The Brightwork Music Academy aims to help those looking to advance their levels of musicianship regardless of age or station in life. The benefits of listening to, studying and creating music are well documented, and the joy that comes from learning a new skill is boundless.
- Vocal & Instrument Lessons
- Music Appreciation & History
- Music Theory
- Composition & Orchestration
- Songwriting Elements
We also schedule local artists to come play for, and with, students on a regular basis.
Music Lessons Can Help the Memory
It is estimated that 3.4 million Americans have dementia, and an additional 5.4 million people aged over 70 have memory loss that interferes with activities of daily life. Seniors with memory challenges are ideal candidates for music lessons – especially those who were exposed to music as children. The Journal of Neuropsychology published a study in which participants ranging in ages from 60 to 83 began music lessons and then took periodic cognitive tests to test their memories. Researchers found that the longer participants took music lessons, the better they scored on the cognitive tests. Another study conducted at an Illinois retirement home involving seniors aged 70 to 90 saw a 50-70% improvement in memories only after 16 weeks of learning a new musical instrument.
The Study of Music Can Slow Hearing Loss
Music lessons also help elderly people with hearing challenges. According to an article in The Huffington Post, researchers found that older people who received music training had better neural timing than those who had no such training. The study included 87 adults whose neural responses to the sounds of speech were measured as they watched a captioned video. The musicians in the group tested higher than those who had no previous music training.
Playing a Musical Instrument Can Provide Stress Relief & Help Keep the Mind Sharp
Many seniors find that music lessons reduce stress levels and help to keep their mind sharp. Research has proven that playing an instrument stimulates areas of the brain dealing with stress and the ability to focus. A 21-year study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx followed 469 seniors between the ages of 75 and 85 who did not have dementia at the beginning of the study. The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003, showed a strong association between cognitively challenging leisure activities, such as playing a musical instrument, and a decreased risk of developing dementia.
Listening to Music can Unlock Memories
According to an article in the Dallas News, many seniors find that music helps them recall past events and, in a way, transports them back to their younger days.