Experience the medicinal power of music through the National Music Centre's new drop-in music therapy sessions in collaboration with JB Music Therapy.
Your Songbook, 1970s Edition – October 20
Dive into the practice of creating songbooks that make you feel good! In this session, we’ll sing along to songs by crowd favourites like Fleetwood Mac, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, and Simon & Garfunkel, among so many others! Participants are sure to leave with a song in their head and a skip in their steps!
Singing improves breathing, develops core muscles, exercises the brain (memory, concentration, linking left and right brain function), engages the emotions and encourages a feeling of belonging. Singers report benefits in all these areas, but even more, they report a huge improvement in their overall mood. Through the HealthSong stream, participants won’t just sing, they’ll also discuss how certain songs make them feel and find the music that will keep them feeling connected.
Music therapy is the study and practice of how music affects people. Music therapists use music as their primary intervention when working with all population groups. In these weekly sessions, music therapists will incorporate singing, vocalizing, instrument improvisation, exploration of unique sounds and other sensory experiences.
Tempo, timbre, melody, harmony, pitch and genre of music are always considered – with the primary aim of supporting the needs of the clients by opening doors to communication, enticing participation and creating opportunity for inclusive social interactions. Research has shown that music can be an engaging and attractive stimulus for all persons regardless of age or ability.
Led by JB Music Therapy’s Certified Music Therapists, HealthSong is open to all but ideal for those navigating life transitions, such as Calgary seniors interested in improving their memory and mood.
Participants can drop in for a single class, or come back week after week to enjoy the benefits of therapeutic singing and/or drumming, while also expanding on the skills explored in previous weeks.