Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Snowdrop and 'The Listening Programme.'

Snowdrop is pleased to announce that in conjunction with US neurotechnology company ‘Advanced Brain Technologies,’ we are now able to offer our clients ‘The Listening Programme.’ (TLP).

The Listening Programme is a music listening therapy which provides engaging brain stimulation to help ameliorate a range of problems which our children face.

Systematic training is provided through listening to psychoacoustically modified classical music which trains the brain to process sound more efficiently. This can lead to improvements in:

  • Learning
  • Attention
  • Communication
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Sensory Processing
  • Social Engagement
  • Behaviour
  • Self Regulation
  • Musical Ability 

Children, teens and adults can use the programme in the home, classroom or workplace. Completely portable and easy to use, The Listening Programme fits easily into anyone's schedule and only requires 15 to 30 minutes of daily listening.
The Listening Programme is a fusion of beautiful art and sound science. The masterful performances of the award-winning players of the Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble are skillfully crafted using advanced audio technologies to provide an unrivalled listening experience.

How can something that seems so simple - listening to psychoacoustically modified classical music - actually impact a wide range of abilities, such as sensory processing, reading, communication, learning and memory?

Numerous studies worldwide, including research at the University of Sheffield, provide empirical evidence that substantiate The Listening Programme’s efficacy and credibility.
The Listening Programme’s psychoacoustically modified music and production techniques are designed to stimulate or “exercise” the different functions of the auditory processing system. This enables the brain to better receive, process, store and utilise the valuable information provided through the varied soundscapes in our lives such as music, language and the environment in which we live.


So the question can we overcome auditory processing challenges - moving from a “disorganised” to an “organised” system?

Certain classical music, like that of Mozart, Haydn and Vivaldi, has specific structure, producing sound waves in organized patterns. Within these patterns are vital elements including time, frequency and volume. When listening to music, the ear is receiving the musical sound waves - waves that arrive in different frequencies, measured in Hertz (Hz). These frequencies stimulate the brain, and thus affect different functions of the mind and body.


The Listening Programme combines decades of clinical research in several fields, including neurology, physiology, psycho-acoustics, auditory processing, music theory and more. The method builds on the work of respected leaders in these fields, such as ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician Alfred A. Tomatis, M.D. (1920-2001). Among other discoveries, Dr. Tomatis helped identify the relationship between certain sound frequencies and their effect on their functions of the mind and body. A simplified explanation of Dr. Tomatis' findings shows that certain brands, or zones, of sound frequencies affect different abilities.

TLP is designed to address these zones, systematically providing auditory stimulation that, when customized for listeners by ABT Providers, can help improve their ability to function in a number of ways.


How much does 'The Listening Programme' cost?

Unfortunately, the cost is out of Snowdrop's control, but anyone who knows me knows that I would not be offering something unless there was evidence to demonstrate it's effectiveness.  That effectiveness has been demonstrated by my own university the University of Sheffield.

The cost of the 10 psychoacoustically modified CD's which make up the programme is £378.  The additional cost of Snowdrop controlling the programme on a fortnightly basis is an additional £15 per fortnightly consultation. 

The Listening Programme for Schools. 

The cost of TLP for use in a school is £600 plus fortnightly monitoring of the programme by Snowdrop at a cost of £50 per fortnightly consultation.

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