Music, Drum and Vocal Therapy for Seniors in Care

1 hour, group therapy

Jody Marsolaisí Rythym Room is equipped to cater to golden age with Drums and Percussions suited for all. We ensure that each individual is captivated by the sounds of familiar music, the Rythym of African drums and soft ringing of chimes and bowls that brings each special person to a time of comfort, happiness and ease. We invite the patientsí families to take part in these sessions as well as the caregivers.

The Evidence behind using Music Therapy with Seniors in Care provides opportunities for:

  • Memory recall which contributes to reminiscence and satisfaction with life
  • Positive changes in mood and emotional states
  • Sense of control over life through successful experiences
  • Awareness of self and environment which accompanies increased attention to music
  • Anxiety and stress reduction for older adult and caregiver
  • Non-pharmacological management of pain and discomfort
  • Stimulation which provokes interest even when no other approach is effective
  • Structure which promotes rhythmic and continuous movement or vocal fluency as an adjunct to physical rehabilitation
  • Emotional intimacy when spouses and families share creative music experiences
  • Social interaction with caregivers and families

Research highlights that Music Therapy along with experiencing rhythm with various percussions and light drums:

  • Reduces depression among older adults.
  • Music experiences can be structured to enhance social/emotional skills, to assist in recall and language skills and to decrease problem behaviours.
  • Music tasks can be used to assess cognitive ability in people with Alzheimerís disease.
  • Music is effective in decreasing the frequency of agitated and aggressive behaviours for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimerís disease and related dementias.
  • Individuals in the late stages of dementia respond to and interact with music.

Music Therapy

  • Restores one's creative spirit by refreshing the power of imagination through musical play, vocalization, and social interaction.
  • Improves one's life by using innovative melodic, rhythmic, and musical expressions to achieve a more positive outlook.
  • Maintains one's self-esteem and attentiveness with a more balanced sense of emotional expression.


Senior citizens benefit greatly from music therapy intervention. Here are just a few improvements:

  • Better awareness and concentration
  • Enhances interest levels and social interaction
  • Improves memory and recall
  • Happier outlook on life and higher self-esteem
  • Increases mobility and coordination
  • Better awareness and concentration
  • Reduces tension and promotes relaxation
  • Diminishes pain and improves recovery time


A typical session - group or individual - may be structured like this:

  • Opening or greeting song - signals that the session is starting
  • Sing along song - involves the client in the music-making process and promotes relaxation and breathing
  • Dance or movement activity - initiates the client physically with the session
  • Sing along song - keeps the client focused while relaxing from the physical task
  • Percussion improvisation - establishes a basic, rhythmic musical activity
  • Sing along song with hand motions - combines musical focus, rhythm, and motion
  • Musical improvisation piece with client-friendly instruments - encourages the client to experiment and to explore their creative selves
  • CD listening task, such as "Name that tune" or "Name that artist" - challenge a client's memory, and cognitive and processing abilities
  • Sing along song - relaxes the client while maintaining focus
  • Closing or good-bye song - signals the end of the session


Everyone can benefit from music therapy intervention. Early research has been directed toward children and seniors affected by various illnesses and disabilities. The challenges treated by music therapy are real.

Music is used to relax the body, reduce muscle tension and promote healing. It can boost productivity and strengthen memory and learning. Best of all, it inspires creativity and fosters endurance.

Music therapy can improve the quality of life for all people as it decreases stress levels. With the oversight of Jody Marsolaisí facilitation and interactive demonstration, people of all ages and abilities can learn to adapt and cope with the demands of everyday life.

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