Music at Collington

Did You Know that Music can be Considered Medicine for the Mind?


Music has been shown to have positive effects on a person’s well-being. It can reduce stress and anxiety, prevent rising blood pressure, and decrease the experience of pain. These health benefits are even greater in seniors, from improving physical health to helping those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Listening to or playing music can greatly improve seniors’ quality of life, and that’s exactly what the partnership between Collington and the University of Maryland College of Music aims to do.

Now in its fifth year, the Artists-in-Residence program has brought us Dylan Rye and Jeannette-Marie Lewis, both of who are pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. The pair have enjoyed performing for the residents, and have several plans while at Collington. From educational programming to recitals, they are also learning more about the residents and including them in performing.

“It’s really rare as performers that you walk into a performance knowing that whatever you decide to play, the audience is going to enjoy it,” Lewis said. “It’s a great place to experiment.”

Collington Artists in Residence

The University of Maryland School of Music and Collington AIR (Artists in Residence) is a collaborative program created between the University of Maryland School of Music and Collington Continuing Care Retirement Community in Mitchellville, Maryland. It is a model for intergenerational living that places two UMD music students at Collington to live alongside the residents each year. The program has been nationally recognized and featured on several news publications both locally and nationally.

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