Nate Drahn '16 is a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar,
After befriending a former opera singer who suffered from dementia, Nate
shared his talent and saw the impact of music on his friend's mind.
The experience inspired "Music for the Mind," an Odyssey project Nate
designed to explore the impact of music therapy and how to most effectively use
the piano, guitar and violin to connect with the residents at "The Aegis at
Callahan House" in Seattle, Wash., who suffer from some degree of dementia and
can no longer live alone.
Nate spent the summer as a volunteer, sharing his musical talents, playing
for the residents, and researching songs of eras familiar to the residents to
have the most resonance when performing.
"People can progress from utter confusion to incredible clarity within the
course of one song," he said. "You can see moments when the impact of music is
undeniable. And a moment is enough."
We pioneered engaged liberal arts and sciences education through the creation
of Your Hendrix Odyssey. Every Hendrix student completes at least three
hands-on learning experiences selected from six categories:
Your life's Odyssey starts here.