Wellbeing Update MUSIC for memory, wellbeing and fun!

Making music, listening to music and using music therapeutically can all have a huge positive impact on your wellbeing. You're lucky - you are living and studying in one of the most musically rich cities in the world!!

Liverpool's musical history is dominated by The Beatles. It seems incredible now that they were only together as a group for less than 10 years, such has been their musical legacy. Some of you may already have visited The Beatles Story in the Albert Dock, but there are many places in the city with which they were associated, and are open to the public. Sadly, the original Cavern Club was demolished in 1973, and the one now in Matthew Street is a reconstruction using 15,000 of the reclaimed bricks from the original. The basement of the newly-refurbished Jacaranda Club in Slater Street was originally decorated by John Lennon and Stewart Sutcliffe in return for free rehearsal time and the band played there many times.

But this city is musically so much more than just the Fab Four. Among thousands of groups and artists originating in Liverpool are: Billy Fury, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Echo and the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, The Boo Radleys, The La's, Cast, The Coral, Gomez, Atomic Kitten...the list is endless. In one incredible year, 1963, Liverpool artists topped the UK charts 9 times for a total of 40 weeks. We're also home to the Africa Oye Festival, MILAPFEST (Indian music, art and dance) Cream, Sound City and numerous top class venues. It's not surprising that Liverpool was the 2008 European Capital of Culture, and is a UNESCO European City of Music.

A 2013 study at St Andrew's University (Jentzsch et al) concluded that musicians were quicker to pick up mistakes and correct them. The study compared amateur musicians to non-musicians and showed that even moderate levels of musical activity can benefit brain function. Here's a link to a short article on how playing an instrument could improve your life:

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the oldest professional orchestra in the UK, and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, (which is older still!), celebrated its 175th anniversary season in 2015. The Philharmonic Hall and new Music Room offer an enormous variety of concerts throughout the year, many of which have discounted tickets for students.

In the large photo are 2 F1 doctors, 2 consultants, an ST2, a couple of GP's and a number of nurses and physios, plus a member of the Wellbeing Team! Medics are a very musical bunch - you only have to see an Artefacts production for proof!


Last year we asked members of staff and students to send us their "happy music" that they turned to during stressful times. Here are links to the 2 playlists - the YouTube one also tells you which member of staff chose which track - it may surprise you!!

Music for memory- is it a good thing? Music you find pleasurable releases dopamine which can promote learning and reduce stress-related ill health. However, this is more effective for non-musicians... musicians can be distracted by the external stimuli which consumes cognitive resources because they are paying more attention to the music's inherent structure and analysing it's quality. Musicians should try listening to more 'neutral' music. (Gold et al 2013)

music is now becoming one of the primary therapeutic interventions in working with people with dementia and cognitive decline.

Our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory and it can be used to tap deep emotional recall, even in patients with advanced illness or impairment. You can all, I'm sure, still recall songs from your earliest childhood - nursery rhymes, lullabies, hymns, pop songs - in perfect detail, and remember the sights, sounds and emotions attached to them. The response of patients to songs from their youth or childhood can be extraordinarily powerful. I recommend having tissues handy for watching the following video...

And finally....

Something completely different!! On the coast of Croatia, at Zadar, architect Nikola Basic has created an 'organ' which is played by the waves of the Adriatic.
Don't forget, the Student Wellbeing Service is here to offer advice and guidance on all sorts of issues. Do get in touch or come and see us if you're in any difficulty. We're in Room G04, Cedar House.


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Kari Robert


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