Music and Mindfulness Therapist
About Michael Johnson
Harpist and composer, Michael Johnson has been performing in major concert venues and festivals in Australia and overseas for more than 30 years.
Mike’s compositions are regularly aired on national radio and television.
Mike has been the resident musician and composer at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne for over 20 years, providing his music for thousands of overseas guests and visitors.
He has also been a key member of the therapeutic team at the Gawler Cancer Foundation since 1991.
Furthermore, Mike provides music and mindfulness therapies at the Delmont Psychiatric Hospital and Victorian primary and secondary schools.
You can find out more about Mike and his music on his website.
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Music and Mental Health
Music can have profound effects on the human psyche. Participating in community music can provide one with a deep sense of connection to one’s self and others. Listening to music can be inspirational, motivational, focus our thought processes, and lift our spirits. It colours our lives in so many uplifting ways.
Music has played a significant role in human evolution. Charles Darwin proposed that music, in particular singing, was the precursor to the development of language in early hominids. Music is often seen as the universal language.
Music can have remarkable effects on the brain and body. When listening to personally chosen music, one can significantly increase levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter implicated in mood regulation, attention, learning, and memory. Serotonin is often referred to as the happiness hormone. Music listening also increases serum melatonin, the sleep hormone, along with dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with the feelings of reward, pleasure, and motivation. Furthermore, anyone who has participated in communal singing within a choir will recognise the wondrous feeling attained from the production of oxytocin…the neurotransmitter responsible for human bonding and one of the many compounds manufactured in the body during group music making.
All of these musical activities help to reduce stress and anxiety and diminish the fight or flight response, increasing one’s feelings of wellbeing.
What would we do without the deeply enriching presence of music in our lives?
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