Cristina Meets Lauren
Cristina was interning at an EEG lab her junior year in college when she met Lauren Koff. Cristina had sent Lauren a message one day about some thesis ideas and the idea that stuck out to Lauren was the idea that had failed. At first, Cristina thought it was a little funny she wanted to do that as their thesis project, but after time it turned into one of the best decisions they could have made.
Cristina and Lauren started the venture that turned into Mind&Melody, Inc. in early 2014; since then both of their futures have dramatically changed. Cristina and Lauren were students at the Honors College of FAU in Jupiter when they began Mind&Melody, Inc. Here students are required to complete a senior thesis to graduate. Lauren and Cristina researched the effects of music on neurocognitive disorders, specifically dementia, and found incredible benefits and decided they wanted to design a thesis around that concept. After Lauren and Cristina were unable to carry it out as a thesis, due to the nature of the experiment, they decided to pursue it as a side project. The planning began in January 2014 and then they partnered with a center that focused on dementia care and began music sessions in August 2014. The joy Lauren and Cristina experienced first-hand over the eight month pilot program brought about by their music sessions was indescribable, click here for some highlights from the pilot program. Mind&Melody, Inc.’s music programs are interactive for all involved, not only do musicians perform music for participants, but they also teach individuals with and without neurological impairments how to create music themselves.