About

Hello! I’m Del and I’d like to thank you for visiting Healing Frequencies Music.

What led to my recording projects? For years, I’ve been fascinated with how music can be used for healing purposes. I always wondered what it was about music that affected people’s emotions. For example, when people are sad, they listen to a certain type of music but probably not the same music they’d listen to when in a good mood. So, when it came to doing a little digging into the healing properties of music, I found materials written by scientists, music enthusiasts, performers, and educators, among other resources. Some of that information is accurate (historically, technically, and musically) but there’s a bunch that’s not.

As a music major, I was required to take a LOT of music theory and history classes. Although I grumbled as a college student, I realized (many years later) that staying up all night writing theory assignments and then attending 8:00 AM ear training class was good for something! My music theory background is extremely necessary as I’ve looked into what writers discuss concerning frequencies that are supposed to be healing for the body, soul, and spirit. Because of my classical training, there are musical pieces to the frequency puzzle I grasp that musicians and music enthusiasts with no formal training can understand. Reading sheet music, the ability to hear and understand musical intervals, and a good grasp of musical harmonics are all necessary. All this means is that I bring a different perspective to what’s being said in Internet land about musical frequencies of healing.

All of my music starts by sitting with my instruments and “listening” to what’s coming from within me. This is done either by myself or with groups of people, where I can musically respond to what’s going on in the room. I save all the music in my keyboard or external recorder for consideration on upcoming albums. Some of the recorded music is reserved for live sessions where I can play percussion instruments or wave flags along with others. I continually expand my use of instruments and now have a full set of crystal bowls as well!

Most of all, I like to “geek out” with the frequency topic. Because of my academic background, when I look for information, I make sure it’s credible. That involves CITING sources so readers know where I got the details. Just because something is out there in internet land somewhere, doesn’t mean it’s accurate. An example of typical inaccuracy? The history of the ancient solfeggio frequencies (369, 417, 528. etc.) My goal is to bring you accurate information about the modern frequency craze. Please be sure to do your own research as well! I provide a great starting point but it’s always good to “fact check” my work, too. If you find discrepancies, please use the contact form to enlighten me further. All I ask is that you do so with kindness and love.

 

My musical background… I’m a professional clarinetist and music educator in the Northwest having taught at the collegiate level as well as in the public school system. I’ve played in professional ensembles, taught elementary music, middle school band, was the music director for a community theatre, and was a staff accompanist in the public schools. I bring a classical music “flavor” into the music I now create even though it’s not classical music. I’m a “geeky” classical musician in one sense but I also love to spontaneously create new music. 

I have three degrees in music: The University of Idaho (B.M), Yale University (M.M), and The University of Washington (D.M.A.).

 

 

 

Enjoy some of my classical music from a faculty recital:

This piece by Caroline Schleicher-Kramer is a very early piece written for the clarinet from the classical era. My pianist is Mac Merchant for both selections:

 

And, here’s a selection by one of my favorite composers… Brahms! This is the 1st movement of the F Minor clarinet sonata:

NOTE: The clarinet pieces are NOT recorded at A=432. Our modern wind instruments do not allow for this adjustment. I can get close but not quite! In order to perform at A=432, I’d need to use a “period” clarinet which can be hard to come by.