Beamz is a recreational music making product that enables anyone to experience making music by touching laser beams and “playing light”.
Music is a great contributor for improving overall quality of life. Just listening to music provides great benefits for engagement, socialization, brain fitness and memory care. Now introduce the Beamz and provide opportunities for seniors to interact with music, to make great sounding music and to combine the music making with movement. The benefits for overall well being and accelerating therapeutic outcomes are extraordinary given that the brain processes music using both hemispheres – and decades of medical research have confirmed that consistent, long-term participation in cognitive stimulation is associated with a significant reduced risk of dementia by more than 60 percent.
Beamz enables anyone of any age, ability or skill to experience making great sounding music. It’s simple to setup and to use – and doesn’t require the activities leader or care provider to have experience using traditional music instruments.
Use Beamz For Individual & Group Activities
Retirement & Active Living Communities
Assisted Living & Personal Care Communities
Memory Care Communities
Progressive/Continuum Care Communities
Adult Day Programs
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Home Care Therapy Services
Multi-Faceted Solution For Broad Professional Use
Music Therapy & Music Activities
User Profile: Educators, therapists and/or professionals leading activities; for use in schools, camps/daycare programs, health care and senior care
Interactive Songs: 50+ interactive songs; wide variation of genres and instruments throughout songs; ideal for professionals working with people of all ages and interests
Supported Operating Systems: iOS (iPad 3 or later, iPhone 4S or later, iPad Mini), MAC (OS 10.8 or later), PC (Win XP*/7/8)
*XP support only provided to Beamz Professional Edition users
Beamz Player & Beamz PC Studio Software: Included; Beamz Studio is an interactive music creation and editing software
Structured Activities: Includes downloadable Beamz Professional Sample Activities for using Beamz with students, patients and clients for learning, skill development and FUN. It comprises 13 activities: 6 activities for all settings, 2 lesson plan excerpts from the Lesson Plans For Life Skills Classrooms curriculum, 2 games from the Home and Family games collection created with The National Lekotek Center and 3 therapy protocol adaptations from the Beamz Therapy Guide created with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University.
Available Additional Songs – PC Users: visit www.beamzmusic.com to purchase additional songs
Available Additional Songs – iOS & MAC Users: click on the Beamz Store within the Beamz App to purchase directly within the application
Recreation Therapy, Occupational Therapy & General Therapy: Beamz Therapy Guide available; collection of 15 protocols for use with broad client populations from pediatrics to geriatrics to accomplish a wide range of cognitive, physical and social/emotional goals
Music Therapy: Beamz Music Therapy Protocols available; collection includes 5 “progressive” neuro based interventions and 2 “stand alone” protocols for general health and wellness
Special Education / Life Skills Development: Lesson Plans for Life Skills Classrooms available; provides educators and activity leaders a framework for using music making activities to teach life skills including understanding numeric patterns, developing language/communication skills, improving motor skills, connecting subjects and socialization. The book comprises 10 lesson plans and includes worksheets, assessments and handouts plus two additional Beamz interactive songs for use with specific lessons.
Beamz Laser Controller
Beamz Cross-Platform Player Software for Windows, Mac or iOS devices (iPad/iPhone)
50 interactive songs featuring a broad representation of music styles, genres and instruments – Song list
Activity Guide with sample activities for educators, therapists and professionals
Beamz Studio Software for editing and creating Beamz interactive songs (PC software)
Leisure activities and the risk of dementia in the elderly (2003)
Summary/Conclusion: Participation in cognitive activities was associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and mixed dementia. The study included subjects between ages 75 and 85 with no diagnosis of dementia; subjects who frequently participated in cognitively stimulating activities had a risk of dementia 63 percent lower than among subjects who participated less frequently. Lower levels of participation were also associated with higher levels of depression. Clinical and neuropsychological evaluations were conducted at baseline, with follow-up visits every 12 to 18 months; playing music was among the cognitive activities.
Participation in novelty-seeking leisure activities and Alzheimer’s disease (2005)
Summary/Conclusion: Greater participation in novelty-seeking and exchange of ideas activities across the life span was associated with decreased odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The study included subjects between the ages of 20 and 60 years. Novelty-seeking activities included getting new experiences, including interaction with music.
Education and Care; Recreational Activities; Music
Summary/Conclusion: Music has power – and can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease. When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements. Unfamiliar music can also be beneficial because it carries no memories or emotions; this may be the best choice when developing new responses.