|We can influence the state of our health through musicking--locally, nationally, globally, galactically!
||Music Health Australia promotes music health and wellbeing for all people, especially those in Australia.
|Making Brain Waves
25-26 Sept, 2015
Annual Music Health Australia Gathering
Moreton Bay Research Station
North Stradbroke Island, Queensland.
|EOI for creative arts workshops that explore some aspect of brain structure and functions (e.g. neural knitting; creating music that helps to regulate emotions; explaining neurological processing and creativity).
Expression of Interest is sought for running workshops. Please contact us with 300 word proposals by July 31.
|Museums Australia National Conference,
Sydney 21-24 May, 2015
Be part of "the Cultural Cacophany"
Music Health Australia is represented at this event.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Music Health Group
Please contact us for further details and meeting dates.
Music Health Australia is a support service for
- Community Music Facilitators, Musicians, Health Professionals, and anyone interested in music and health.
|Making Music--Cultural Diversity
Making music is part of many peoples' 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 revealing our cultural diversity.
|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).
|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
- Making pathways
- Valuing people's musical contributions
|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.
|Enhancing Musical Development--Music Museum participation
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. Engage with your music heritage and culture -- locally or online.
Identifying 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 mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: page 2).
Using technologies for networking and developing community-led solutions. Safeguarding music heritage and culture.
|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).
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
Adolf Meyer MD & Haworth Continuing Features(1983) The Philosophy of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 2:3, 79-86