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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; n edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578630088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578630080
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is often said that music soothes the savage beast, but did you ever think that it could help with time management? What about improving communication? Although he makes no claims that The Tao of Music is a cure-all, John Oritz has tapped the power of music by combining it with established psychological techniques and Taoist ideas to create an innovative concept: your music collection can help you overcome the obstacles of everyday life, from pain to procrastination, relaxation to romance. The Tao of Music isn't just a catalog of New Age hits; Oritz knows his music and draws on genres as diverse as classical and country, giving you the latitude to design your own music therapy.

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I recommend the Tao of Music highly both as a professional resource for trainers and a personal tool to help address day to day situations.
Julian Evans
I have found his "Musical Menus" helpful in providing music which speaks to us beyond aural awareness - music which touches mind, body, emotion and spirit.
mnbmcc@aol.com Mary McCartney
Filled with powerful insights this amazingly thorough book seems to cover just about every human condition in a simple to read, practical style.
Jackie Wallers

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Having recently purchased and read several books within this popular genre (Mozart Effect, Tuning Your Brain) I was fortunate enough to have this book recommended by one of my colleagues. As a psychologist, parent and music therapist I have to say that this is--without doubt--the most practical, accessible, and straightforward book in the bunch. Writing from the heart, Dr. Ortiz has crafted a work of love that speaks of personal journeys and professional pursuits that have culminated into a book to assist people of all ages in dealing with common, everyday concerns. In essence, this book uses a well balanced combination of practical exercises, zen philosophy, psychological research, book and music research resources and case examples to illustrate how any of us can use many different types of music to help us get through life's nagging, disturbing and otherwise troubling events. This book is both a pleasure and a treasure, as both a parent and a professional I give it my highest recommendation.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1998
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This book is filled with wonderful, well researched, practical information. The case stories presented throughout the book are fascinating and inspirational. It is obvious this book came from the heart. The exercises are excellently described, simple to follow and best of all, they work! I had no idea that something as accessible as the music we so often take for granted can be consciously used to help us to literally transform our lives. In particular, I have found the chapters on using music and sound to help us get to sleep, to design a complete exercise program, and as an aid for meditation and creativity extremely helpful as well as fun. However, Dr. Ortiz's chapter on using music to add spice to "Romantic Intimacy" tops them all! This book has everything! I recommend it 100%!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Julian Evans on August 1, 2000
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I originally purchased this book based on two, completely unrelated endorsements from colleagues who have found it consistently useful both in their personal lives and their professional practices. Having read this excellent book I can honestly say that it is a wise, cost effective investment. The fact that each clearly written, well researched chapter stands on its own makes it very easy to find a topic one is dealing with (using music to handle anger or depression for instance, or designing a personal exercise or relaxation program) and putting together a personalized program from among the many practical exercises suggested. The hundreds of recommended song titles are refreshingly modern and amazingly effective. If extra reseach into a particular area is necessary each chapter offers a number of relevant professional articles and resources to fit each target area.
As a professional trainer, however, I find this book takes an added dimension and provides an excellent resource for anyone designing programs to address many typical issues encountered throughout corporate or industrial settings such as time management, procrastination, motivation, productivity, relaxation, communication skills, social relations, and a host of other relevant areas encountered in management, education or business.
I recommend the Tao of Music highly both as a professional resource for trainers and a personal tool to help address day to day situations.
Julian Evans Corporate Trainer
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
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Having purchased this wonderful book a few months ago I have recently had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Ortiz lecture on his theories of Sound Psychology which are exquisitively detailed in his practical, delightfully written volume: The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology. As a clinician, I recommend this well-researched and scholarly, yet highly accessible volume, to colleagues in the mental health and social service fields wholeheartedly. As a firm believer in taking responsibility for "composing" my life's path, creating harmony and "raising my sound awareness" for the purpose of improving my quality of life, I recommend this book HIGHLY. In short, Dr. Ortiz--a licensed, psychologist with a wealth of clinical experience--has lovingly brought together years of research, consulting, clinical work and his own life experiences to provide us with a book that belongs in everyone's bookshelf. For each of us who has experienced feelings of sadness, anger, stress, despair, loneliness, exhaustion or isolation, Dr. Ortiz offers a number of musical options that will help to soothe the pains and savor the pleasures of life. Thank you Dr. O...I anxiously await your future publications!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
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The most amazing thing about this wonderful book is the way it addresses essentially every area of concern that one encounters on a daily basis. The subtitle is accurate: music CAN help us to take control of, and positively change our lives. This book is so well written, and flows so pleasantly, that--particularly for a self-help book--it is hard to put down! The case stories throughout it are very helpful and in no way sensationalistic, like in so many other similar books. These stories are pertinent and help to clarify other points made throughout the text. I have turned to this book many times seeking creative alternatives to ways of approaching typical situations that we all encounter day to day. It has NEVER let me down! Having recommended, or purchased it for a number of friends their opinion consistently supports my own. The book, as well as his relaxation CD that complements it (The Soothing Pulse) are marvelous. Filled with smiles and positive pathways.
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More About the Author

The late John M. Ortiz, Ph.D., was the director and founder of the Asperger's Syndrome Institute and the Institute of Applied Psychomusicology. A dedicated practitioner and consummate professional Dr. Ortiz specialized in serving families, children and adolescents.

An Expert on Asperger's Syndrome
His international lectures and texts on Asperger's Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, High-Functioning Autism, and Neurodevelopmental disorders were based on over twenty years of work with autism spectrum and related conditions and over a dozen years specializing in Asperger's Syndrome, neurodevelopmental, and genetic disorders.

A Practicing Psychologist
A psychologist with extensive clinical, research and consultation experience, his lectures brought a multi-disciplinary, integral approach to understanding and serving these challenging, highly rewarding populations.

Sound Psychology and Autism Spectrum Disorders
As the founder of the Institute of Applied Psychomusicology®, Dr. John Ortiz's work also incorporated elements from the creative arts in general, and his books, The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology (1998 Small Press Book Award in Self Help/Psychology), and Nurturing Your Child with Music: How Sound Awareness Creates Happy, Smart and Confident Children (2000) in particular.

His Life's Work
A brilliant author, lecturer and composer, the legacy of his many books and audio recordings document his life's work and passionate advocacy for Sound Psychology and for those living with Autism and Asperger's.

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