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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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

Hospice Music Therapy

pink roses

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.

Posted in autism, Dementia, Down Syndrome, End-of-Life, Health & Music, Hospice, Medical, Music therapy, Stroke, Traumatic brain injury, William Syndrome

Welcome!

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Welcome to MUSICAL JOURNEY owned by Noriko, a Master’s level board-certified music therapist. We provide music therapy & music lessons/groups in the Greater Kansas City area.

Our clients for music therapy include but are not limited to: persons with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and history of stroke. We also serve hospice patients. The types of our music lessons are piano, guitar, voice, and ukulele.

Please contact us for a free consultation at 913-744-1265 or nori@ksmomusictherapy.com.