Music is a language that is understood across all culturally created boundaries. Music has had the ability to lift spirits, lessen pain, and unite the worst of enemies. The MUSE program unites musicians from the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the elderly in residential facilities in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties in Maine . MUSE further provides the opportunity for local youth to participate in these events through their schools and other programs. These events help breakdown the boundaries between the ages, dispel the myths of aging, teach the wonders of music, and most of all provide an unforgettably wonderful time!
Music has a powerful influence on the human mind and body. Live music can evoke feelings of pleasure, reduce stress, and lessen feelings of isolation. For too long elders have been segregated into isolated, self-contained homes and pushed out of the main stream of society. New ways to integrate young and old are needed to reestablish continuity and connectedness to our communities. For some who are unable to leave their residences to participate in community life, this program will provide an opportunity to not only enjoy a cultural event, but also have the experience enriched by sharing it with young people. Conversely, students will benefit from the intellectual and emotional development provided by arts education and the opportunity to have meaningful shared experiences with elders.