Beautiful Music Project connects community to the power of classical music
Fargo Kiwanis Club, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra collaborating to educate local families about positive impact of classical music and connect them with music orchestrated in community
Brains love classical music. In fact, studies suggest this genre of jams has the potential to enhance brain development in young children and help orient and anchor individuals with neurological diseases, such as dementia and Parkinson’s. The “Welcome to a World Filled With Beautiful Music” project aims to educate local families about the positive impact of classical music and connect them with music orchestrated right here in our community.
The Fargo Kiwanis Club, the National Kiwanis Young Children Priority One program, and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra are collaborating on the project that will work with local birth centers at Essentia and Sanford to share the program’s message and engaging music playlists.
“In recent years, advances in brain imaging have created a significant body of scientific research that supports the positive power of music on brain activity,” said Margie Bailly, project facilitator for Fargo Kiwanis and the FM Symphony.
Parents receive a printed card through the program that offers family-friendly listening tips and a QR code that links to music programming on the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra website.
The benefits of listening to classical music include mood improvement, relaxation, enjoyment, learning and growth, making the program great for newborns as well as children in early childhood development centers.
The Beautiful Music Project will make information and music accessible to children in these centers, offering live musical presentations to kids and their parents. This gives families an excellent opportunity to enjoy the music together and to learn about its benefits.
The project will also work to benefit patients at the Roger Maris Cancer Center and strive to help individuals in senior centers.
“Many moms are dealing with aging parents as well as young children,” Bailly said. “This project can provide important insights and healthy, joyful projects for all ages.”
Classical music has been proven to offer therapeutic value in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. According to physician Dr. Oliver Sachs, who wrote “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain”, “musical perception, musical sensibility, musical emotion and musical memory can survive long after other forms of memory have disappeared. Music can serve to orient and anchor a patient when almost nothing else can.”
Bailly hopes to see the Beautiful Music Project grow its impact even further by offering talks in our community from nationally recognized speakers about the significant value of music to health and joyful living.
To learn more about the “Welcome to a World Filled with Beautiful Music” project and listen to music created by our local FM Symphony visit https://www.fmsymphony.org/beautifulmusic .