Music in Mind

Our Music in Mind programme began in 2013 and is delivered by musicians from the orchestra alongside a music therapist. Workshop sessions are designed to be improvised, giving people with dementia the chance to communicate and interact with others through musical expression, particularly for participants with limited verbal skills and those in the latter stages of the illness.  Participants are encouraged to make their own creative decisions by choosing which instruments to play, when/ how to play them, and how their music fits in with the rest of the group. The Camerata Musicians work closely with participants to identify those activities that elicit the most positive responses and develop these, gradually drawing ideas from the participants to incorporate into the improvisations, developing activities and experiences that exist in the moment.  People with dementia can often be frustrated by their illness and therefore our programme focuses on increasing their personal dignity and empowerment, therefore helping to improve their quality of life.

 

The programme is currently being delivered in community centres, care homes, day care centres and hospitals across the North West. It is funded entirely by grants from charitable trusts and Public Health/ NHS. We are currently in the third year of a three-year funding agreement with the Henry Smith Charity to support our Music in Mind programme in Manchester and Salford.

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