In addition to teaching piano and Kindermusik to help children learn early how to use music to manage their own stress, I use filtered music on specialized equipment to help people of all ages regain optimal capacity for focussed listening. When in shape, middle ear muscles can boost concentration, coordination, conversational fluency, reading, writing and singing ability.
The ear not only transmits, but filters sound. Good listening not only tunes the ear, but charges the mind and body.
“The Tomatis Method is a program of sound stimulation and counselling to develop and improve listening.” – Paul Madaule, Director, The Listening Centre, Toronto
Motor difficulties, Language difficulties, Autism, Learning disabilities, Vestibular difficulties, Coping with stress, Learning a new language.
Anna-Maria Galante has taught private piano lessons and Kindermusik for 10 years in the Annapolis Valley. In 2014 she trained as a Listening Fitness instructor under Morana Petrofski and Paul Madaule at The Listening Centre in Toronto. She believes music to be the most cost-effective means of managing psycho-physiological stress, free of side effects.
The foundation of Tomatis’ approach grows out of the knowledge that the ear plays a multi-functional role in providing stimulation to the brain, as well as protection from over-stimulation.
The sounds used in Listening Therapy are designed to reproduce the main stages of development of the ear, starting well before birth and continuing until the time we learn to read and write.
Music induces body movement through rhythm: slow vibration.
Melody involves the movement of high vibration, pitch.
Music engages and reinforces the dialog between the ear of the body and the auditory ear.
Without that dialog, body posture, language acquisition and learning in general are compromised.
Music fulfills a human need as fundamental as the need to eat.
Sound and motion generate energy and the ear is a dynamo that transforms this energy into neural impulses that recharge the brain like a battery.
Many people suffering from depression unwittingly put themselves into a state of sensory deprivation by cutting off sensory energy.
In money terms, the cost is comparable to hiring a tutor.
The initial time investment is 60 to 90 hours of sound stimulation,on average, usually broken down into two 15-day intensive sessions of two hours daily, with a four to six-week break in between.
Once complete, the training continues to pay off with occasional tune-ups.