Music is Persuasive and Engaging
How is music persuasive?
Music has the capacity to influence us and has been used historically as a tool to reinforce, change or inspire beliefs. For example, messages in advertisements are highlighted and enriched by music.
Music is engaging in a multitude of ways; it engages multiple networks within the brain simultaneously and it is pleasurable, which tends to increase motivation for participating in treatment.
The first 10 minutes of Session 1 should be spent welcoming the residents, introducing the facilitators and the participants to the program.
Activity 1: Introduction
Describe 7 attributes of music (see descriptions at start of each session) and participants experience with music.
Demonstrate instruments – fast/slow and loud/soft shake or drum beat.
Choose a song and play along with instruments.
Introduce each other and ‘play’ the ryhthm of the syllables of your name with the shaker or drum (e.g. Jo-A-NNA would be three taps or shakes).
Use powerpoint slides to play famous ads with and without music and discuss.