Making music to improve health

May 11 / 61

Students from the Music Therapy program hosted Jamalicious!, a public jam session at University Square on Wednesday 18 May to raise awareness about the positive health benefits of music making and singing.

The celebration was part of events held across Australia which were coordinated by the Music Council of Australia and the Australian Music Therapy Association.

Students in the University’s Music Therapy program Sherrene Teh and Victoria Churchill organised the lunchtime event, which saw many of their fellow students join them to jam on the steps of University Square, close to Grattan St.  

“We wanted to promote the idea that music making is not limited to trained or 'musically talented' people, rather, anyone can be part of an experience and reap the benefits of singing, of being part of a social experience, and feeling safe performing in a group,” Ms Teh said. 

“Music plays a key role in many young people’s lives and we often say music makes us feel better. That is what this music-making experience is all about. 

“Students are in a great position to get involved in such initiatives with the help of the wide network the University can provide, creating awareness of campaigns through channels such as faculty newsletters or posters at residential colleges.”

Ms Teh said the event was not about being music entertainers or having an audience, but rather sharing their skills with the community and engaging with them. 

“Many people sang along while waiting at the lights and cars slowed down to watch us, so I think the goal was definitely met,” she said. 

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