Books about Music, Music and Medicine, Music and the Brain

The story of how establishing the Medical Musician specialty led to the founding of the Medical Musician Initiative is told in Andrew Schulman's book, Waking The Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul, with an Afterword by Dr. Marvin McMillen


Since its release in the U.S. in August 2016 Waking The Spirit has been chosen as an Oliver Sacks Foundation Best Book of the Year Selection, Finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award, and a People Magazine Pick in Nonfiction.


It has been released by Pan Macmillan Australia in Australia and New Zealand, and by Kitap Kurdu (Book Worm) in Turkey, translated into Turkish. The Chinese language edition will be released by Chinese Machine Press in November 2018.

Author Aniruddh D. Patel, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Tufts University, has written the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience.


Scientific research on this topic has been growing rapidly, as scholars from diverse disciplines, including  linguistics, cognitive science, music cognition, and neuroscience are  drawn to the music-language interface as one way to explore the extent to which different mental abilities are processed by separate brain mechanisms. 


The relevant data and theories have been spread  across a range of disciplines. This volume provides the first synthesis, arguing that music and language share deep and critical  connections, and that comparative research provides a powerful way to study the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying these uniquely  human abilities.


Winner of the 2008 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.