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Keith Loach:
Keith Loach holds a MusBac, an MA Music and an MBA. His graduate work in music examined the effect of music on the brain, with a broader focus on how music and meditation can be supported in healthcare policy. Keith has delivered papers at the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies at Laval University in Quebec City and at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation Colloquium at Guelph University in Guelph, Ontario.

Podcasts:
Apple, Spotify, Google, RSS
Blog:
Keith Loach Blog
YouTube:
Keith Loach Music
Contact:
info@keithloach.com

Books:

A perfect Christmas gift!!
Good Vibrations: Music and Mental Health is a book by Keith Loach based on a literature review of research into the effect of music on the brain and how music for mental health can be supported in healthcare policy. Good Vibrations: Music and Mental Health presents a best-of collection of Music Meditations from Keith’s podcast and blog. The book is a light read and a perfect Christmas gift for virtually everyone, including students, professionals, parents and seniors.
(Preview/Buy Book HERE)
(Preview/Buy PDF HERE)

Healthcare Is Broken: Rx Music is a book by Keith Loach about our personal and societal health and wellbeing. The business side of health science is presented as a tragic extension of how capitalism has circumvented our most basic and fundamental needs to support a monstrous money-making machine. Music is prescribed as a back-to-basics/stop-the-insanity framing device to help create a new focus for healthcare using non-invasive, non-chemical, community-based, and artistically-driven solutions.
(Preview/Buy HERE)

Notes
1 – Parts of Healthcare is Broken (2019) were subsequently entered into the blog. Some of these same blog entries are also in Good Vibrations (2022) due to the best-of podcast/blog format. Apologies for the duplication.
2 – The current 35% discount from list is intended as a freight subsidy. Purchasing 2 or more books per order dramatically lowers the total-cost-per-delivered-book to below list price. Perhaps in the spirit of Christmas, read with a friend?

Right Brain, Left Brain
The Divided Brain by Iain McGilchrist suggests that the industrial revolution (~1750-1830) disrupted the natural left/right brain relationship, provoking a twentieth-century skewed view of the world more focused on hyper-efficiency than on creativity and empathy. A correlative change in musical activity occurred in the classical era (~1750-1830) and is observed through the rise of aesthetic formalism and a decline in improvisation.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) grew up through the final years of the industrial revolution with his first publications appearing in the late 1830s. His works depict society as cruel and intolerant, dismissing any form of neuro-divergent behaviour as sub-human. The inability to conform to societal standards was an illness, and the proliferation of insane asylums, considered practical philanthropic institutions, was driven by efficiency and standardization. Their doors were opened to the public on weekends for freak-show viewings further reinforcing the expectation/requirement to be “normal” and fit in.

Are today’s elevated stress and mental health problems related to a centuries old paradigm shift? Can an issue of such systemic/epic proportions even be addressed? Regardless, can music help realign our basic mental health needs?

Music in Healthcare:
Letters and campaigns for improving the awareness of music in healthcare, including contact addresses for Canadian MPs and MPPs, can be found at Music Therapy and OHIP.

Suggested Reading:
~ Notre Dame (Link HERE)
~ Good Health (Link HERE)
~ Brain Waves (Link HERE)
~ 40 Hz Light and Sound (Link HERE)
~ Hertz Too Much (Link HERE)

Presentations / Concerts:
Toronto Probus Club GM – Healthcare is Broken
November 9, 2022 – Holy Rosary Church, Toronto
Toronto Public Library Seminar
September 20, 2022 – Bayview Village Library, Toronto
Village Voices – Spring Concert
May 15, 2022 – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Markham
TSO/KRU – Bach Brandenburg 4/5 & Chorale
March 28, 2022 – Walter Hall, FacOfMus, University of Toronto
TSO/KRU – Bach Brandenburg 4/5 & Chorale
March 27, 2022 – Kingston Road United Church, Toronto
Lenten Conversations: Creativity & Health
March 15, 2021 (Zoom) – Kingston Road United Church, Toronto
Toronto Public Library Seminar
April 8, 2020 (x covid) – North York Central Library, Toronto
Toronto Public Library Seminar
March 5, 2020 – Brentwood Library, Toronto
Toronto Public Library Seminar
February 19, 2020 – Runnymede Library, Toronto
Amadeus Choir/TSO – Mahler Symphony #2
April 17/18/20, 2019 – Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto
Toronto Public Library Seminar
April 11, 2019 – Bayview Village Library, Toronto
Toronto Public Library Seminar
April 9, 2019 – Deer Park Library, Toronto
Toronto Public Library Seminar
May 2, 2018 – Northern District Library, Toronto
Society for Ethnomusicology
April 14, 2018 – Ryerson University, Toronto
Mindfulness Meditation & Musicking
April 9/16/23/30, 2018 – Kingston Road United Church, Toronto
Toronto Public Library Seminar
Nov 3, 2017 – Don Mills Library, Toronto
International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation
Sept 13, 2017 – University of Guelph (Jazz Festival), Guelph
The Dunfield Retirement Residence Speaker Series
August 19, 2017 – The Dunfield, Toronto
International Conference of Dalcroze Studies
August 3, 2017 – Laval University, Quebec City
Toronto Public Library Seminar
June 13, 2017 – S. Walter Stewart Library, Toronto

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