Music & coping/therapeutic
Coping strategy – escaping & reconnecting
Way to express yourself and convey feelings
“Many people with Alzheimer’s can sing songs… long after their Alzheimer’s has progressed beyond the point of recognizing loved ones, dressing themselves or even remembering what happened five minutes earlier.”
“Songs facilitate emotional bonding and even physical interactions such as marching or dancing together and thus may help cement ties that underlie the formation of human societies. In addition, tunes may work to our benefit on an individual level, manipulating mood and even human physiology more effectively than words can. “
“Music is our common ground … there will always be something to help navigate the tricky roads between adolescence and adulthood, a thing you can always rely on to ease a strained conversation. “
“…something in music that runs deeper than speech, something that reaches places mere language can’t get to.”
“Music is a language that speaks to all people.”
Music as a language – form of self expression
Triggering memories – events in your life
Unconsciously reflect feelings stemming from a past experience/deeper meaning.
“Music accompanies every human milestone, from baby-naming to marriage to memorials for the dead. It’s found among every people on Earth”
“The strength of your memory recall is related to your feelings on the subject.”
Music & senses in the everyday
Music informing an outcome – maybe in a public space
Combining senses to enhance an experience
Music surrounds us in many areas of our lives
Wrapped up in our everyday lives.
Conscious listening creates understanding. Enjoying mundane sounds – the ‘hidden’ quiet. Harder for us to pay attention to the quiet, subtle.
We can usually remember our surroundings when we found out a positive or negative piece of news – can sometimes remember more – the sounds, smells and feel of the place.
“The reason the senses are such excellent memory triggers is because they prompt emotions that replicate the emotions you felt at a particular moment. Because it’s these feelings that are the real doorway to memory.”
“As our cities burgeon and thrive, we can become enveloped in the chaos and thrall. In turn we begin to forget the joy of exploration and the thrill of discovery.” Yank someone from their daily routine. Inspire them to look at their city with fresh eyes, to rekindle a childhood aspiration, to share a memory. A place that’s alive with our habits, memories and emotions.
“Our private struggles and triumphs define our relationship to the places we live.”
“One does not have to hear music to internalize the meaning of music.”
“Music is a part of cultural identity.”
“Music is such an inseparable part of human experience, despite differences in culture, ethnic, moral and the history of each nation, it still plays many functional roles in our daily lives.”
“ … life is better with a soundtrack. “
Things to question:
What experience resonates with you? What triggers certain memories?
What if you could document stages in life? Could this be done through music?
How can we encourage people to reflect on memories/make memories/ capture them.
What is it you want to tell people? Is there a social issue that this could solve?
Lifts your spirits. What issue are people currently faced with that music could help?
Instead of music as therapy – music as a preventative for something (eg smile/depression)
Getting people to engage with music in their everyday lives