Music and Memory
Why classical music?
- Research proves that classical music can calm down someone who is upset or anxious
- It can also evoke happy memories or remind them of past musical experiences
- The part of the brain which processes music holds up even while the rest of the brain deteriorates
How it works
- Length: 40-45 minutes with approximately five-minute musical excerpts.
- Short speaking portions in between pieces that act as guided listening.
- Repertoire will be familiar, soothing, calming, and sensory-friendly (not too loud or fast).
- Mozart, Sibelius, Strauss, and familiar tunes like Greensleeves and O Danny Boy
- Program can be offered virtually or in-person, always free of charge
For more information, contact Lessie Tyson at 617-987-2000, ext. 104 or [email protected]
Additional reading on the link between music and memory
“How Beethoven’s Music Speaks through the Fog of Alzheimer’s”– Discover Magazine
“Can Music Help Someone with Alzheimer’s?”– Mayo Clinic
Various academic studies– Musicandmemory.org