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it is always a great thing to remember your roots where your story started from. most people forget mostly when they catch up with fame and think its always the best option to make the world think they were born from the high degrees that they later found themselves in.

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1- figure out your roots.

The roots are that level where you came from even when then no one had known you. and it was always you and your beloved then.

2- forget those you that knew you then

There are always people that will stand and have always stood with you when you were down. Those that wewre concerned of your welbeing

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How Music Can Improve Your Life

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Plato

Sure, we all love music. It makes us happy, makes us dance, it expresses emotions we ourselves don’t know to express.

But did you know there are scientific links between playing an instrument and brain development? That scientific studies have shown the incredible effects music can have on memory, hormone levels and even pain?!

music as medicine: how music can improve QUALITY of life

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Music can improve your quality of life!

Youth brain development

The University of Vermont College of Medicine recently completed a study of 232 children who played an instrument. The study found that the more the child practiced music, ”it accelerated cortical organization in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control.”.

Amazing!

The same study also found that practicing music changed the behavioral regulation in the brain. For example practicing music was found to thicken the part of the cortex that is connected to memory and attention span.

We have always been passionate about the transformative power of music in youths, so this study is so interesting!

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Learning an instrument can help brain development from a young age.

Pain RElief

Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. It acts as medicine.

Macklemore

But seriously. There have been scientific studies around music reducing pain. Such as this 2014 study of patients with Fybromyalgia.
Incredibly the study found that ”Listening to relaxing, pleasant, self-chosen music reduced pain and increased functional mobility significantly in our FM patients.”.

Miraculous! Listening to music was improving their quality of life by reducing the pain they felt with their condition!.

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Listening to music has been shown to decrease feelings of pain.

Mental Health

Everyone knows that music connects with us emotionally. When we’re angry we might listen to loud angry music, or when we’re sad we might enjoy listening to sad music.

Do you know the effect of music on the brain regarding stress relief?

A plethora of studies have found that listening to relaxing music decreases our cortisol levels, such as this University of Tennessee study. And this one.

Cortisol is our stress hormone, and has a strong link to anxiety and depression along with stress. So decreasing levels of cortisol in our body decreases feelings anxiety and stress! Go Music!

This study was researching effects of listening to music on depression. They found ” significant decreases in cortisol levels and positive effects on depression, fatigue and mood ”.

Wow. That is anxiety, stress and depression that music is found to have decreased the effects of through releasing certain hormones.

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Lowering levels of cortisol is an effect of listening to music

Music and memory

Magical music never leaves the memory

Sir Thomas Beecham

You know that feeling when you hear a song from your childhood, and you are completely transported to a specific memory, to a moment.

BUT did you know music has such a powerful connection to memory that it can be used to help Alzheimer’s sufferers? Studies (such as from the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease) have shows that memories of music are not lost to Alzeheimers, and can even help shake the Alzheimer’s daze and confusion for a short burst of ‘normality’. Now that really is special.

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Music can help with Alzheimer’s disease

Music and autism

Music therapy has become a popular tool used in Autism therapy. It has been found to improve communication and social skills, which are particularly difficult for those with Autism.

This article uses a great analogy, that for autistic children interacting in group settings can be very difficult. However through use of music, a child must first learn and understand their own instrument, and then slowly integrate and open up to play that instrument with other children. Furthermore, music teaches vital communication skills; that we need to listen and pay attention to what another person is saying, understand how to keep quiet until it is our turn to speak, and to ignore background noises. These skills can be very difficult for autistic children however learning music is a natural way to develop them!

If you enjoyed reading this, maybe you would consider volunteering with us! Have a look at our website and volunteer program!
We’d love to host music teachers who can help us teach music lessons to underprivileged children here in Western Uganda who don’t otherwise have access to music education!

Get to Know Us… Patience!

We thought this would be a nice way to introduce our Living Music Foundation staff!
If you’re thinking of volunteering with us then Patience might just be your new best friend…

Patience (L) with Jean (R)

Introduce yourself!

I am Nyamwija Patience. I recently graduated with a BA in Education. I have 3 siblings and both parents, who live back in the village. I love to sing and I live with Babrah (another LMF staff member). We cook dinner together every night!

Tell us about your role with the Living Music Foundation and what inspired you to get involved.

I am a Vocalist and Vocal Trainer.
I love singing, and sharing this with other people is an incredible gift. I think it is great to teach what I know to other people so they too can be uplifted through music. Through training music I have also been able to make many new friends. I first got involved with music when I was in school and needed a way to pay school fees, so I used money from band performances!

What is the mission of the Living Music Foundation in your words?

It is here to transform the lives of other people through music and music training. We make music lessons accessible to those who need it, and share positive empowering messages through our song! 

Why do you think people should learn music?

Firstly to gain skills in music, to handle your vocals. I used to think I could sing before Disan trained me and taught me how to really use my voice!

For me, whenever I sing something I love, I have no stress. It brings happiness to my life. When I am singing I am not worrying about anything.

Music is also a way for to gain exposure, where you can create a space to share positive messages with the world.

The sense of belonging to a group, to a community is a huge positive to learning music. The musical community is a powerful one. It has taken care of all of us LMF staff at one point or another. To know other local bands, other kids with guitars or music skills, you know you have a connection, a friendship.

What do you wish people knew about Uganda?

We are so hospitable. We will always give you shelter, something to eat and hang out with you. We love to spend time with new people. 

We have fresh air, and green landscapes, food grows year round and is always healthy! I don’t think people know this.

Who is your hero?

Troy Peden (founder of GoAbroad.com). He supported me through university and changed my life. Troy and Elsa came to meet the band in 2016, and they decided to create the Living Music Foundation on this trip.

The LMF Team with Elsa and Troy of Go Abroad Foundation

What makes you laugh the most?

Watching my friends dancing is when I am always laughing and smiling… We have fun together

What would be your perfect day?

I am a Christian and also love adventure. I would LOVE to wake up in Israel, and explore all the incredible history and the culture. My perfect day would be to spend a day exploring all the holy sites. To see where Jesus was born, all of these sites.

What would be your perfect meal?

I have actually never tasted Pizza! If I could try pizza that would be so great it looks like people enjoy it so much. 

If you could have lunch with ANYONE in the world who would it be?

My mother. She is everything to me. She loves me so much and I couldn’t choose anyone over her. She has worked so hard to keep me and my siblings in school. I will always choose her.

If you were an animal what would you be?

A cow…. They are calm and healthy. They produce good things that sustain life.

Thanks for reading our quick fire interview with Patience!