24 April 2019
Music as therapy is a long established risk free technique for using musical interaction to assist individuals with a wide range of cognitive and emotional challenges to help improve their ability & function. While music is not a cure, it makes a wonderful complimentary or alternate therapy.
Music assists with stress relief – Playing musical instruments on a regular basis helps reduce stress levels. Studies have shown that music reduces heart rate and blood pressure which contributes to lowering cortisol, known as a stress hormone. As a result, a musician feels more relaxed. Listening to music also has the same effect.
Music increases communication skills – Playing music improves your social life, it helps you establish a connection with others. Learning to play musical instruments as an individual then working in harmony with a group increases your social circle as you meet new people with a common interest through learning and playing these instruments together. Playing music together teaches children how to work in a team and how to be respectful to one another and most importantly, how to communicate with one another.
Playing music helps with memory development – Memory and playing instruments go hand in hand, if you learn to play an instrument, you use two parts of the brain so you boost your memory power. Research has shown that participation in music in childhood can help advance a child’s memory and learning ability by stimulating various patterns of brain development.
Music is a very popular activity at Interchange Australia and is offered as part of our Day Options Program and as a weekday activity. Our band, The Hidden Wonders, rehearse every Monday evening and perform at local shows, community events, Rock the Houses and RockCan concerts throughout the year. All clients who participate in our music program thoroughly enjoy the experience and their talents are showcased at live performances.
Due to the popularity of music at Interchange Australia, we are excited to announce that a new ‘Music Makers’ class will be introduced in May as part of our ASDESI (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Education, Support and Information) Program. Children aged between 6 – 16 diagnosed with an ASD are invited to join our Music Makers class, held every Tuesday between 4pm and 5pm at Gib Cottage, 59 Kirkham Road. The classes will run on Tuesday’s throughout each school term.
For more information about our music program, please call 1300 112 334.