Changing lives one song at a time
Connecting people with memory loss to the language and joy of music, since 2015
We aim to improve the quality of life for persons facing age related memory issues through the power of music.
Using a combination of professional level performances and therapeutic techniques, we provide interactive music programs which engage the residents on intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and emotional levels.
What Is Songs by Heart?
Songs by Heart is an engagement-centered program developed for Memory Care Communities in which a professional level singer leads an interactive sing-along up to five times per week, 45 minutes per day, with piano accompaniment.
The singers use therapeutic techniques such as mirroring, verbal and gestural prompting, making direct eye contact, and holding hands with residents throughout the program. Singers encourage residents to join in the singing, clapping, and dancing, as well as to engage in conversation centered around the musical selections.
"Songs by Heart allows residents to feel successful at a time in their lives when feeling successful is rare."
In Alzheimer’s Disease, music-evoked emotions and memories are often preserved, and listening to music, especially familiar songs, can at least temporarily reduce anxiety, enhance self-consciousness and identity, and improve cognitive performance in tasks of verbal and autobiographical (episodic) memory.
"Songs by Heart is not just a music program, it is an event that engages people at various cognitive levels and provides an environment that illuminates peace and happiness and contentment."
People We've Helped
“It’s so unbelievable to hear my mother singing lyrics next to me when she can’t even remember what she did an hour ago... Songs by Heart really works!”
Son of a Foster Pavilion ResidentWestminster Place
“It is clear to see what a huge difference Songs by Heart is making with the residents. I never see the residents as happy or as full of life as when you are there singing with them, and it makes me cry to see residents who cannot speak many words trying to sing all lyrics to the songs.”
Community VolunteerWestbridge at Wyndemere
“...your program provided an experience like no other. I witnessed residents who are unable to voice a coherent thought or verbalize a sentence, sing songs in their entirety, word for word. I didn’t want the program to end!”
Director of Memory CareNorth Shore Place
“My mom loves the program. After the Songs by Heart sing along each day, she is alert, smiling, and energized in a way I have not seen in years.”
Son of an Assisted Living ResidentThe Moorings of Arlington Heights
“Singing with you all helps to fill a hole in my heart.”
Foster Pavilion ResidentWestminster Place
“We are so enthralled with the effects of the program. We are hearing raves from families, residents, and staff! The melodies linger so sweetly. I’ve watched numerous videos over and over just to see our resident expressions. We captured very special moments and caught surprising resident reactions that buoyed our spirits to do the work we do each day. Thank you!”
Director of Dementia ServicesSenior Resource Group