MUSIC BEATS - TOURETTES

 have dedicated all my life to music and half of my life in being the golden bridge between music students and their career dreams. I have also researched a lot on Tourettes Syndrome. I found that the tics are highly decreased on those with music aptitudes doing or studying music (instruments, dance, singing etc.) I have developed a special program for those affected with Tourettes as well as other kids with special disabilities. In order for me to let the community know about these programs I need to put together a promotional campaign on press, billboards, radio and television. 

 The neurological disorder Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) can be greatly controlled and with many music based techniques. Because music uses many different parts of the brain sufferers can use music to convert the energy in their tics to something positive. Many TS sufferers may not know of their musical abilities and the subsequent affect it may have on their symptoms and therefore the music industry should do more to reach out to these people and offer them chances to try music rather than turning a blind eye. It is clear to see from the evidence given that music helps these sufferers find ways to cope with their illnesses. With both instrumental and vocal music, sufferers of Tourette’s can find ways of controlling their tics and can use music to be a kind of medication. Nick Van Bloss, a sufferer finds peace in music. He has suffered from over 40,000 physical tics a day since his diagnosis at the age of 21. Ten years previous to this he began playing piano and it has been a salvation to him through his life. 

Tics are supressed when they are actively making music. With TS, symptoms are helped not only with vocal music but they can be eased by playing percussion, piano, guitar... anything that the sufferer finds suits them. Tourette’s basically constitutes an energy within that forces and it way out…All this translates well to music because the pulse of music is satisfying to Tourette’s. It may seem the more physical tics a TS case has the more physical their chosen instrument has to be – i.e. drums or piano and the more vocal their tics are the more likely it is that singing will help them. Every case of Touretts is extremely difficult to carry out controlled studies but they have shown that sometimes disabilities can promote other abilities – like music. 
 There are many people who have found that music helps to control their vocal and physical tics. For vocal tics the fundamental processes in vocal production are taught. Explanation into how the voice works so easily in singing/fluent speech, Sufferes pull all these elements together over time to produce a fluent speech pattern. They develop a different way of thinking which helps their tics to be suppressed. The technique teaches clients to relax their jaw and throat muscles while encouraging a smoother air flow and voicing preventing vocal tics. Singing helps breath support, vocal tone and phrasing.