Enjoyable music vs Expressive music?

During music therapy sessions I regularly find myself thinking about the quality and purpose of the music we play. Particularly if there are tears or laughter during or between songs. Group members often display enthusiasm during a song: they express themselves loudly or quietly, vocally or with an instrument. Sometimes a group member cries, though… Continue reading Enjoyable music vs Expressive music?

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Talking and singing 

Here's a thing: I usually talk quietly, but I often sing loudly... Maybe it's because a song has "known" words, they're (usually) already written, and there's a melody to go with them. The music helps a lot in this area. Talking with friends the other day about songs I love, I said it's usually the… Continue reading Talking and singing 

Dementia and music therapy

There are many documented cases where music impacts people with dementia, somehow re-awakening long lost memories.  It appears speech and music are handled by different areas of the brain, and songs learned early in life will be retained when other faculties have gone.  Here are just a few quotes from articles around this subject - and there's… Continue reading Dementia and music therapy