The Secret Formula Behind The Music Diet
It's not really a secret formula because these principles have been well documented in scientific journals for several decades. However, these principles are still largely unknown outside of the academic world.
The brain is incredible. We really waste its full potential and only ever use a tiny fraction of its greater ability during our lifetime. We don't respect its power and we don't pay it as much attention as our body, mainly because it's not on display.
Most people are also completely unaware that music has such significant and reliable effects on their brain.
Music Diet founder, Dr Julia Jones, began using music as a training tool and anxiety intervention when working as a sport psychologist in the 1990s. The effects were obvious. Music can very quickly help you achieve a desired mindset (calm, energised, relaxed, motivated, confident etc).
Also, when we rehearse things mindfully in our imagination (including singing, dancing and learning instruments) the brain begins to lay down the instructions to perform the task. The more we repeat this process the stronger those instructions become. It's possible to work multiple regions of your brain through music and even to learn to play instruments without it physically in hand.
So How Does This Apply To The Music Diet
We teach you some basic neuroscience so you have a better understanding of how your brain works.
Then we show you how to use music driven mental imagery, rehearsal and mindful listening to trigger your brain.
This process influences the release and moderation of chemicals that control your mood and emotions.
It drives memory formation and sensory motor signals that control your body movements.
Incredibly you don't even need music to hand to be able to trigger these effects. The brain responds when you just sing or hum the tunes in your head or visualise the chord patterns or lyrics.
The Music Diet is a superb tool to help you maintain brain health, manage work related stress and improve general wellbeing.
There are many benefits of regularly participating in The Music Diet virtual activities:
You learn how to use sound and music to quickly focus the brain so you can get work done faster, have more spare time to enjoy yourself and reduce work related stress (this ability is extremely valuable in open plan offices and at home where your brain is surrounded by distractions and interruptions)
You learn how to use sound and music to quickly manipulate mood chemicals to reduce anxiety or boost energy or relax whenever you need to
You learn new skills and knowledge that boost brain function and health, even when just rehearsing chord patterns in your head or learning the lyrics to new songs or learning the neuroscience basics
You have new things to chat with your colleagues about at the (virtual) water cooler
You have valuable knowledge that you can also share with your friends and family to help them harness the power of music and sound to improve their wellbeing too
Some testimonials from Music Dieters
"I initially said it seemed too good to be true that music can have such an impact, but I must confess I'm now eating my words because it works. This has improved my focus and my anxiety and I can already see the difference on my general mood because I now feel more in control."
"The Focus Runway has made an immense difference to my work life. I struggled to keep on top of workload for years and always found it extremely difficult to concentrate in open plan offices. Now I journey through the Runway stages and I'm soon deep in the focus zone and immersed in my work. I believe every employee should receive this training. It's transformational."
Dr Julia Jones - Biography
Julia read a music neuroscience research paper in the early 1990s while studying undergraduate psychology. She has spent the past 25+ years immersed in this field and prescribing music (hence the Dr Rock alias). As an academic and practitioner Julia helps individuals and businesses understand and harness music's effects on the brain and on human behaviour. Her MSc cognitive psychology research examined the psycho-physical effects of music on exercise endurance and was published in the Journal of Sport Sciences. She launched the first GP referral programme in South East England in the 1990s, connecting exercise to music instructors with local surgeries. Julia completed an MBA specialising in organisational behaviour and marketing strategy. Her PhD research examined the lifelong effects of music exposure during youth and led to her work in neurodegenerative diseases / dementia. Her current post-doctoral studies in applied neuroscience at King's College London include the neurobiology of mental health and form the basis of this Music Diet workplace wellness programme. Her book The Music Diet was published in 2019 and her follow up book titled The Brain Rocks will be available in Autumn 2020. Julia's work has been featured regularly on the BBC, Sky News and national newspapers.
Julia advises UK government groups, the NHS, cities, elite sports and business leaders around the world regarding the use of music for wellness and socio-economic impact. She initiated the Music in Society Inquiry conducted at the House of Lords, sits on the UK All Parliamentary Group for Artificial Intelligence (Education Taskforce), is a member of the British Neuroscience Association, a Trustee of Young Voices and on the Mayor of London's London Music Board.
Photo: "Dr Rock by Rankin" for