Sound Awakening by Shara Gardner

Note Book #9
Therapeutic Sound for Memory Enhancement

We process music with every part of our brain. When we use our own voice to sing familiar patterns or melodies, various parts of the brain "turn on" and help lend energies to other neural pathways that have been closed or sustained diminishing functionality. Sound is processed almost immediately where other therapies require a gradual process of re-establishing memories. Sometimes the person experiencing dementia, Alzheimer's or a general lack of memory cannot keep their attention focused long enough to remember all the parts of a song and sing it. Starting with humming sounds of familiar songs, jingles, even classical music, the brain is able to fill in the missing information subconsciously. Soon, the entire song may be sung without any understanding of how that memory was restored. In the practice of memory enhancement, sound therapies generally follow standard medical musical therapies, and yet this one is different. It has been developed to address memory enehancement from the perspective of the voice that wants to be free to travel its many miles of neural pathways and pick up information that has been stored along the way.

In Book #9 there are many call-and-response exercises that can be guided by the recordings provided or used by caregivers or practitioners. In using these recorded sessions, the memory of music gets through the mind much easier than other forms of feedback. So don't expect input or information from the subject. Just allow the sounds to come forth and know that the resonance is traveling through the entire brain and will produce results. These daily practices are designed in progression order by weeks. Follow a 4-week program and then elevate it to the next tier. We include instructions for this instructional process.
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