Swing Therapy

Music improves the quality of life. Music triggers an emotional, even spiritual, response. It can bring great joy, feelings of nostalgia and its therapeutic effects can last for hours. A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology concluded that listening to inspiring music in a group and engaging in discussions about music — and about life — is a positive interaction that makes people feel good.

My program focuses on the positive. My commentary throughout the program functions as the discussion part of this process. I relate music history and interesting facts behind the music, life and times of this golden age of music. This, combined with the sound of the music itself, makes the music activity have a lasting positive effect.

Musicophelia

Oliver Sacks shares his experience using music in therapy programs for Alheimers patients. The tragedy of losing one's identity--their own autobiograph--can be remedied by hearing one's favorite music in which personal memories have been embeded. These effects can last for hours afterwards to improve the overall quality of life.

Music and Memory

This is the trailer to the ground-breaking film and program, "Music and Memory." Founder Dan Cohen writes, "As we all know from hearing that song associated with a first love or leaving home for good, music is profoundly linked to personal memories. In fact, our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory."

ABC Catalyst Episode

Catalyst takes you inside an extraordinary program using personalised playlists to re-awaken the brains of people with advanced dementia. This program looks deeply at the power of music in all our lives - why is it so emotional, so memorable and so powerful that even when much of the brain is gone, music can bring it alive?