The effects of COVID-19 have forced the world to remain home for several weeks now, and many of us are running out of ideas on how to stay entertained, inspired, and connected.

Of course, music can be one answer to any of those needs. Here are 5 ways you can put some music into your life during quarantine.

1. Create your own instruments.

Whether you’ve got kids or grandkids, you want a great family activity, or you’re looking for a way to get the elders you love moving, check out these guides to making homemade instruments. Play along with your favorite songs for some expression and improvisation.

2. Optimize your playlists/music choices.

How often do you listen to music? Daily? Continuously?

Here’s a tip: Think of music differently by playing music that supports the activity you are doing or the goal you are trying to accomplish. If you’re going for a walk, play moderate, upbeat music that motivates you and makes you feel good. Then create or find a playlist with songs that have a similar tempo. You could even listen to slower, soothing music with instrumentals before bed to wind down after a long day.

Want more info on how to get a better night’s rest? Check out our sleep series here.

3. Watch PBS + Plays.

PBS is offering a variety of concerts and classic plays for free on their website. Check it out here. Interested in more live concerts? We wrote a whole blog post about them here.

4. Make music online.

Have you ever wanted to create a song and perhaps you just didn’t know how? Maybe you wanted to experiment with different instruments but didn’t have any available. Look no further than Chrome Music Lab, the website that lets you make music online, regardless of your ability. It’s easy to use, interactive, and a ton of fun!

5. Enjoy the Kansas City Symphony at Home.

Because we are based in Kansas City, we love to support our local symphony! During the pandemic, they have released several ways for the public to become more connected with music including the podcast Beethoven Walks Into a Bar, at home performances from the musicians, and even music education resources for kids. This is the perfect way to experience the symphony at home regardless of your age! Support them on social media and use their hashtag #KCSisStillMakingMusic

BONUS: Make music with us.

We now offer music therapy via telehealth, so you can enjoy making music and access the benefits of music therapy wherever you are. These sessions are especially appropriate for folks dealing with depression, anxiety, dementia, Parkinson’s, or other long-term illnesses.

Want to know more? Click here to schedule a free consultation.

I hope these ideas spark your creativity so you can use music in a new way. Remember, our brains LOVE music, and it’s always there to help. Never underestimate the power of music. Now go make some!

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