In Chinese language, music (yueh) and happiness (le)
is the same word, only with different pronunciations. Actually the
two meanings of the word are integrated since it is believed that
proper music makes people happy.
Music is a very important part in the Six Arts
of ancient China - Propriety, Music, Archery, Horsemanship, Writing
and Mathematics. It is only second to propriety, which sets up regulations
of basic manners in life. The Book of Music, a book in ancient Chinese
Six Classics, plays a crucial role in education and civilization
since it focuses on spirit and heart.
A majority of diseases in modern society come from
mental disorder, which is caused by pressure. How can we solve mental
problems with correct and effective methods? It is very important
to find correct approaches to use the power of music for such a
purpose. Therefore, in this century, the key for outstanding medical
or educational practitioners to improve medical treatment or education,
is to understand the role of music and how to use it correctly.
If the focus is placed merely on mental / physical
treatment or intellectual training instead of the holistic impact
of music on body, mind and soul, it is impossible to achieve genuine
medical or educational improvements.