The power of notes and harmonies to uplift, move, and connect synapses and people is potent.
Communities with access to therapeutic music have better health and wellness outcomes across the board. Great Bend Center for Music brings these benefits to communities through programs such as Memory Care Choir, Grief Choir, music meditations, and partnerships with domestic violence shelters and veterans organizations.
Introducing: Lunch & Listen, a new virtual event and podcast series that delivers a brief moment of relaxation and contemplation in the midst of busy days.
Did you know that group singing alleviates the physiological effects of stress while improving self-esteem and mood? It nurtures a sense of community and cultivates intrinsic motivation, while also maintaining or improving cognition. This is why it’s used so successfully to combat the high rates of burnout that plague high-consequence careers (healthcare, aviation, nuclear power, etc).
Group singing is also of form of healthy exercise that typically results in improved breathing, better posture and reduced muscle tension, even for participants with conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), making it a powerful recovery tool.
More, Choral Music Therapy has been used successfully to relieve many of the complicating emotional and cognitive challenges associated with homelessness and addiction while providing a pathway towards reconnection to the broader community. And for dementia patients, Choral Music Therapy has been shown to have a positive impact on memory and relationships and to promote diagnosis-acceptance.
Music is a powerful and more importantly accessible tool that can be used to soothe, to invigorate, to lift moods and loneliness, to process emotions, to engage the mind.
Upcoming therapeutic music programs
- Great Bend Center for Music is currently partnering with Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center in Shelton, WA for summer youth advocacy programs:
- Sparks: A FREE summer camp for youth impacted by domestic or sexual violence to find & explore their sparks
- Find Your Muse: A FREE summer music program offers youth ages 10 to 18 who have been impacted by domestic or sexual violence opportunities to explore music as a tool for healing and self-expression
- On Demand Memory Care Choir: Coming in January 2023!
Lunch & Listen Podcast and Event Series
Every month, we introduce a piece of classical music ideal for providing a little mental break and easy relaxation while providing tips to assist with deeper listening and appreciation.
Join our monthly live Zoom to enjoy a collective listening experience, or download the podcast and listen whenever you need a break: