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Music in Dementia Assessment Scales

MiDAS is a tool developed by researchers in order to measure observable musical engagement of persons with moderate or advanced dementia who may have limited verbal skills to directly communicate their musical experiences. MiDAS forms are completed by both a music therapist and a staff member who provides daily care to the person on the day of music therapy. This allows us to evaluate whether the changes observed during music therapy sessions are also observable by staff members who were not in the music therapy session but had direct contact with the person on the day.