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Recreational Music Benefits

What is recreational music? 

Music-based activities, such as singing, which benefit and enrich participants' lives. The main goal of our online recreational music program is improving quality of life through the use of weekly video classes.

What are the benefits of recreational music? 

Recreational music experiences are designed to enhance participants' lives by focusing on the general areas of functioning, such as cognitive, physical, emotional and social. Recreational music can help boost overall health and well-being. Consistent, ongoing recreational music has many benefits and often produces amazing outcomes, which can include:

  • Enhancing memory and recall
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Increasing physical movement and circulation
  • Decreasing agitation and combativeness
  • Alleviating and/or distracting from pain
  • Increasing self-expression
  • Improving verbal communication
  • Promoting rest and relaxation
  • Increasing social interaction
  • Activating the brain
  • Helping staff, caregivers and family members connect with their residents or loved one

What training do music therapists have?

Music therapists complete a bachelor’s degree in music therapy which includes 1,200 clinical training hours. They must also pass a national board exam to earn the credentials MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified). Recertification is every 5 years which requires the completion of 100 CMTE (Continuing Music Therapy Education) credits. In Oregon, music therapists are required to register with the Health Licensing Office each year. These standards ensure that music therapists are certified to provide high quality and safe services to vulnerable populations. There are currently about 9,000 music therapists in the U.S.

How do Bridgetown’s online recreational music classes work?

Our program works like a subscription service. At sign up, you’ll get immediate access to this month’s classes, which are hosted on our website for ease of use. You can play these videos an infinite number of times, getting hours of planned activities. They can be used both individually or in groups—either way works. Each new weekly class is posted to the member area every Monday. Access to our program is unlimited—simply log on any time to view sessions. To learn more about our program, click on the Services tab. Clients should refer to our “Ideas for Use” and “Instrument Recommendations List” PDFs for ideas and training. Clients should also carefully read our Disclaimer.

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