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  • Writer's pictureKaren McPhail, RN, MSN

Early June Kennedy Center Senior Events!

Sound Health: Music and the Mind, and is a collaboration with Dr. Francis Collins and the National Institutes of Health, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts. Through this program, we hope to amplify the breadth of the research and practice at the intersection of music and health. I’m excited because it’s the first time these great institutions have collaborated not only to advance the field, but also to inspire the broader public.

Evolutionary studies have shown that we are hardwired for music, and every day we are learning more about music's benefits for health and well-being. Examples include stories of patients with Alzheimer’s whose memory is accessed through music, those who, after a stroke, have regained speech via singing, and patients who recover from traumatic brain injury with the help of music therapy.

Tickets available by phone of at the Box Office (202) 467-4600 Toll-free (800) 444-1324

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Sound Health Events, June 2-3

Sound Health In Concert: Music and the Mind with the NSO

Friday, June 2 8:00 p.m.

Uncover mysteries about the human brain and its connection to music with this fascinating NSO concert. Three renowned neuroscientists are joined by Renée Fleming, Ben Folds, and Jussie Smollett.

Breakthroughs with Music Therapy: Recovery, Resilience & Quality of Life

Saturday, June 3 1:30 p.m.

A longtime advocate of music therapy, singer-songwriter-composer Ben Folds joins prominent researcher Dr. Sheri Robb where they, along with patients and families, share powerful stories that will be woven together with observations and research reports.

The Future of Music and the Mind

Saturday, June 3 3:30 p.m.

Join National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins M.D., Ph.D., in a discussion moderated by Renée Fleming on what the future may hold for music and the mind.

Creative Aging

Saturday, June 3 5 p.m.

Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Aniruddh Patel partners with D.C.–based jazz trio Mark G. Meadows & the Movement and the Different Strokes for Different Folks choir for this interactive presentation that uses neuroscience to explain how the mind and body respond to the act of creating music.

Jazz, Creativity, and the Brain

Saturday, June 3 7:30 p.m.

Neuroscientists have recently begun to examine the elusive nature of human creativity. Join Dr. Charles Limb and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer as they discuss this fascinating new science and examine improvisational art forms such as jazz.

Rhythm in Action Workshop

Saturday, June 3 9:45 a.m. Free

In this 45-minute creative drama workshop—best enjoyed by children ages 2-5—we will explore the rhythms, rhymes, and music in your favorite stories like Chicka Chicka Boom Boomand Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? FREE, no tickets required.

Encore Creativity for Older Adults

Saturday, June 3 6 p.m. Free

Encore Creativity for Older Adults is dedicated to providing an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults who seek arts education and performance opportunities.

Sound Health Articles

  • Ben Folds: Music Therapists, Scientists are the 'Cool Kids'

  • Charles Limb on Music, the Brain, and Why We Need to Understand Creativity

  • Seeking the 'Whys' and 'Hows' of Music

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