From 2015-17, we surveyed the many creative ways that older people engage with music, and explored why the majority of care homes do not regularly offer this opportunity. We found a wealth of evidence supporting the use of music for older people, particularly for those living with dementia. However, we also found there was limited evidence available about how music programmes can impact on a whole care home.
New fortnightly reminiscence and music workshops for people living with dementia in Redditch, Kidderminster and Evesham using handling objects from Museums Worcestershire's collection from the 40's, 50's and 60's. Also sing along to familiar songs and listen to music from professional musicians from the 40's to today.
Artsworks' funding enabled us to develop two pieces of professional development for artists engaged, or wishing to become engaged, in participatory arts practice with older people: 1. Sharing Practice – a facilitated ‘reflective learning’ group for experienced older people’s arts practitioners, taking co-mentoring as a core facilitative process 2. Older and Wiser – a one day conference style event for emerging older people’s arts practitioners
EMERGING COMPANY PROGRAMMING PROFESSIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA NEEDS MORE VENUES London based Songhaven gives people living with dementia (and their carers and companions) the dignity of high-calibre professional music concerts. It prides itself on its warm and relaxed atmosphere where audience members are welcome to sing along and move to the music. Its post-concert afternoon teas provide an opportunity for conversation - performers mingle with audience members and it always takes note of song requests for future programmes.
BBC Music Memories is a website designed to use music to help people with dementia reconnect with their most powerful memories. Evidence shows that music can help people with dementia to feel and live better.
We are hiring a project coordinator to enable the smooth running of Magic Me’s Schools and Community programme, providing administrative and practical support for artists, staff, volunteers and project participants. The post-holder will work across Magic Me’s School and Community programme.
The University of Derby's Creative Ageing Research Cluster is delighted to launch their seminar series 18/19 programme. All seminars are FREE to attend and open to all, but booking is essential through eventbrite.
We’re looking to recruit enthusiastic volunteers to support a team of musicians and dance artists within three care homes in Leeds. The sessions will run once a week and will range from one-to-ones for individuals who may be room-bound, small groups to larger groups. The sessions will explore the impact of touch and measure how creativity can reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst care residents living with Dementia.
Performance | Stories | Music | Dance | Life This Summer we invited 50 older people to accompany us on a bus ride. We had conversations, listened to their stories, got to know them a bit and shared a nice cup of tea. From their stories we created a theatre performance. From Seacroft to Hawksworth Wood From Holbeck to Chapel Allerton From Chapeltown to Beeston And Everywhere in between. Moments of life as live by older people across Leeds
We are seeking a positive and pro-active Performing Arts Assistant to provide support to the Arts Participation Manager and assist with the delivery of our performing arts programme and participatory workshops at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital. For more information about the role please visit: www.cwplus.org.uk/about-us/work-with-us/
Article written about the Elevate participatory arts programme at Salisbury District Hospital
Repertoire is a key ingredient necessary for the provision of musical interaction. During this session, we will explore the common repertoire of songs that ‘everyone knows’ along with some more interactive songs that allow for the improvised celebration of music-makers. Participants will leave with more confidence to lead sessions and deeper understanding of how to create rapport with the people they support.
A conference examining the benefits of singing to physical health Thursday 7 June 2018 10.00am - 4.00pm
Join Trinity Laban and its partners for a day of engaging arts activity, created especially for people aged 60 and over as part of London Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2018.
This is a part-time administrative role supporting the busy and vibrant Creative Programme across the three venues which last year included 430 shows.
The symptoms of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people with dementia could significantly improve by listening to and playing music, according to a report. The study, which compiled existing evidence as well as talking to experts, found music can help people with dementia recall information and reduce symptoms such as anxiety, agitation and aggression.
‘Early-Mid Stage Dementia Training for Art Practitioners’ on Wednesday 21st February 2018, 9.30am-4pm at Edith Cavell Building, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, NR4 7TJ. This session provides an introduction to dementia, explores effective ways of reducing challenges faced by professionals and carers and how best to involve people in creative activities. Price to attend is £40 To book, please email email@example.com or call 01953 713390 for more information. Please note spaces are limited. For more details, please see the attached flyer
The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making (CPMM), is a unique one-year distance learning programme developed by Trinity Laban, in partnership with the Open University.
Created Out of Mind's work on music and dementia featured across a weekend of live performances and discussions produced by BBC Radio 3 in partnership with Wellcome Collection. It's great collection of programmes which you can listen thanks to the wonders of the internet.
An Expert Seminar: Music and Dementia Monday 20th November, 10am-5pm Wellcome Trust London NW1 2BE This FREE event will be of huge interest to anyone involved or interested in working with people with dementia using music. The event represents an unmissable opportunity to engage with and learn from some of the UK's leading academics, researchers and musicians. Speakers include: Dr Ming Hung Hsu, MHA Professor Seb Crutch, UCL Douglas Noble, Live Music Now Dr Clare Garabedian, University of Worcester Julian West, Music for Life Helen Odell-Miller, Anglia Ruskin University Charlotte Cunningham, Turtle Key Arts Please book your place here: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/h3daHyB6IpwbNXR
This well-established 6-day training developed by Dr. Rod Paton at the University of Chichester has now been running for ten years. Trainees have included community musicians, counsellors, therapists, teachers, health care workers, social workers artists, dancers and managers. It is suitable for anyone whatever your level of musical training. The training will equip you to use the Lifemusic Method within your workplace or as a self-standing creative and musical healing practice.
A Choir in Every Care Home is an ambitious initiative to explore how music and singing can feature regularly in care homes across the country. The website has a Tookit for Care Homes, one for Musicians and a helpful Resource section,
PRESS PLAY: KICKSTART YOUR CAREER IN PARTICIPATORY MUSIC Thinking about the next steps after you complete your music studies? Starting out and looking for some guidance?
Udita Everett runs six well attended therapeutic Sing For Better Health groups per week, across Brighton & Hove. They are for older people – or anybody any age, with a long-term health problem. Many of members live on their own - the singing groups become a lifeline to them, where they form friendships; one of the main aims is to get older people out of isolation.
LMN selects and trains the most talented musicians emerging into the music profession, choosing those that demonstrate the potential to engage participants in a meaningful way. During their 4-6 years on the scheme, we enhance these skills, equipping them to deliver interactive performances and workshops focused on the needs and enjoyment of the participants.
Mary Ann Marmont has lived with dementia for a decade. She astounds Jeremy with a performance of an old Italian song her mother used to sing, demonstrating how music can help those living with dementia to cope with the condition and trigger happy memories. Release date: 24 May 2017
The ‘Keep Singing, Keepsake Project’ (KKP) worked with older people in residential and community settings via a weekly group singing session. It aimed to strengthen social ties, reduce loneliness, improve emotional wellbeing for participants and promoting intergenerational performance. Following a literature review, focus group, two case studies and 19 interviews, researchers felt they met their aim. KKP helped participants to relax, breathe better and in some cases provides respite from serious illness.
The Singing for Well-being toolkit was developed following feedback from clients and care staff from previous singing projects that described the benefits of singing with their elderly clients, especially those with dementia.
Part of a series, this guide offers help and ideas for setting up and running a singing group for people with Parkinson’s.
Part of a series, this guide offers help and ideas for setting up and running a singing group for people suffering with dementia.
The aim of this series is to offer guidance on setting up and running singing groups for people with a range of enduring health issues.
The first NAMIH conference is to be held at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. The conference will be held on Monday July 10th, 11AM - 6PM. The Task and Finish group is working hard on putting together the programme.
As part of an Inquiry into the role of the arts in health and social care, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) is seeking examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes.
Research Project Bridging Applied Ethnomusicology, Service Learning, Creative Aging, and Experiential Ethnography through Film
The Teaching Musician is a flexible and vocational programme designed for experienced music educators. It offers a high quality professional development opportunity, leading to a suite of postgraduate qualifications, whilst being flexible to fit around your working life.
Live Music Now was founded 40 years ago by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker CBE in 1977. During that time, we have given over 70,000 interactive music sessions throughout the UK, reaching over 2.5 million people. LMN’s specialist musicians have witnessed remarkable scenes as children, older people and hospital patients have been affected by their music. There is a greater need than ever before for LMN’s work. Throughout the country, there are increasing numbers of older people living with dementia or being affected by loneliness - whether they are living independently, in care homes or in hospital. There are also great challenges faced by children with special educational needs and their families. However, there is growing recognition amongst academics and leaders in the care and education sectors that music programmes can provide measurable clinical and social benefits, whilst also providing great joy for those hardest to reach.
The Befrienders, an older people's singing and social group and Trinity Laban vocal students present a feel good musical celebration of Spring time.
A series of eight free and inspirational workshops of music, singing and dancing with Maz O’Connor (guitar, voice and shruti) and Ruairi Glasheen (percussion) for people with Early Stage Dementia and their loved ones.
Calling all friends of Arts 4 Dementia for a programme of music in partnership with the Angel Community Canal Boat Trust, guided by skipper John Checkley. Opera singers, including noted mezzo-soprano Vivien Conacher, will re-energise and inspire individuals, carers, families and friends living with early stage dementia within the community, singing opera choruses as the boat rises and drops in the lock.
The £1m grant has been awarded to a project at the Centre for Performance Science, a cross-institutional partnership between the Royal College of Music (RCM) and Imperial College London, and will allow the team to explore the impact of the arts and culture from individual, social, and economic perspectives.
Speculation about the seemingly magical connection between longevity and classical music abounds. Is it the intelligence associated with this level of creativity? In a study of over 49,000 creative types, Anisimov and Zharinov (2013), write that “persons who listen to classic music have more chance to live longer”. They attribute this to the intriguing and persistent findings surrounding the cognitive capabilities of classic musicians.
This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by a Dementia Pathfinders trainer Olivia McLennan, with dementia friendly performance guidance from Nicky Taylor of West Yorkshire Playhouse and arts workshop guidance for dementia from Veronica Franklin Gould A4D founder and director of the REAWAKENING - Living Well with Dementia in Dorset 2017 programme. There will be opportunities for sharing practice and ideas.
This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by a Dementia Pathfinders trainer Olivia McLennan, with dementia friendly arts venue and arts workshop guidance for dementia from Veronica Franklin Gould A4D founder and director of the Reawakening - Living Well with Dementia in Dorset 2017 programme. There will be opportunities for sharing practice and ideas.
Investigating the benefits of singing for people with dementia.
Together with our working group members, our investigation into singing in care homes has created and amassed a large amount of material. We have distilled our learnings from this material into these 10 Headlines.
Research on benefits of singing for older people. The Sidney De Haan centre has conducted large scale surveys of choral singers and the world’s first randomised control trial for singing and older people alongside other research related to the benefits of singing.
At the first session with the patients, none of us, not even the therapists, really knew what we were doing or what was going to happen. I was very nervous. The instruments looked like the ones we had used at school and I was worried that it would be a bit demeaning. But by the end of the session, we’d structured this incredible piece of music and that suddenly made me realise what this could potentially do.
Arts 4 Dementia offers challenging arts programmes for people in the early stages of dementia as well as providing a website that lists arts events across the country and training facilitators in early stage dementia awareness. A4D focuses on what people can achieve, often very much more than they imagine as our recent workshop series at St Mary The Boltons church shows.
What is the resulting exchange when artists of different ages, perspectives and places in their artistic journey collide? Trinity Laban music and dance students and Voices in Motion, one of Trinity Laban's creative groups for older adults in Lewisham, explore the theme of artistic identity across generations in a free interactive workshop and reflective event at Tate Modern’s Tate Exchange.
A personal account of the 2016 Art of Good Health and Wellbeing conference in Sydney by Evan Dawson, Executive Director of Live Music Now
This video from Bolton Dementia Support shows how you can do much for people with dementia without it costing a fortune.
The Trustees of The Concertina Charitable Trust have granted funds to over 300 charitable organisations in England and Wales.
When the musician Hannah Peel began to lose her gran to dementia, she fought back – with song. The results were so overwhelming, they grew into a vast musical exploration.
It has been shown that participating in arts activities is extremely beneficial for older people with dementia, improving such things as communication, memory, enjoyment of life and creative thinking. Read the Baring Report for more details.
Canadian psychologists from McGill niversity have shown that the neurochemical benefits of music can boost the body’s immune system, reduce anxiety, and help regulate mood.
A systematic review has shown that music and singing activities can enhance and maintain subjective wellbeing in healthy adults. He research by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing demonstrates a range of positive impacts on wellbeing on different groups of adults.
A robust set of research suggests that participatory arts activities are effective mechanisms for increasing the health and quality of life of aging individuals.
Research from Finland has shown that listening to music in the early stages after a stroke can improve a patient's recovery, speeding recovery of memory and attention skills, and generating a more positive general frame of mind.
Over 200 participants over the age of 60 took part. Half were allocated to one of five singing groups, meeting weekly over a period of twelve weeks. The other half acted as a control group.
The film shows the importance of music for older people. It portrays a social worker, Dan Cohen, in his quest to give older people access to their favourite music. The film won the 2014 Sundance Documentary Audience Award.
Oxford Concert Party recently completed an intergeneration cross-arts project with the aim to engage in music, poetry and storytelling with two professional musicians and a poet/storyteller, inspired by objects in the Ashmoleum Museum
A postgraduate professional development programme for music educators delivered by Trinity Laban. New Master Of Arts Degree, Plus Our PG Certificate And PG Diploma.
An European creative music and dance partnership with older people working with a composer and musicians to compose music on the theme of connections.
Understanding the experience of group singing for couples where one partner has a diagnosis of dementia
The Ryedale Songs & Scones programme provides isolated older with a monthlyinformal performance by Live Music Now followed by a time to socialise over tea and cake.
Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly have released a training resource that supports staff and carers in organising and leading music sessions for elderly clients.
Live Music Now is a UK-wide initiative supporting musicians delivering thousands of interactive music programmes in care homes and hospitals, and a range of community and healthcare settings. It also works in special schools, where music can make a huge difference to the lives of children and their families.