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Kensington Park assisted living resident plays piano with full time music therapist, Jessica

Musical Notes for the New Year

Music Therapy Research at NIH

Any readers of the Washington Post Express free daily newspaper may have come across this interesting headline amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. Their December 27 cover read, “Melodic Medicine: The National Institutes of Health is working with musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists to figure out how music can be used not just to comfort, but to help cure the sick.”

NIH is beginning to fund “research into how the brain processes music” and exploring whether or not “music and movement enhance a diseased brain’s neural networks.” Director of the Georgetown University Hospital program stated, “If we can study the arts in the same way that science studies medication and other therapeutics, I think we will be doing so much good.” The creative arts therapies continue to grab headlines and the attention of researchers and public alike, and here at Kensington Park, we are right at the cutting edge of a movement.

To read the full article and find more information about the NIH music therapy initiative, see the Express article here: