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Music for Relaxation:

A Decision Matrix

Setting
Setting
Control
Control

No Control

for Relaxation: A Decision Matrix Setting Control No Control Quiet? Need for masking? Relaxation is goal
for Relaxation: A Decision Matrix Setting Control No Control Quiet? Need for masking? Relaxation is goal
Quiet?
Quiet?

Need for masking?

Matrix Setting Control No Control Quiet? Need for masking? Relaxation is goal Distraction is desired No
Relaxation is goal Distraction is desired No Lyrics Slow tempo: 60-80 bpm Highly preferred Preferred
Relaxation is goal
Distraction is desired
No Lyrics
Slow tempo: 60-80
bpm
Highly preferred
Preferred music
Sedative music
music
Simple melodic
themes and
arrangement
Iso-principle: tempo, style,
intensity
Match music to
mood
Major mode
With lyrics Without lyrics Dialogue? Facilitated Self-guided Deep breathing Progressive Muscle Relaxation Imagery
With lyrics
Without lyrics
Dialogue?
Facilitated
Self-guided
Deep breathing
Progressive Muscle
Relaxation
Imagery
(Iso-Principle: Move intensity, complexity and tempo of music in the desired direction.)

*The iso-principle: Matching the rhythms and character of the music to a current mood state. For the purposes of relaxation, begin using music at a slightly more relaxed state than you are feeling and gradually change the music to guide you into deeper relaxation.

Daniel B. Tague, MME, MT-BC www.musicmakessense.blogspot.com © 2011