Music stimulates multiple parts of the brain, including areas involved in movement, emotions, sensory processing, language, communication, creativity and memory.
As memory declines with age and with dementia, musical memories from across our lives are often well preserved. Songs and music from particular times and moments in our lives can trigger fond memories in an instant and can create feelings of safety, comfort, lucidity and belonging. The carefully selected music in the program elicits these memories and presents opportunities for connections between the generations.
It acts to overcome age and communication barriers and creates a common-ground for all participants.
It stimulates reminiscence and fosters story-telling.
It enhances the joy the children naturally bring to the sessions.
It promotes a celebration of life.
What is Music Therapy?
The following definition is used by the Australian Music Therapy Association (http://www.austmta.org.au/content/what-music-therapy):
Music therapy is:
- A research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.
- The intentional use of music by a university trained professional who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.
- Different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing.
- Incorporate a range of music making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship.
- Are employed in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice.
- Are committed to supporting people of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background.