Music supports communication and self-expression

  • Music can support the retention of speech and language skills
  • It offers a non-verbal, creative means of expression
  • The stimulating affect of music encourages alertness, enabling greater motivation to communicate and connect with others
  • The flexibility of music enables different levels of participation, and offers opportunities for the musical experience to be person-centred
  • Memories of songs are linked to a person’s identity – linking to an individual’s personal and cultural identity, personal history and life events
  • Music can support memory recall, and the ability to appreciate and engage with music remains intact even as cognitive functions deteriorate
  • Musical engagement offers a way to keep in touch with and explore one’s own creativity, opening up new or unfamiliar ways for self-expression and communication that do not rely on the use of words
  • Musical engagement supports other services, for example, the delivery of physiotherapy programmes, daily routines
  • Music can offer and provide new experiences, hearing unfamiliar music, playing an instrument, singing with others in a choir for the first time. Music is more than just the golden oldies tunes.

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