Music is part of the lifestyle at Kensington Park. We offer a one-of-a-kind Music Therapy program led by our in-house team of board-certified Music Therapists. For those of you unfamiliar with Music Therapy, it is an evidence-based practice that integrates the best available research, clinical expertise and the needs and values of the individual. Its focus is often toward non-musical goals like social interaction, cognitive stimulation and mood improvement. Our program not only improves the mental health and cognitive status of our residents – it reaches their hearts and souls, too.
Music therapy research dates to the 1960s. As the field has grown, so has the body of research regarding music’s effects on the mind and body. The American Music Therapy Association has two publications dedicated to music therapy research: Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives. Both are widely accessible to music therapists and referenced often. Music therapy research can also be found in several credible, peer-reviewed journals.
Clinical expertise includes musical and non-musical clinical skills that therapists learn and perfect throughout their training and practice. Some of these musical skills include verbal processing and reflective listening while non-musical skills include building familiarity and personal rapport with our clients.
When we begin music therapy with a new client, the question we look to answer is: What do they need? Is it mood improvement, cognitive stimulation, social engagement or sensorimotor rehabilitation? Once that is discovered, the next thing we look at are values and preferences. What kind of music do they like? What kinds of musical engagement do they prefer? Are they religious? Knowing their values and preferences allows the music therapist to take a resident-centered approach in care, which in turn makes for more successful interventions, and a happier individual!
Despite living in such a precarious time, music has remained a powerful tool of expression and unity at Kensington Park through virtual concerts, hallway karaoke, and activities with our music therapists. While strolling outside, you are sure to hear our talented therapists serenading and singing duets with residents. We are playing many music-themed games; from highly competitive games of “Name that Tune” to “Broadway Bingo” in our activity groups. Local music students have also partnered with Kensington community to perform private Zoom concerts for residents. Activities, events, and games centered around music have the power to keep individuals energized, connected, and mentally active.
We are grateful to have such a generous and talented community where everyone can join together through their love of music. It is such an important aspect of life at Kensington Park and we wanted to share it with you! Check out our “Tunes at KP” playlist for a guaranteed good time of singing and dancing to relieve stress, stay active and have fun!
We are proud to offer our Music Therapy program virtually to viewers at home! Join our live, interactive sessions for music-making, singing, rhythmic movement and so much more. Free and open to all! Register here.