EXHIBITION TO EXPLORE THE POWER OF MUSIC ON HUMAN HEALTH
(Calgary, AB — May 26, 2022) On May 27, the National Music Centre (NMC) will launch a new permanent Music & Wellness exhibition that taps into the power of music on mental and physical health.
Music has an extraordinary capacity to affect human health and wellbeing, in ways we are still discovering. Studies have shown that music can calm or excite, enhance mental focus and physical performance, and even heal psychological trauma.
Located on Studio Bell’s third floor, which is entirely dedicated to the power of music, the Music & Wellness exhibition will explore numerous topics through a series of powerful video interviews that create an immersive sense of personal conversation between the viewer and a variety of experts, including medical professionals, music therapists, community wellness advocates and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers.
The exhibition explores four themes: Music & Healing, which touches on evolving music-centered treatments in helping to repair minds; Music & Support, exploring the history of music therapy and its effect on relieving trauma; Music & Culture, focused on the traditional significance of music in many cultures and finally; Music & Memory, which unravels the effects of pitch, tempo, melody, and rhythm on the mind.
“The healing power of music has been a major focus of NMC’s vision from the very beginning,” said Andrew Mosker, NMC President and CEO. “Our hope is that this new Music & Wellness exhibition at Studio Bell, in particular, grows to become a prominent resource for music and wellness information and education, and that our community looks to the National Music Centre’s programs as a champion for healing through music.”
As one of the largest galleries at Studio Bell, the Music & Wellness exhibition will continue to provide a space for wellness-related programs and expert talks.
Two music therapy sessions led by the trained music therapists at JB Music Therapy, FunDrum and HealthSong, are currently being offered every Saturday afternoon until June 11 on Studio Bell’s Skybridge. The sessions are available at an additional cost of $20 per person. NMC is encouraging visitors to complement their visit to the exhibition with a music therapy session.
Music & Wellness opens permanently on May 27 and is accessible with pay-what-you-can admission. Studio Bell is open with extended spring hours, Thursday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, allowing music fans more opportunities to see this new exhibition and several others.
About National Music Centre | Centre National de Musique
The National Music Centre (NMC) has a mission to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music and is preserving and celebrating Canada’s music story inside its home at Studio Bell in the heart of the East Village in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) on Treaty 7 territory. NMC is the home to four Canadian music halls of fame, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Quebec’s ADISQ Hall of Fame. Featuring musical instruments, artifacts, recording equipment, and memorabilia, the NMC Collection spans over 450 years of music history and innovation. A registered charity with programs that include exhibitions, artist development, performance, and education, NMC is inspiring a new generation of music lovers. For more information about NMC’s onsite activities, please visit studiobell.ca. To check out the NMC experience online, including video-on-demand performances, made-in-Canada stories, and highly entertaining educational content, visit amplify.nmc.ca.
Julijana Capone, Senior Publicist
National Music Centre
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