16 May 2017
Music…Engagement is just the Beginning – By Interchange Australia Music Coordinator, Tim Dickson
We all have experiences of being engaged in music – even if it is only by tapping our foot to a song on the radio, or singing in the shower. Most of us don’t need any help to access the opportunities music offers for socialising, communication, expression or just plain joy. But often people who have a real need for these experiences need help in accessing musical opportunities.
Music can help a child with autism to communicate, unlock forgotten memories for someone living with dementia or provide comfort for someone facing a terminal illness. It can uncover new levels of confidence for those living with mental health issues, stimulate brain function for victims of stroke and highlight what a person can do in spite of their disability.
Interchange Australia is unique in the disability & aged care sector as it incorporates musical activities into a wide range of programs and events, including:
• Day options;
• Music class (encompassing music appreciation, singing, playing an instrument, stagehand and stagecraft skills);
• The Crooning Gurus Singing Group;
• Rock The Houses;
• Annual RockCan concert;
• ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub; and
• Social & community activities including dinner groups
Interchange Australia is continually developing new & exciting ways for its clients to engage in musical activities & will continue to lead the way in the disability & aged care sector.
As the coordinator of Interchange Australia’s music programs I have had the privilege to witness fantastic progress from the participants in all of these programs. I have seen an increase in client’s attention span, communication, group interaction and a new found willingness to try new ideas. I have also been told directly from carers/parents that there is a noticeable positive change in a participant’s self-confidence and how much they look forward to their lessons each week.
All of the Music programs we provide have one uniting factor – music improves the quality of life.
For more information about the Interchange Australia Music Program, please call 1300 112 334 or follow this link.