Mindsong - music in care homes

Be healthy, happy and mentally fit – make music!

We take it as read that playing a musical instrument or singing is good for the brain, the body and the emotions. Great minds such as Plato, William Shakespeare, Friedrich Nietzsche and Hans Christian Andersen have said as much, not to mention notable musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Ludwig van Beethoven. But is it all supposition and pseudo-science? Anita Holford and Dyfan Wyn Owen take a look at the evidence.