Music for Children:
Inspiring Creativity through Sound Imagery.
Five piano solos composed and
performed by Howard Richman
Sound Feelings Publishing
Our Catalog #98012-4
Format: downloadable .mp3
Duration: 27 minutes
Please read before playing.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are health professional and you would like to incorporate this special music in your treatment program, we have some suggestions on how you can do this in our Health Professional Integration Guidelines:
Transformational piano music encourages creativity, emotional expression, and relaxation in children of all ages, including adults! Music for Children, from Sound Feelings, is an audio cassette intended as an adjunctive, supportive, entrainment music tool to help with emotional blocks, stress management, anger management, attention deficit disorder, self-esteem, parenting and child care. It may be enjoyed alone, or as a non-verbal support to other activities such as story-telling, artwork and movement.
Music for Children is an enchanting set of five piano pieces. Four of the pieces reflect basic emotions and are entitled “Mad,” “Scared,” “Sad,” and “Happy.” The appropriate piece may be selected to help the child to get in touch with and to express a particular feeling he or she may be experiencing at the time. The fifth piece is entitled “Stress.” This may be used at bedtime or naptime to encourage relaxation.
No Hypnosis or Subliminals — Only Music.
There is no hypnosis, affirmations, subliminal messages or guided imagery embedded in the track. The music incorporates the broadest range of melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, structural and dynamic shifts and contains only piano music.
ABSOLUTELY NO MEDICAL CLAIMS ARE MADE ABOUT THE USE OF SOUND FEELINGS MUSIC, NOR IS THE MUSIC INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT. Do not listen to this tape while doing any activity that requires concentrated thinking or 100% attentiveness such as driving, working, or operating machinery.
About the Composer.
The music is composed by Teacher/Pianist/Sound Researcher, Howard Richman. Richman has blended his advanced music training and his intuitive awareness to create music for transformation since 1982. He has found that certain sounds, in specific sequence can help bring the listener from one place to another. This tape incorporates the broadest range of melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, structural and dynamic shifts and contains only piano music.
Children enjoy listening to the music all by themselves but their experience can be greatly enhanced with a little parent or teacher supervision. All following suggestions are applicable to one child or to a group of children.
- It is favorable to hear one piece at a time, so that full attention may be given to it
- Please remember that this music follows the entrainment process. This means that it is not all necessarily pleasant to the ear. Tense portions of the music gradually transform into calmer ones. This is why it is so important to listen responsively, all the way through, without interruption, so the resolution in the music might be realized by the listener. THIS IS NOT BACKGROUND MUSIC.
- The child may use the music on this tape to help get in touch with a particular emotion he or she may be experiencing. For example, if a child is angry, he or she might listen to the “Mad” piece. At first, it will assist in identifying the emotion. Then, as the music unfolds, it might help focus the energy into a more positive, constructive feeling.
- You may encourage the child to move or dance to the piece, especially if he or she is actually feeling mad or sad, etc. Spontaneous movement might provide an outlet for expression where words seem unavailable. Verbal expression may then be easier.
- Visual aids may magnify the child’s experience. Ask the child to draw a face expressing the particular emotion, before or after hearing the music. (An alternative her could be to draw an image for the child to look at, or to find a book with the pictures already shown.)
- The music may be used with story-telling or story-creating. The parent or teacher might discuss a particular emotion. Then a simple story can be made up reflecting this emotion. Finally, the tape can be played. Afterward, The child will probably have questions, ideas, or things to “add” to the story. This follow-up period — letting the child express himself or herself — hopefully will be of immeasurable value, especially in the abused or withdrawn child.
- Just the beginning of a story can be told to the child. Let the respective music provide the “conclusion.” Ask the child what happened. Be prepared for some amazing stories! (Young children have shorter attention spans so just a portion of the music might be played in this instance.)
- Try playing the “Stress” piece at bedtime or naptime to encourage relaxation.
Producer: Howard Richman
Engineer: Todd Yvega
Cover Painting: Jamie Charles