White Guitar Music Therapy

Mission Statement

to provide quality music therapy services to promote the dignity of every human life, especially older adults and those with disabilities, that, through music, they “may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). White Guitar Music Therapy uses music therapy techniques and practices to enhance clients’ quality of life and address their social, cognitive, physical, spiritual, and recreational needs.

Adaire specializes in work with older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Disease

Music therapy is especially effective with those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia because even when their disease has greatly progressed, they are often able to recall and sing the words and melodies from songs of their youth. This is because music is associated with memories buried deep inside the brain, memories that were not lost to the disease. This is especially meaningful when families can interact with their loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia through music.

Merle and Lorraine

Lorraine, a woman with Dementia, dances to old-time tunes with her husband, Merle, during a music therapy session.

Adaire received most of her training with older adults, especially Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients, and specializes in using musical interventions to address these goals:

  • to orientate to reality
  • to enhance the client’s quality of life
  • to increase use of fine and gross motor skills through instrument playing
  • to increase socialization
  • to access long-forgotten memories through music-assisted reminiscence and life review
  • to increase spiritual and emotional comfort
  • to increase family interaction
  • to decrease behavior management issues and reliance on anti-psychotic medications

Research during musical interventions shows observed behaviors including bodily movements, dancing with musical stimulus, singing, increased socialization, decreased agitation, and increased enjoyment. “It was suggested that when perceiving and responding to music, Alzheimer’s patients may use unique or alternate neural processes for cognition and memory” (Walton, et. al, 1988).

Ann, a client with Dementia, dances and plays bells during an old Tavern tune. Watch her feet as they move to the beat of a polka!