WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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University. "It stimulates the visual, the auditory nerve centers, and the emotions." Practitioners are both trained musicians and professional thera- pists. Besides specializing in a primary instrument, they're able to sing and play guitar, piano, and percussion. They must earn at least an undergraduate degree in the field and pass an exam for national board certification. They are trained to assess and address the needs of each individual patient. Masters of multitasking, they adjust their playing in response to verbal and nonverbal cues. They tailor music to mood and monitor emotional and physical reactions. Many bring along percussion instruments for patients to accom- pany them. Clients with limited dexterity might join in by tapping an iPad to set off programmed musical and rhythmic sounds. Even people who can no longer speak can sing, says Harrison. "Those memories don't disappear—it's the access to the memories that is the problem." 99 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Much More Than Music to Their Ears S T E V E M A A S writer P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y C A R E D I M E N S I O N S

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