The ancient Greeks understood the tremendous healing and transformative powers of music in the life of the individual and in communities as a whole. Modern day science has corroborated the intuitive wisdom of ancient cultures with empirical evidence as to the enormous health benefits that music provides for all humans both psychically and physically.
Compelling scientific documentation has demonstrated that active participation in listening to and making live music has profound educational and health benefits. Unlike speech and virtually all other activities, music activates all regions of the brain, which explains why dementia patients, for example, remember music when all else is forgotten. It’s widely documented that early exposure to music is of paramount importance in the healthy development of the brain. Read More
Euterpe, Music for Health Canada
Music Is The Key in Early Brain Development
Classical and jazz can benefit on deeper levels because of the complexity of the structure and of the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic development.
Why Early Exposure to Music is Essential
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Ensemble Vivant performed at the inaugural concert of McMaster University’s LIVE LAB: MIMM (McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind)
Music and Healing: Progress Towards Elysium
How Music is Healing Psychically, Physically and Spiritually
EUTERPE Founder and Artistic Director Catherine Wilson was invited to present her PhD research at the Medical Humanities Conference at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, May 7-8, 2016.
Dearest Catherine, I received a wonderful message from the children on the 8th floor Oncology ward who could not come down to the Atrium main floor of SickKids because of their medical issues. They heard Ensemble Vivant’s beautiful music spiralling up to the 8th floor and wanted me to let you know that it was heavenly and that they loved it. You reached so many children sick in hospital today.
Dr. Ingrid Tein, MD, FRCP(C)
Staff Neurologist, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
An exquisite experience, thank you so much. I cannot begin to express the range of feelings, thoughts, responses – physical, emotional, intellectual (cognitive) that this journey has evoked. The Euterpe musicians are brilliant and their depth of artistry is profound.
For over a dozen years, Euterpe: Music for Health Canada has been at the forefront ensuring that children in Canadian communities receive live, high-calibre, interactive, educational performance programs of classical, jazz and related musical styles. Euterpe’s compelling evidence-based performance programs, which are conducted by world-class musicians from the classical and jazz communities, are free-of-charge to the recipients and to the facilities. These unique programs, which involve children’s participation throughout, are known to plant musical seeds which inspire children to want to learn music, to play an instrument, to make music with others and to want to hear more of this music. The long-term educational and health benefits of this music are well-known, yet sadly vitally important music programs remain unavailable to the vast majority of children in our country. Additionally, scientific studies have documented that most children today are not exposed to these important musical styles either recorded or live.
Learning music and participating in music-making activities such as singing in a choir or playing in a band or orchestra are known to have inestimable health benefits for individuals of all ages throughout one’s life. When children are involved with this music early on, they become much better equipped in life.
There are immeasurable benefits to the developing brain, including aiding in academic learning; developing focus and discipline; synchrony of movement; aiding in all areas of social development including fostering self-esteem, confidence, empathy, sense of purpose, social bonding and cooperation, positive social interaction, and more, including overall wellbeing.
Music is the Key for happier, healthier children, families and communities. Euterpe: Music for Health Canada’s evidence-based invaluable musical initiatives have been endorsed by the scientific community.