Therapeutic Music

Therapeutic Music 2017-06-18T20:57:26-07:00

What if music was more than entertainment?

What if it had the power to inspire awakening,
heal hearts and stir our imagination?

What if we could connect with a Song of Wisdom, Wonder & Universal Welcome inside us?


The Therapeutic (Healing) Music of Heart and Hope is presented as a well-thought-out and well-performed program of INTERACTIVE MUSIC. The kind of music that appeals to our audience. The kind of music that makes “connections”. The kind that sets feet to tapping and hands to clapping. An Uplifting and Joyful Experience which enhances the well-being of Heart, Mind and Soul for ELDERS and all who hear it!

Music Sessions

Rosie with her new Baritone Uke

Rosie with her new Baritone Uke which Heart and Hope donated to help with her dream of playing music. She said, “I’m so happy I feel like I could pop!

Our Sessions last anywhere from 60 to 70 minutes. When we arrive, we greet the residents, learn their names, make an informal assessment of the residents’ level of functioning at this particular time.and share some jokes and stories.

We distribute musical instruments to those wishing to play them and sing specially selected songs of many traditions, such as jazz standards, old favorites, spirituals, patriotic songs  and folk songs. We try to play music  that the residents can relate to and recognize, in order to make it more fun and interactive.  It’s a joy when they get involved.

Before long, they seem to forget their problems and suffering, and transition to a more joyful state of being. We feel that we are successful if after a session, the residents “feel better,” are singing or participating in some way and are smiling and more alert and in some cases are more “relaxed’ and less anxious.

“Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast, to soften rocks and mend the knotted oak.”
–William Congreve

Our Music

When invited, we sing at the bedside of those struggling with life. Our songs are chosen to respond to our patients’ spiritual direction and physical condition. We create an environment of love, hope and comfort in this time of transformation.

Here is a list of many but by no means all of the songs we might sing at a given “session” depending on the desire or inclination of residents at the time.

Accentuate the Positive
Dear Hearts & Gentle People
I’m in the Mood For Love
Sunny Side of the Street
Ain’t She Sweet
Doggie In the Window
It Had to Be You
Sidewalks of NY/Merry Olds
Aint Misbehavin
Don’t Fence Me In
Its Been A Long Long Time
Smiles
Always
Frankie & Johnny
Let the Rest of the World Go By
Sweet Violets
Amazing Grace
Friends
Mockingbird Hill
Swing on a Star
America the Beautiful
Georgia

My Blue Heaven
Summertime
AnyTime
Glow Worm
My Buddy
Tea for Two
As Time Goes By
God Bless America
Night And Day
Tennessee Waltz
Beautiful Mornin’
Good Night Irene
Over the Rainbow / Wonderful World
Thats Amore
Beer Barrel Polka
Grand Old Flag
Peg’O My Heart
This Land Is Your Land
Begin the Beguine
Grandma’s Featherbed

Pennies from Heaven
Those Were The Days
Bye Bye Blues Bye
High Hopes
Red Red Robin
Take Me Out to Ballgame
Bye Blackbird
Home on the Range
Red Roses for a Lady
Tip Toe Through the Tulips
Button Up Your Overcoat
Ill See You In My Dreams
Satin Doll
True Love
Cab Driver
In the Good Old Summertime
Sentimental Journey
When The Saints Go Marching In
Danny Boy
I Believe
Side by Side
When Your’e Smilin

Some of Donny’s Spiritual Songs we might sing if it were called for

Ave Maria
Light of Your Love
One Minute to Midnight
The Peace
Beloved Children of God
Love is the Real Thing
Psalm 90
Ask & You Shall Receive -Matt. 7.7
Call On Me
Margaret
Surrender
Welcome In a New Song Ps. 96

Words of Appreciation

“I was so thrilled to see you there with all of your bells and whistles. My dad has lived there since January. I apologize for any rude behavior he may have targeted you with. He’s a bit moody these days. He’s the grumpy one named Doug who is missing most of his fingers on one hand. I came by one time and Dad was actually enjoying himself with some small bell ringing. It was a joy for me to witness. Thank you so much for taking the time to come to Jackson House. It really meant so much to me to see such a happy expression on my dad’s face. You are an unsung hero.

Mike and I have thought about you often and have wondered where you had disappeared. Ran into you some time ago around our neighborhood in Talent. You were quite happy at the time with one of your kids’ accomplishments at med school. If this gives you an idea of how long ago it’s been.

But the real reason I am hoping this message gets to you is about your quiet and loyal servitude with the Elders in your community. Thank you so much for making my dad smile. Thank you for giving my dad something to whine about. He never has been an easy one to please so don’t take his complaining, if that is the mood he is in that day, too personally. Thank you Donny, for being such a giving man.”

Stacey Kearns ~ Jackson House Assisted Living Talent, OR