Brains love classical music. In fact, studies suggest that these kinds of jams have the potential to improve brain development in young children and help guide and ground people with neurological conditions, such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease. . The “Welcome to a World of Beautiful Music” project aims to educate local families about the positive impact of classical music and connect them with orchestrated music right here in our community.
The Fargo Kiwanis Club, the National Kiwanis Young Children Priority One program and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra are collaborating on the project which will work with local Essentia and Sanford birthing centers to share the program’s message and engaging playlists.
“In recent years, advances in brain imaging have created a significant body of scientific research that supports the positive power of music on brain activity,” said Margie Bailly, Project Facilitator for Fargo Kiwanis and FM Symphony. .
Parents receive a printed card through the program that offers family-friendly listening tips and a QR code that links to music programming on the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra website.
The benefits of listening to classical music include mood enhancement, relaxation, enjoyment, learning and growth, making the program ideal for newborns as well as children in centers of early childhood development. The Beautiful Music Project will make information and music accessible to children in these centers, providing live musical presentations to children and their parents. This gives families a great opportunity to enjoy music together and discover its benefits. The project will also benefit patients at the Roger Maris Cancer Center and work to help people in centers for the elderly.
“Many moms are dealing with aging parents as well as young children,” Bailly said. “This project can provide important information and wholesome, joyful projects for all ages.”
Classical music has been proven to offer therapeutic value in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. According to physician Dr. Oliver Sachs, who wrote “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain,” “musical perception, musical sensitivity, musical emotion, and musical memory can survive long after other forms of Memory Music can serve to orient and ground a patient when almost nothing else can.
Bailly hopes to see the Beautiful Music Project further increase its impact by providing talks in our community by nationally renowned speakers on the significant value of music for health and the joy of living.
To learn more about the “Welcome to a World of Beautiful Music” project and to listen to music created by our local FM Symphony, visit https://www.fmsymphony.org/beautifulmusic.