Making music across generations opens doors of understanding, brings history to life, enlivens and empowers all ages, and gives youth and elders new ways to connect with each other in meaningful ways.
Research shows that engaging mind-body-and-spirit in the creation of original music is good for individual health and community well-being. By bringing music and words together, songwriting activates many parts of the brain simultaneously. Increasing this neural activity in early childhood helps develop greater brain, learning, and memory capacity throughout one’s later life.
Active engagement in group creative arts has been shown to increase student's listening skills, interest in subject matter, self-confidence and enthusiasm for study and for school.
For older and elder adults, songwriting can help to extend cognitive health and stave off depression and memory loss.
Most of all, Songwriting Works is fun, lively, and inter-active. Ideas, words and melodies spring up spontaneously as young and old laugh, share stories and find unexpected things they have in common. Songs are performed for the communities that compose them.
Songwriting Works™ offers a range of intergenerational music experiences for young
people (K-12) and older adults age 60 to 100+. Programs, designed to meet goals of
educators and care providers, may engage participants in song composition and /or
Judith-Kate Friedman and associates also craft workshops for youth-at-risk and young people with learning disabilities and other cognitive impairments.
A sampling of intergenerational songs and photos will be posted soon at the Songs/Gallery.
Songwriting Works also serves as a resource for educators in health, gerontology, music, arts, and community development (middle through graduate school). Resources, tools and trainings will be added to this site.
To inquire about customized classroom, higher education and life-long learning programs, contact us by e-mail or phone: 360.385.1160.