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The Musical Instrument Museum announces its collaboration with ASU to serve senior community with virtual program

Alistair Dominguez

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PHOENIX, AZ — The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) has released two new Senior Wellness video collections.

It aims to make music therapy accessible to senior audiences from the comfort of their home or living communities.

The Musical Instrument Museum is collaborating with Arizona State University’s music therapy program under the direction of Dr. Melita Belgrave. It brings together two Arizona institutions to better serve the senior community.

The Senior Wellness video collections are an innovative resource that allows seniors to virtually visit some of MIM’s most popular exhibits with museum curators while exercising cognitive, physical, and social skills through fun music-making activities.

There will be two distinct collections available through MIM.org with pricing for both individuals and groups. They are the Senior Wellness collection for seniors at home or in assisted living, and the Memory Care collection is recommended for seniors living with memory loss.

Each of them contains five tour videos with rich musical content and engaging music-making sessions, including 10 music therapy interventions, 70+ minutes of content overall, and a viewing guide.

MIM’s curators will lead the participants in the virtual gallery tours by delving into the stories and sounds of five geographic regions through exhibits around the museum.

These global journeys will explore drumming and dancing in West Africa, the multilingual music of the Caribbean Islands, East Asia’s musical instruments, and much more.

Along each tour, curators will ask engaging questions to enhance interpretation and understanding.

Viewers also have a chance to make music from the regions since ASU music therapy students invite participation by playing instruments, singing, encouraging movement, and instructing at-home instrument making.

Find out more about MIM’s Senior Wellness programs at https://mim.org/senior-wellness-video-collections/.

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