This is a really beautiful video clip about a nursing home resident’s response to music: The Power of Music
Music has the power to bring people together, heal, uplift, and transform the lives of many. Many years ago, I met a woman who used to be a piano teacher. Struggling with late-stage Parkinson’s disease, she could barely lift her head or speak. Whenever I sat her in front of the piano, she would start playing. Always with one finger, always slow and unsteady. It wasn’t what anyone would refer to as a “song” but to those of us who met with her on a regular basis, it became the song of her life. Behind that blank stare, we saw a steady glow of love for music, for life, and for the man who continued to stand by her.
One of my music therapist friends used to tell me she thought she’s one of the luckiest people in the world, because she could engage in her favorite activity every day at work. I know she’s right.
Does music play a part in your professional/ caregiving experience?
I know it’s played a big role in mine…