Dennis Skinner MP, speaking about singing with dementia patients:
“If there is something, a little bit, that we can do to enhance their lives… I know that they had a happier time as a result of all of the singing and the use of brain co-ordination with their feet and hands and all the rest of it. I know that those two and a half hours helped those people, those 20 people in that room.”
Music relieves stress and anxiety
Music decreases pain
Music may improve immune functioning
Music may aid memory
Music helps us to exercise
Music makes us smarter
Music improves visual & verbal skills
Music keeps an ageing brain healthy
Music Makes You Happier
Music improves Sleep Quality
Dr. Catherine Meads writing in The Lancet:
“Music is a safe, cheap and non-invasive option that should be available to everyone having surgery. Currently music is not used routinely during surgery to help patients in their post-operative recovery. The lack of uptake is often down to the scepticism of professionals as to whether it genuinely works, and of course issues of budget and the integration into daily practice.
Professor Grenville Hancox suggested that singing for people with motor disorders especially those with Parkinson’s offers physical, emotional and psychological support. Drawing upon six years developmental work and research he presented evidence to suggest that not only pleasure is derived from singing but positive personal changes that are not the result of pharmalogical intervention.
Michele Hanson writing in the Guardian:
“Music is a lifesaver. Every child should have a chance to play”.
Music therapy cannot cure, treat or prevent any type of disease, including cancer, but it can help people with cancer improve their quality of life. It can also help to reduce some cancer symptoms, and side effects of treatment.
“We listen to music with our muscles.” Nietzsche
Music as a cure for insomnia: Psychologists have found that simply playing relaxing music at bedtime can alleviate sleep disorders for many people. Relaxing music reduces the amount of the stress hormone noradrenaline in your system, reducing your level of vigilance and arousal and allowing you to sleep better.
Author Daniel J. Levitin:
“By better understanding what music is and where it comes from, we may be able to better understand our motives, fears, desires, memories and even communication in the broadest sense”.
Co-author Dr Daisy Fancourt, from the Centre for Performance Science, a partnership between the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London, said: “Many people affected by cancer can experience psychological difficulties such as stress, anxiety and depression. Research has demonstrated that these can suppress immune activity, at a time when patients need as much support as they can get from their immune system. This research is exciting as it suggests that an activity as simple as singing could reduce some of this stress-induced suppression, helping to improve well-being and quality of life amongst patients and put them in the best position to receive treatment.”
Poem by Stephen King:
We did not ask for this room or this music. We were invited in.
Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy.
We have been given life to deny death.
We did not ask for this room or this music.
But because we are here, let us dance.
James Rhodes: “Music saved my life. It’s that powerful. Young children have a hunger and thirst to learn music and we must give every child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.”