MUSIC FOR YOUR WELL-BEING
Whether you have enjoyed music all your life,
or would like to start playing or singing now,
our music sessions can enhance your quality of life.
MUSIC TO PROMOTE
Music can play an important part in our lives, helping to motivate
or calm, evoke memories and create social well-being.
We believe that music is good for the soul and that it is never too late to have a great time playing or singing favourite tunes.
Creating Musical Participation encourages you to play or sing from music or by ear, keeping your mind and body active.
Group singing sessions are sometimes tailored for those living with Dementia and /or Parkinson's as each can require similar as well as quite different approaches and activities.
Currently we have 2 weekly Sing To Beat Parkinson's groups running - in Dorchester and Blandford. These sessions are also suitable for people living with other conditions such as MS or recovering after a stroke.
In Wimborne we have a general singing group at the Allendale Centre where everyone is welcome, no prior experience necessary, but we also welcome those who have sung in groups before too.
Sessions cost £6. Each week the songs are chosen to link with a theme such as Musical Theatre, Pop Music of the 70s and 80s or the Weather, Places or Feeling Good. .
With thanks to the Leonardo Trust we are offering a free Sing Together activity for carers in the Dorset area. These sessions are held in Broadstone on the first Monday of each month.
Click here for more information about these groups
Sessions can also be arranged in your own home and personalised to suit individual musical tastes and meet particular needs.
MUSIC CAN MAKE
Playing a musical instrument can really help to improve mental health.
Our sessions will help you to learn pieces that you want to play or sing.
Taking part in an activity in the comfort of your own home or meeting
others to enjoy music together can help to re-build confidence and motivation.
Referrals are accepted from Social Work Teams, GPs, Community Based Teams as well as individual and self-referrals.
1:1 MUSIC SESSIONS
Enjoy playing the piano / keyboard
Perhaps you have played the piano a long time ago and would love to be able to play again? With Caroline's 1:1 sessions you can choose the music that you play and enjoy making music together.
Maybe you would like a refresher on reading music, maybe you play by ear, or perhaps you played to quite an advanced level. You can choose to play some of your old favourites or tunes that you know, perhaps even some duets.
Encouraging you to take a lead in the choice of music you play, Caroline will guide you through some lovely sessions having fun and enjoying the experience of playing again.
For further information on the sessions click "Choosing your session" at the top of the page. Please use the contact form or send me a message on "Let's chat".
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO START PLAYING
An introduction to playing the piano /keyboard.
Your chance to take up a new skill and learn well-known melodies and read music.
Always wanted to play the piano / keyboard?
Well now you can do just that and keep those brain cells working well. Research says that reading music really helps with healthy ageing so now you can learn to play your favourite pieces and keep the brain healthy at the same time.
Starting with repeating patterns to get the co-ordination and finger dexterity going well, you will soon be playing well-known tunes.
For more information on the sessions, please follow
"Choosing Your Session" and the contact or Let's Chat form.
"The only thing better than singing is more singing" Ella Fitzgerald
Whether you have sung in choirs, operatic groups, or have favourite songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond, these sessions enable you to enjoy singing well-loved songs with Caroline playing the accompaniment for you.
You will be able to choose the music for each session and can sing from lyrics only, or there is an opportunity to explore a whole range of music from Sheet Music Plus
(a digital download service).
For more information about these sessions click "Choosing Your session" at the top of the page and please use the contact form or "Lets's chat".
YOUR OWN PLAYLIST
The music we listen to can really enhance our mood. Creating Musical Participation will help you to rediscover old favourites.
We love talking about music and the way it makes us feel; in our sessions we include time to talk about music that is special to you, or can help you at different times of the day.
Sharing a passion for music
Classically trained as a cellist at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Caroline's
career has encompassed a wide range of musical styles: from teaching 5-18 year-olds
to composing works for the large church choir she directed for over 20 years.
She loves to play the piano and especially enjoys accompanying as well as arranging well-known pieces for her groups.
Caroline has been researching the benefits of active music making; including the improvement of cognitive functions and healthy ageing; and this has led her to develop Creating Musical Participation.
Over recent months Caroline has been working with residents at a local care home, leading a variety of musical activities. She is a delivery partner for Singing for the Brain and has trained as an Associate of Sing to Beat Parkinson's.
Qualifications and Courses
Singing for the Brain - Delivery Partner
Sing to Beat Parkinson's - Associate Partner Sing To Beat Parkinson's
Safeguarding Adults Level 3- Health Education England
MA - Music Education
AGSM - Guildhall School of Music
PGCE - Secondary school music
Future Learn Courses University College London - Dementia and The Arts;
Dementia Care, Living Well; The Many Faces of Dementia; Medicine and The Arts;
Young People and their Mental Health;
Gwen learned the piano as a child and loves singing, having taken part in light operatic productions and choirs for most of her life. At 87 her active singing days are done and, after her daughter left home, she rarely played the piano.
Now living alone, Gwen enjoys singing some of her favourite songs with Caroline and reviving her piano skills with famous film themes, Gwen looks forward to the weekly sessions when, as well as playing and singing herself, Caroline often plays one of her favourite piano pieces and they listen together to other much-loved pieces.
Creating Musical Participation can run sessions online via Zoom whilst social distancing measures are in place.
Staff will use hand sanitisers and may wear a clear visor to protect both the client and themselves.
Even when social distancing measures return to a new normal, staff will practice good hygiene and keep a safe distance to reduce transmission of infection. At any point if a client feels vulnerable to infection and wishes to postpone a session they will be offered the possibility of continuing through Zoom online.