Posted in Dementia, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Hospice, Medical

How Can Music Therapy Help Hospice Patients?

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Hospice provides patients with various services to address their medical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. So, how can music therapy help?

Music therapy can:

  • Provide positive changes in mood and emotional states
  • Create emotional intimacy when families share musical experiences
  • Provide healthy emotional outlets
  • Facilitate reminiscence and life review
  • Offer diversion from physical pain and discomfort
  • Promote relaxation (anxiety and stress reduction)
  • Decrease agitation
  • Provide social interaction and sensory stimulation
  • Offer support during imminent death

If you have questions about hospice music therapy, please feel free to contact Nori Nakamura, board certified music therapist and the owner of Musical Journey at (913) 744-1265 or nori@ksmomusictherapy.com.

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Music Therapy through the Missouri Department of Mental Health: Division of Developmental Disabilities

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I am pleased to announce that Musical Journey has become a music therapy provider for the Missouri Department of Mental Health: Division of Developmental Disabilities. I am looking forward to serving individuals with special needs through the Missouri Medicaid program. If you/your children are interested in music therapy, please contact your/your children’s service coordinator. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have! Contact us.

Posted in Music Lesson, Music therapy

Music Making without Reading Notes

You can make nice music without reading notes!

1. Put stickers on piano keys just like the picture below.

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2. Freely play these “red notes” to the play-along accompaniment I created: https://soundcloud.com/norikomtbc/blues-c-rhythm-baseline-3 . Trust me, it is going to sound wonderful because there are no right or wrong notes in this method.

3. Play “loudly” & “softly” etc. Be creative!

Please feel free to leave comments/questions below. Happy playing 🙂

Posted in Dementia, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Hospice, Medical

A Quote about Music by Oliver Sacks, MD

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Resource:  Noriko Nakamura, MT-BC, Music Therapy Services’ Pinterest Board “Quotes — Music”

Posted in Dementia, Health & Music, Medical

Benefits of Singing

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Music has positive effects on healthy people, too! I offer wellness programs through music (e.g., Choir, Tone Chime Group, Drumming Group). Here is an article that summarizes the benefits of singing:

“Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins” Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/#ixzz2csgvUTEe

Posted in Dementia, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Medical

Great Article about Music & Dementia

In my last blog, I said I would write about practical ways of using music for people who have dementia. I found an excellent article, so I would like to share that with you.  The following information was provided by Dr. Alicia Ann Clair, Ph.D., MT-BC, professor and director of the Division of Music Education and Music at the University of Kansas & Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, MT-BC, vice president for music therapy and director of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services.

Enjoy!

http://www.dementiatoday.com/?p=22756

Posted in Dementia, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Hospice, Medical

Hospice Music Therapy

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Hospice provides patients with various services to address their medical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. So, how can music therapy help?

Music therapy can:

  • Provide positive changes in mood and emotional states
  • Create emotional intimacy when families share musical experiences
  • Provide healthy emotional outlets
  • Facilitate reminiscence and life review
  • Offer diversion from physical pain and discomfort
  • Promote relaxation (anxiety and stress reduction)
  • Decrease agitation
  • Provide social interaction and sensory stimulation
  • Offer support during imminent death

I truly believe that hospice is a very important part of our health care system.