Tremble Clefs singing group

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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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