Music Therapy and Dementia
It’s important to stress that while there may be benefits to listening to a music performance, our approach is different. Music therapists interact closely with the clients and work with their care givers to help them reach specific goals. Music therapy offers a space in which meaningful connections and interactions can be made, enhancing relationships and improving quality of life.
Music Therapy and Child Development
Different children develop at different rates, and some may have more challenges than others. For children with a medical diagnosis, or delayed development due to a known or unknown reason, their development may follow an unexpected path.
All children, regardless of the challenges, benefit from support in their development. It has been shown that children that are read to from birth benefit, children that are loved and nurtured benefit, and children that have healthy diets benefit.
It has also been shown that children who participate in music benefit.
So how does music support a child’s development?
Physical skills, gross and fine motor – through movement to music, dancing, action songs and playing instruments.
Communication Skills, verbal and non-verbal – through instrument playing, vocalising, and singing.
Social skills, eye contact, interacting with others, turn taking, sharing, listening, following, leading – through musical activities, instrument playing, vocalising and singing.
Cognitive or thinking skills, staying on task, attention, problem solving, learning new concepts – through participation in engaging activities, practicing specific musical tasks and activities that require focus, concentration and memory.
Learning skills, concepts, literacy, numeracy – through musical activities and songs that enhance memory, and repetition of concepts, words and numbers in a musical sequence.