Many hospitals incorporate gardens into the design of the healthcare environment because they can be beneficial to staff and patients. The lush green space is quieter than the busy wards with beeping electronic devices, phones, chatter, and alarms. People spend time away from the 'patient role' in the natural environment -- socialising with friends and family. There is cross-flow between staff, carers, and residents using the space on the lunch break. The hospital gardens can be the ideal place for creativite pursuits and music-making if the temperature is comfortable and there are cooling breezes or rain protection. There is time for recovery and healing and music can ease the tensions of the work-a-day world. I have been working in a hospital with a 'healing garden.' The concept is inspiring for music and health practice.
Music Health Update 2018
The sight, sounds and smell of a garden inspire healing
|Pathways to music occupations--Indigenous Australians
The pathways to musical development start early in life with parent support programs. This continues into collaboration with Aboriginal Corporations to safeguard song and dance traditions, and enabling composition, performance, and curatorship of contemporary music. Music Health Australia advocates for social emotional well-being and pathways to music education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Support is provided through tutoring students at University in conjunction with the Indigenous Units on campus. This service follows on from advocacy through the Musicological Society of Australia. Read more...
|2017 Early Childhood and Community Music Services, Ipswich and surrounding regions
Early childhood music development is important for building children's communication and social skills. The occupational therapist resources early childhood centres, Prep and Schools in the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Fassifern and Lockyer Valley region. Sensory motor programs support the development of gross motor, fine motor coordination, and emotional regulation. Please Contact us to discuss your needs. OT can contribute to Individualised Educational Plans and Positive Support Planning processes for individual students.
Music Health professionals also work with musicians, culture bearers, and community groups. This helps to keep the costs low and affordable for instrumental tuition (piano, folk instruments), and application of music technology. The aim is for musical participation and sharing knowledge and skills across generations. This service supports cultural engagement, and creative collaborations with community groups and cultural facilities (museums, art galleries, libraries). Join the Music Health support group to share your talents and resources.
|Writing about ethnomusicology starts with listening....not just listening on the surface; but deep listening to the sounds of the natural environment. Being part of the real-life soundworlds. Building awareness of the sounds made--both the human, social experience of oceanography. Observing animal behaviour and sounds can contribute to the whole 'musical' experience. The sights, sounds, smells of the sea offer rich stimulation to our senses. Coaching others to appreciate the natural sound worlds and their relationships with living things is part of promoting social-emotional well-being. As we write creatively, compose new music, or produce sound recordings, this can reveal new understandings, growth and enrichment of our lives and those around us.
||Social Oceanography and Social-Emotional Well-being
Humpback Whale Fluke
|We can influence the state of our health
|Music Health Australia promotes music health and wellbeing for people living in Australia.
|Making Music--Cultural Diversity
Making music is part of many people's everyday lives. For some people, musicking is a way of expressing themselves. Other people like to share favourite songs and listen to music. It is part of who we are and what we are doing, being and becoming--and reveals our cultural identity.
|Reclaiming Musicking as a Daily Occupation can be a Health Issue...
Child Psychiatry research by James Hudziak confirms importance of music training for child development.
Hudziac, J. Cortical thickness maturation and duration of music training: Health-promoting activities shaping brain development. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dec, 2014
|Where are We? Music Health
Interested to hear where people interested in Music Health are located in Australia:
Philip Feinstein, Music for Refugees, (Sydney, New South Wales).
Heather Frahn, Soothing Sounds, Arts in Health, Flinders Medical Centre, (Adelaide, South Australia).
There are many more people/services that may wish to join the Music Health email community in 2017.
|What are we doing, being, and becoming in 2015?
Please contact us to let us know about your service.
"Music can change the world because it can change people." Bono
- We are removing barriers so anyone can participate in musicking
- Improving access, designing suitable environments
- Making pathways and adapting musicalequipment
- Valuing people's musical contributions
- Enhancing participation through skill development
|CREATIVE MUSEUM COLLABORATION
Creating a Music Museum
First you listen to the sounds you can hear... then imagine the people, places that you want to represent. Talk to those with similar interests. Share stories, and accompany them with music. This generates a social space and new sound worlds to enjoy...Read more
Creating the sound space
People can decide how they want to relate to music (past, present). Composing, listening, performing, remembering, recording, imagining, ignoring, sharing, design -- are all part of exploring music heritage and culture.
Freedom of expression for all musicians
If you need support with music heritage and culture, contact us to discuss your ideas about what can be done in your neighbourhood.
|Music Museum participation--enhancing musical development
There are emerging roles for musicians in museums: to develop music projects which benefit communities, through sharing musical resources, knowledge, skills. This allows everyone to have a voice and participate in musicking.
Community capacity building
Music communities support peoples' musical development. You can engage with your music heritage and culture -- locally or online.
Identifying sounds / sites of cultural significance for musical development. Optimising performance at these sites.
Helping you to thrive in your music occupations and develop Music Action Plans. "Engaging in cultural activities is an indicator of positive cultural identity that is associated with better mental health among Indigenous Australians:"
read more about effective strategies to strengthen emotional and social well-being of First Peoples: page 2).
Using technologies for networking and developing community-led solutions. Safeguarding music heritage and culture and building capacity for use of technology, which supports community development.
|MUSIC HEALTH AUSTRALIA
DOING, BEING, BECOMING MORE ACTIVELY ENGAGED
Music Health Austalia is a professional service that helps communities to self-organise their own music heritage and culture.
Music Health Australia supports and enables communities to become more active in music making. Read more about "Doing, Being, Becoming More Active through Taking Part in Community-Based Museum Scenarios."
The Music Health Australia service tailors music and health projects to suit local needs. Music Health Australia was the first service to implement the socio-ecological approach to musicking, developed through Sandra Kirkwood's action research on "Frameworks for Culturally Engaged Community Music Practice in Rural Ipswich, Australia" (Kirkwood, 2009).
Please let us know how you would like to be involved with Music Health Australia.
Musicking the photo archive
Community groups often keep a photo log of the events and celebrations that occur throughout their lifespan. Nowadays, the photographs are uploaded to social media, websites, or gathered into photo albums to share. This is a record of the public collective memory that sometimes gets forgotten as people move away, or change their interests.
The idea of Musicking the Photo Archive is to bring to life the photographs that are important to people by singing, dancing and creating musical works about them. Musicking is a way of evoking reminiscence of photographs and sharing knowledge that may otherwise be forgotten. This can be part of informal music education.
We usually rely on the older members of familes and communities to fill us in on details - explaining what the photographs meant when they were taken. The performance of songs/music/dance allows stories to be passed from one generation to another.
The stories may take on new significance when they are recorded and shared in a different place and time - removing face-to-face contact and connection to land. Local music heritage and culture is translocated as it moves around with our travels, and is distributed through various social media networks. Musicking transmits our culture creatively and generates possibilities for cross-cultural exchanges and negotiating better understanding. Digital technologies have transformed musical opportunities and access is extremely important.
|Create, Curate, Collaborate:
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|Working toward creative and collaborative solutions with communities.
To subscribe and join the national Music Health Network register online.
Revitalising the use of creative occupations in occupational therapy, education, and community cultural development.
Adolf Meyer MD & Haworth Continuing Features(1983) The Philosophy of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 2:3, 79-86
Links to Music and Health networks
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