17 episodes

How and why does music impact human behavior? Each episode we dive into music psychology and music science research from a music therapist's perspective. Come away with practical tips for how you can apply what you learn about music into your everyday life.
Find more information on the research articles and music included in each episode at our website, www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) and Facebook for the latest news and updates!

Instru(mental) with Brea Murakami Brea Murakami

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

How and why does music impact human behavior? Each episode we dive into music psychology and music science research from a music therapist's perspective. Come away with practical tips for how you can apply what you learn about music into your everyday life.
Find more information on the research articles and music included in each episode at our website, www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) and Facebook for the latest news and updates!

    Music as a Social Surrogate

    Music as a Social Surrogate

    How can music serve as a social surrogate when we can't directly interact with others? This episode explores how listening to music can serve as a social proxy and provides ideas for how to strengthen your social relationships in the age of social distancing.

    For more information about the research, resources, and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for news and updates! 

    • 17 min
    Bridging Music Therapy/Cognition [Interview with Daniel Goldschmidt]

    Bridging Music Therapy/Cognition [Interview with Daniel Goldschmidt]

    How can the fields of music therapy and music cognition strengthen each other? This episode features a conversation with music therapist Daniel Goldschmidt (@danielnnz) on a wide range of topics about bridging these two disciplines including:
    What it's like to going to music therapy vs. music cognition conferencesHow Daniel applies music cognition research to his professional practiceWhere music therapy/cognition can easily intersectWhy music therapists need to seek expertise beyond their bubbleFind more information on the research articles and music included in each episode at our website, www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook (@instrumentalpod) for the latest news and updates!

    Cool people mentioned in this podcast:
    Jessica Grahn, PhD
    David Huron, PhD
    Blythe LaGasse, PhD, MT-BC
    Hakeem Leonard, PhD, MT-BC
    Marisol Norris, PhD Candidate, MT-BC
    Jessica Riley, MM, MT-BC
    Natasha Thomas, PhD, MT-BC
    Laural Trainor, PhD, MT-BC
    Lindsay Warrenburg, PhD

    • 36 min
    Drumming and Prosody [Interview with Jessica Riley]

    Drumming and Prosody [Interview with Jessica Riley]

    This episode features an interview with Jessica Riley, a soon-to-be music therapist who started her career in music neuroscience. We talk about how Jessica first got involved in music science research and how she’s applied her research skills to help children with cochlear implants better hear prosody. In this episode you’ll learn more about what music may sound like for cochlear implant users, a drumming-to-speech paradigm Jessica designed to help with prosody recognition, and the importance of prosody in our everyday communication.

    Find more information on the research articles and music included in each episode at our website, www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook (@instrumentalpod) for the latest news and updates!

    Mentioned Resources:
    Video: Willy Wonka with Drums
    Jessica Riley’s Thesis Research Poster: HERE
    Follow Jessica on Twitter: https://twitter.com/urbanfiddle

    • 49 min
    The Auditory Pathway

    The Auditory Pathway

    How do our ears and brains take in and process sound? This episode covers the basics of how we hear starting with sound wave all the way to the primary auditory cortex. Learn how music therapists work with individuals who are hard of hearing and how to protect your own hearing.

    For more information about the research, resources, and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for news and updates!

    • 18 min
    Melody vs. Lyrics and Emotional Intensity

    Melody vs. Lyrics and Emotional Intensity

    How can individual musical elements impact our music listening experiences? This episode is a quick dive into how melody and lyrics in a song impact the emotional intensity of music. Learn how you can make more strategic music choices by becoming mindful of musical elements’ influence in how you perceive music.

    For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter with @instrumentalpod for news and updates!

    • 17 min
    Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories

    Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories

    How do certain songs become intertwined with our personal memories? This episode explores the musical reminiscence bump, how our musical preferences may be influenced by our parents, and the neurologic mechanisms behind music-evoked autobiographical memories. Get ideas for how to use music to frame and reflect on your past experiences. 
    For more information on the research articles and music in this episode, go to www.InstrumentalPodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter (@instrumentalpod) for news and updates!

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Rkerke ,

Best music therapy podcast!

This is the best music therapy podcast I’ve run across. Very informative and fun.

Annoyed persons ,

Drummer with Baha Implant

Would love to get in touch with Brea! I’m a deaf rudimental drummer with a baha cochlear implant on the right ear and waiting to get the Cochlear Osia implant on my left ear. I use a combination of visual and feel to help me with my drumming. If she would like to reach out to me, my social media page is 22q Warrior Drummer page on Facebook. I’m also interested in the music therapy work. Thanks. Peter.

Millett138 ,

Informative and interesting

Brea does a fantastic job of taking complex music psychology concepts and putting them into digestible episodes that any musically interested person could easily comprehend. Well done!

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