September 20, 2020


Your life is Art

Rethinking The Role Of Music In The Neurodevelopment Of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Henri Laurens was a French sculptor and Illustrator, born in Paris, on February 18, 1885, in a worker’s family. Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, NY. Twenty-fifth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists. 26 April – 22 June 1931. Catalogue. Miller, Lillian B., ed. The Peale Family. Exh. cat. New York: Abbeville Press in association with the Trust for Museum Exhibitions and the National Portrait Gallery, 1996. Perry, Vicky. Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2005. Hunter, Sam. Modern American Painting and Sculpture. New York: Dell Publishing, 1959. Music plays an important role in the socialization of children and adolescents. Listening to popular music is considered by society to be a part of growing up. Music provides entertainment and distraction from problems and serves as a way to relieve tension and boredom. Some studies have reported that adolescents use popular music to deal with loneliness and to take control of their emotional status or mood. Music also can provide a background for romance and serve as the basis for establishing relationships in diverse settings. Adolescents use music in their process of identity formation, and their music preference provides them a means to achieve group identity and integration into the youth culture. Some authors have suggested that popular music provides adolescents with the means to resolve unconscious conflicts related to their particular developmental stage and that their music preference might reflect the level of turmoil of this stage. I’m glad you’re presenting Australian artists, John, as many Americans haven’t heard of them. What beautiful art (and an unfortunate breakdown he had in later life). I hope you continue this series. Until the twentieth century, most paintings were representational. This means that artists “represented” their subjects in a way that was realistic and recognizable. However, during the first half of the twentieth century, artists like Jackson Pollock started to explore other methods of representation. The artist has assembled the objects in a natural environment and hung them from a branch. This piece is from the Devils Purse Series, which was a series of large constructions based on the egg case of the skate fish. It is an exploration of the environment, the relationship between the sea, the woodlands, the wildlife, and the people who live there. There is no intention to recreate a bird, but to suggest the remnants of one. Music therapy methods used for warm-up and core experiences during the sessions included receptive, improvisation, re-creation, and composition (Bruscia, 1998). Although the generation of overarching group goals was difficult due to high turnover among residents living in the facility, common clinical goals throughout the study period included increasing emotional self-awareness and expression, improving perception of self-efficacy, increasing effective group communication, and increasing use of music as a healthy coping mechanism. The use of an adapted clinical decision tree (Eyre, 2008) within sessions allowed treatment to be highly reflexive in an attempt to best suit the needs and interests of the constantly changing group dynamic.