Top 10 Benefits of Music Therapy: Honor Difficult Feelings

Two hands holding each other. Label reads "Honor Difficult Feelings"

Why music therapy?  While the answer varies depending on the person and what they need from music therapy, there are several benefits that music therapy provides over and over for older adult clients. This is true whether they are dealing with cognitive decline and/or physical limitations from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Parkinson’s…

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Song Spotlight: “I Could Have Danced All Night”

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Mood: Wistful, Excited Themes: Musicals, Marni Nixon Tempo: Up-Beat Genre/Style: Musical When watching musicals and films, a lot happens behind the scenes to create movie magic. Some of these tricks are scene edits and cuts, creating mystical words, and even changing whose voice is heard in the film. Enter Marni Nixon, a professional singer whose…

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Top 10 Benefits of Music Therapy: Feel Better

Why music therapy?  While the answer varies depending on the person and what they need from music therapy, there are several benefits that music therapy provides over and over for older adult clients, whether they are dealing with cognitive decline and/or physical limitations from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression,…

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Top 10 Benefits of Music Therapy: Be Creative

Why music therapy?  While the answer varies depending on the person and what they need from music therapy, there are several benefits that music therapy provides over and over for older adult clients, whether they are dealing with cognitive decline and/or physical limitations from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression,…

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Top 10 Benefits of Music Therapy: Get Moving

Why music therapy?  While the answer varies depending on the person and what they need from music therapy, there are several benefits that music therapy provides over and over for older adult clients, whether they are dealing with cognitive decline and/or physical limitations from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression,…

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Top 10 Benefits of Music Therapy – New Video Series

What are the benefits of music therapy for older adults? While the answer varies depending on the person and what they need from music therapy, there are several benefits that music therapy provides over and over for older adult clients, whether they are dealing with cognitive decline and/or physical limitations from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease…

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Song Spotlight: “Mr. Blue Sky”

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Mood: Cheerful, Optimistic Themes: Colors, Weather, Moods Tempo: Upbeat Genre/Style: Progressive Pop The bright blue sky after days of gray and cloudy days can feel like a fresh, bright start to a new day and can set a cheerful and optimistic tone for the rest of the day and sometimes even the week. We can…

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Song Spotlight: “Sunshine On My Shoulders”

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Mood: Contemplative, Joy Themes: Weather, Happiness Tempo: Slow Genre/Style: Country/Folk Sunshine is necessary for the survival and well being of all living things. We as humans depend on the sun to make vitamin D and being out in the sunshine (with proper sun protection) can promote good mental health. John Denver’s song “Sunshine On My…

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Song Spotlight: “A – You’re Adorable”

Mood: Cute, Relaxed  Themes: Love, Letters of the Alphabet Tempo: Relaxed, Slow Genre/Style: 1940s Popular song There are many different kinds of love songs that have been written over the years. Some tell of heartbreak, while others tell of unending love. This particular song is a lighthearted ditty that is cute and communicates the light…

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Song Spotlight: “Believe”

Mood: Empowerment Themes: Identity, Strength Tempo: Moderate Genre/Style: Dance-pop Cher is an American singer, actress, and a television personality, who has been in the arts industry for six decades. Cher has been referred to as the “Goddess of Pop,” and has journeyed through a variety of styles of music and has sold over 100 million…

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