Let’s talk about the iso-principle. This is a central
concept in music therapy. And it has to do with the
Greek word iso means equal. And music therapists know that in order
to change one’s mood, one’s approach, they really need to match
their mood with the music. So if you’re feeling very depressed,
just quite downhearted and unmotivated, if I put on some peppy music, big
tempo changes, all kinds of new themes and a rich timbre, it may be
so far away from how you feel that you just can’t relate to that. And that music could be
very agitating for you. Similarly, if you’re feeling
overwhelmed, and anxious, and agitated, and you can’t even sit
still, if we played some slow music with long
themes and very soft music, it might not really reach you. It might not resonate. So what music therapist
do is to try and find that music that matches
where you are emotionally and gradually change that music. Perhaps, the music is very
fast and very chaotic, because you’re feeling so confused
and gradually, that music will change. The themes will be singled out. It will become more consonant. There’ll be more resonant
harmonies and flowing themes. And the reverse might be true if you’re
feeling really lonely, and isolated, and you’re just wanting some peace. The music might gradually build,
build in tempo, getting faster, build in dynamics, getting
louder, building in complexity making the timbre much richer and full
and slowly bring you out of that funk. That’s the iso-principle. You’re going to see some animated
demonstrations of some music that might somehow match someone’s mood
and change it just over a few minutes. So listen and watch and see what
you learn about this important music therapy concept. [MUSIC PLAYING]