Dane County New Horizons Music, Inc.
"Music-making is linked to a number of health benefits for adults....Research shows the making music can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, reduce stress, and lessen anxiety and depression. There is also increasing evidence that making music enhances the immunological response, which enables us to fight viruses." Suzanne Hansen, Chair of the music therapy department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA as quoted by Cicetti, F. in "Is playing a musical instrument good for your health" in www.livescience.com. Oct. 21, 2013
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Medical & Psych-Social Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument:
Anxiety, Asthma, Blood Pressure, Depression, Hearing in Crowds, Heart Rate, Immune System, Social Interactions, etc.
You're never too old to make music.