MCC Toronto - a movement, not an event

by Bev Foster

On Saturday November 10, 2012 close to 300 people gathered at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music to learn more about issues and themes in Music and Care. Watch what happened here:

Here’s what participants are saying about the day: SOME HIGHLIGHTS

  • I enjoyed the amazing connection felt with everyone when we were all singing together was a confirmation of how music connects us all and allows us to share, empathize and just be deeply present with others.
  • Being in a group of so many caring people!  Being inspired by the evidence of the transformative power of music in the presentations of the keynote speakers. Being excited that Music Care (the entire concept) aligns so well with the opportunities that are presenting themselves in my life and community.
  • I was inspired me to work towards building an iPod project at my nursing home. 
  • Having attended three Music Care Conferences now, I am impressed by the quality of the speakers and the musicians who perform/share their personal life stories also add a lot of value to the conference. 


  • The reminder that I need a backup plan in terms of music selection because we all react differently and what I might experience as power and soothing someone else might be angered by etc.
  • Sound and neuroscience. I am intrigued by the effect of music on the brain and would love to delve deeper into this topic and learn more about the actually changes in the brain due to musical vibrations, various instruments and how singing or chanting effects brain chemicals.
  • I was inspired to keep on and not give up. I had lost the passion for my work but the conference encouraged me and spurred me on to try new areas.
  • The key learning for me was the information on research being done in the area of sound frequency.
  • All the info & the video clips about Parkinson's & music were fascinating & very eye-opening.
  • How Adrian and Eric have been able to continue playing and learning music despite their disabilities.
  • My "key learning" was that there are many ways to musically care for people. There is no one way. The field is just opening up. The key ingredient is that people care deeply about bringing relief to those in need and they bring their musical interests and skills into that caring.

The Room 217 Foundation wishes to thank all participants for coming to MCC. A special thanks to host partner the University of Toronto Faculty of Music for their hospitality and collegiality. P.S. Stay tuned for news on more Music Care Conferences in the future. P.P.S  MCC Toronto survey will open until Friday November 23. Thanks for the helpful feedback – we value it greatly!