1. TUNE UP
Current research reports significant health benefits in keeping people of all ages engaged in music making throughout their lives.
Our TUNE UP project provides background support to deliver practical application to the findings of this research by:
Encouraging people of all ages to learn an instrument and supporting the startup of musical ensembles for young and old.across all cultures and ages.
Sourcing sheet music and replacing instruments for those lost, damaged or regretfully surrendered when downsizing; as can happen along the way.
Supporting opportunities for inter-generational teaching and performance of traditional music to tell the story of a culture.
Our early work with playlists was influenced by Linda Gerdner who, in 1995 was the first to develop and test the use of personal music for non-pharmacological management of agitation. Whilst this research focused on Alzheimer's and related dementias our own innate and lived experience tells us that being able to listen to our own personal music has health and well being benefits for all.
Our Encore program extends the work of Gerdner by
Providing resources to empower individuals, families and carers to create and manage their own playlists off the web and in a wire free environment.
Selling our own "eSHUFFLe" as an attractive, affordable, safe, smart, wire free personal music player; all proceeds of sales remaining in Australia and used to fund Australian community-based initiatives which promote the use of music in the prevention, treatment and management of brain related disorders BUY YOURS ONLINE TODAY
3. VOCAL LOCALS
It is now well established that mechanisms such as rhythm, shared emotions and the memory of specific events make music a powerful tool for connecting with other people.
Our VOCAL LOCALS project:
Acknowledges the value of music as a therapeutic tool in both clinical and non clinical environments.
Provides guidance, encouragement and support to self-help singing groups.
Auspices the startup of independent community based self help choirs which engender a sense of equality and comradeship between people,
4. HOUSE CONCERTS
As a way of celebrating quality music in local neighborhoods, the Foundation offers an informal house concert program in spring wherein wonderful musicians come to play and appreciative people come to listen.
Our HOUSE CONCERTS:
Are private events that often take place in cozy living rooms,
Decentralize music performance and represent a return to the original form of music making
Are amazing and enriching experiences that bring music into private homes to foster intimate connections between artist and audience.
Provide musicians with an important income source as the overheads of advertising, venue hire and other costs are eliminated.
Strengthen communities and enrich neighborhoods through shared experiences of music performance.
Music and the Brain Foundation has its genesis in a suburban community and remains committed to delivering programs which are community based, community centred and community driven. Contact us if you would like a similar project implemented in your area or if your community has other needs which we can help you address.