Music to spark a better life for older adults and preschoolers

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It isn’t too late

Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC, NICUMT, has a wonderful blog.  She has been posting myth busters the last few entries.  Her most recent one is the best!  Read it and consider what Kat says: Mythbuster Countdown #1.

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Music for all

I firmly believe music is something most people can enjoy and in which participation is beneficial.  A recent article in Nature News shares much the same view.  http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100720/full/news.2010.362.html

What are your thoughts?

Brain training reverses age-related cognitive decline

Here’s an article related to yesterday’s “Growing” blog.

Keep the learning, using & growing!

Brain training reverses age-related cognitive decline.

Growing

This week, the High Plains Band & Orchestra Camp is occurring in Hays, KS.  My daughter is there as a camper becoming more proficient as a musician.  My husband is there working with students but still learning as he observes other instructors & directors, plays, and interacts with others.  For me, it means experiencing wonderful evening concerts.  For example, last evening I heard everything from Bach to PDQ Bach to jazz.  It was wonderfully entertaining and relaxing.  So, as a family we are all having musical growth this week.

Whether one is young or old, learning and experiencing are important for us cognitively.  So, why not learn something musical?  What are ways you grow as a musician?

Here are just a few ways to grow as a musician:

  1. learn an instrument
  2. listen to others perform – live or recoded
  3. read a book about an aspect of music
  4. participate in a performing ensemble
  5. attend a drum circle
  6. ask someone about there musical interests

So grow , experience, and enjoy your life.

From the Library of Congress…

The US government does make many interesting resources available to the public.  Even though I live in the Midwest, there are items I can access on line. http://www.loc.gov/index.html

One of them is the Library of Congress talk series: Music and the Brain.  While I can down load pre-talks on iTunes, they are also available at:  feed://www.loc.gov/podcasts/musicandthebrain/musicandthebrain.xml.

Amazing experts including music therapist have shared their thoughts, research, & ideas on this program.  So, adults, exercise those brain cells and have a listen!

There are all types of resources available for folks of all ages.  There is everything from lessons plans, to coloring pages, to recordings, and public domain music.  Check it out and enjoy.

6 things you can do to help your child to get involved with music

Looking for some ideas to use with  your children?  Check out this news article6 things you can do to help your child to get involved with music.

A positive look at aging!

While many people look at aging with doom and gloom, I’ve always looked forward to the possibilities aging provides.  Having spent much of my professional career with retirees has informed this process.   They bring a wealth of experiences and often a “enjoy the day” approach to their lives.  Many of them pursue their passions and continue to fill their days with love and learning.  It appears happiness may come with age.  A recent study published online May 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows enjoyment and happiness increase from age 50 until age 75 then decreasing slightly but not decreasing to age 50 levels.

For those fearful of memory loss, realize research efforts continue.   While a cure or vaccine has not been found, management efforts continue.  As a music therapist I am often amazed how those engaged in music can seem to unlock portions of their memories.   A recent article in the Kansas City Star highlighted this along with some music application efforts.   Please look at this article then share your thoughts about aging.

Experts look to music as way to uncover past buried by dementia – KansasCity.com.

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