Pathways In Music

Several months ago while browsing through the blog by To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), I came across a posting entitled "How Music Saved My Life", written by a woman named Diana C. Herald. Her beautiful words about how music helped her through her experience with depression were both poignant and affirming, as she proceeded to describe the very thing that inspired the formation of Superbands. I'd like to share with you a piece from her entry:


Every now and again, it may seem as if there isn’t a soul alive who understands what you’re experiencing. When life becomes painful, it can prove incredibly tough to embrace it. For me, my faith, my friends, and my music carried me through the darkest moments. When my collapsed sense of self risked personal harm, gentle souls appeared to remind me of what I’d already overcome. Going to the record store, taking in a show, passing an evening alone with a piano – these things have all served as constant reminders that there is too much beauty to quit.
— Diana Herald

I later learned that Diana was involved in a project on her own called Pathways In Music, which is an online platform dedicated to the research, education, and cultivation of music psychology and neuroscience. She has a diverse background in music; in addition to being a musician herself, she is also a writer and a graduate student in music at the University of California, San Diego. As part of her Master of Arts in Music, her research is focused "particularly in the way varied personality types (including atypical) respond emotionally to music, how this changes over time in consequence of neuroplasticity, and the prospective implications for psychological and neurological resilience. Her PhD proposal includes specified concentrations in the amygdala, auto destructive behaviors, and potential interventions to be employed via music."

We felt very fortunate to have our Founder, Jessica Villa, be featured on Diana's blog, as well as having such an inspiring person like Diana support Superbands and our mission to make a difference. For this, we wanted to pay it forward to sharing her musical journey with all of you. You can learn more about Diana, and Pathways In Music, by visiting her webpage www.pathwaysinmusic.com, or checking her out on Twitter (@pathwaysinmusic).

 

Jocelyn Lundberg
Superbands Co-Founder

 


ABOUT DIANA HERALD

Diana Hereld is a woman of wonder. As a musician, writer and graduate student of music at the University of California, San Diego -- She has found enjoyment in working as an early childhood music educator, freelance writer and content generator in the music industry, and independently contracted voice and piano instructor specializing in tutelage of children with special needs. In 2011, she entered the world of empirical study during her appointment as a psychology researcher at California State University Northridge, where she conducted a study in music, autism and working memory. Although Diana’s acquaintance with music, mind and brain is multifaceted, her postgraduate research interest is particularly in the way varied personality types (including atypical) respond emotionally to music, how this changes over time in consequence of neuroplasticity, and the prospective implications for psychological and neurological resilience. Her PhD proposal includes specified concentrations in the amygdala, auto destructive behaviors, and potential interventions to be employed via music.

Diana has written for Music HealsLA WeeklySchool of Pop TVAn und für sich, Hypebot, Music Think Tank, Sidewinder.fm, Live Nation, and To Write Love on Her Arms, and is a member of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.