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

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


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.


2. Freely play these “red notes” to the play-along accompaniment I created: . 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


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

Posted in Dementia, Health & Music, Medical

Benefits of Singing

Woman Singing

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:

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Einstein & Music

Did you know Albert Einstein played music? He played the violin and piano. I am not saying that playing music makes everyone become like Einstein. But music appeared to be an important part of his life and intuition according to the following quotes and article (link).

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” (The Foundation for Music Literacy, n.d. p.9)

“It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.” (When asked about his theory of relativity) – (The Foundation for Music Literacy, n.d. p.9)

“He often told me that one of the most important things in his life was music. Whenever he felt he had come to the end of the road or into a difficult situation in his work, he would take refuge in music and that would usually resolve all his difficulties.” (quoted in interview with Bernard Mayor, in Whitrow, Einstein, p.21 as cited in The Foundation for Music Literacy, n.d. p.9).

Here is a very interesting article about Einstein, music, creative thinking, and physics in “Psychology Today”.  I think you’ll enjoy it.


The Foundation for Music Literacy. (n.d.). How music can dramatically effect your child’s development and life time success: A summary of current scientific literature concerning music and the mind. Retrieved Aug. 16, 2013, from

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

Music Therapy with Dementia (Video)

The following video (Music Therapy with Dementia) was created by the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.

Many people with dementia come to life when you provide music that is appropriate for them.  This video shares beautiful moments occurred during a music therapy session.