Music for Positive Aging: Dean Quick presents music therapy discussion and demonstration

  • Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Dean Quick with his wife, Caroline, at the Rufty-Holmes event.
Dean Quick with his wife, Caroline, at the Rufty-Holmes event.

SALISBURY — Dean Quick, a board certified music therapist, recently presented a unique music therapy discussion and demonstration at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.

He began by saying “Do as I do.”


As the audience listened to music, they rubbed hands together then clapped on a certain beat.

After getting their attention with the activity, Dean explained that music as therapy started after the wars when doctors noticed that patients who listened to music recovered faster.

Quick, who is proficient in the use of piano, guitar and most percussive instruments, presented an array of instruments to involve members of the audience.

Among the instruments played were maracas, shakers, a cow bell, spoons, an ocean drum, tube drums, djembe drums, xylophone, sticks and other wooden instruments.

At one point, about half of the audience was making harmonious melodies.

Participants got to see firsthand how beating a drum can improve range of motion and hand to eye coordination.

Quick told them one doesn’t have to be musically inclined to receive the benefits of music.

Quick is the full time Music Therapist at The Pines in Davidson and owns his own business, Creative Therapy in Salisbury, were he resides.

He ended the presentation playing his guitar and engaging the audience with familiar songs.

Music for Positive Aging was the third in a series of special lectures to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. 

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