Allie Balducci - Mind&Melody FAU Boca Chapter
"Learning about Mind&Melody for the first time, I loved the idea, knowing that this organization can positively impact the lives of participants experiencing memory loss. This program is about performing for them, bringing back memories of songs they grew up with, and listening to them sing and play along with percussion instruments. Also, teaching them about how different instruments work, how to read music, and how to play keyboard. For some participants, it will come more easily than to others, usually due to previous musical skills or just understanding the basics. Either way, volunteers need to be encouraging and help the participants along accordingly.
As a music major who wants to help people, this program opens my eyes, making me wonder about all the progress we can make with participants, whether they have musical experience or not. Bringing back memories, seeing smiles, and hearing stories of their pasts make us smile. Patience and encouragement are really important, as well as having a good understanding of music fundamentals. Mind&Melody's officers, leaders, and volunteers will feel rewarded after working with participants."