Music is fundamental to brain functioning. Rhythm and tone are the most basic of languages – ask the birds and the bees – and it works that way for humans too. The brain encodes those signals deep in memory and because of that music can stimulate memory; it works both ways.
We see that every day at Rosener House. People who are slowly losing their ability to remember (or who may have nearly lost language altogether) are able to instantly connect with our Music Therapy. The beat, and surprisingly even the words to old songs, reappear on their lips as they sway and sing.
To help stimulate brain functioning and memory retention, we do a variety of exercises and many use music. Our Music Therapy expert, Chance, teaches a song writing class. Would you believe that folks who are struggling to remember their daily activities and people around them can still connect with the ability to write a song? Believe it!
Chance began this session by playing her guitar and singing “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” The group then talked about places to travel (left panel), decided on Hawaii, then brainstormed words and feelings (middle panel), then wrote the song to the tune of “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”
Their song for the day is “Hawaii is Calling” (right panel.)
These classes are held once a week, with a new song created each time. Come and join us.
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