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?
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.
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.
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.