Community Music Practice: Working with People Living with Dementia

Saturday, 16 November 2019
10:00 AM – 04:00 PM
for participants
for carers

Awareness of the benefits of music for people living with dementia has grown rapidly in recent years, with research and anecdotal evidence demonstrating that active participation in music has a very positive effect on engagement and wellbeing. Work in this field can take place in residential settings such as care homes, in the community, and in healthcare settings. Music-making in these settings can include:

• familiar repertoire – helpful for reminiscence and creating a sense of safety
• improvisation – creating in the moment together, as a means of communication as well as promoting the equality of everyone involved
• musical activities such as singing rounds
• writing songs as a group
• exploring sounds and listening

This is a rewarding area of work, contributing to a culture where people can develop or rekindle musical skills, interests, and connections – even if for a short, but illuminating time. This work requires a sensitive, flexible, and reflective approach, which this workshop will introduce you to.

This course is ideal for you if you are:

• a musician who would like to develop your skills in this field
• a professional or family carer who would like to develop this skillset
• a music facilitator already practising in this or a related field
• a professional in a related field, eg Occupational Therapist, Psychologist
• interested in learning more about how interactive music-making benefits everyone

No formal skill level is required but to gain the most out of this workshop, we would expect you to feel confident in using either your instrument or your voice, in a range of ways, in the session.

Why Study this Course?

• Explore and develop skills relevant to community music practice
• Learn new techniques and approaches
• Develop approaches to monitoring
• Enhance your understanding of the role of the musician in these settings
• Explore and develop your own style of delivery

PLEASE NOTE: this course is being run by Goldsmiths University of London. Booking via Eventbrite:

Arts 4 Wellbeing Music

Contact details

Bela Emerson


Event address

Goldsmiths University of London
London SE14 6NW, UK

Transport options: Buses, Underground, Rail