Dementia - Music in Mind

Manchester Camerata practitioners have been working alongside qualified Music Therapists since 2012 to deliver pioneering group music therapy sessions for people living with Dementia and their carers. A growing base of academic research shows that the projects improve quality of life, enhance relationships with others, and reduce the use of medication.

 BBC: Manchester Camerata provide music therapy for dementia patients


RPS Music Award Shortlisted

Manchester Camerata’s dementia project Music in Mind has been shortlisted for the RPS Music Award for Learning & Participation. Find out more here
The RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK.

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Dementia - Music in Mind

Our Music in Mind Dementia project has expanded since the pilot in 2012. By 2018, we will scale up the programme from 200 to 3,000 people.  Our musicians uniquely work as co-facilitators alongside music therapists, using improvisation to enable self expression and strip away the dementia to reveal the person behind the illness. As a research-led project Music in Mind's pioneering approach is continually generating ideas for further projects into dementia with little research.

Watch the report on BBC North West Tonight
Read about our work in the Guardian

World First Research
In association with partners at the University of Manchester and Lancaster University, we have appointed a Camerata PhD student to conduct ground-breaking research into an 'in the moment' multi-sensory assessment tool. This 3-year ESRC CASE funded study will create the first assessment tool of its type in the world, and will be built first and foremost from the musicianship of Camerata as it transforms the lives of people living with Dementia.

Younger People with Dementia
From March to June 2015, we will be working at the Young Onset Dementia Service in Manchester and with Social Adventures at the Garden Needs Community and Wellbeing Centre in Salford, delivering music sessions for residents and people in the community living with early onset Dementia. This project will be based on the theme of place, and will use the area they live in as inspiration for the creation of a new piece of music based on their locality and identity.

Reducing Anti-Psychotic Medication
From October 2014 to May 2015, we will be working with a group of people with Dementia in Tameside, looking at reducing or preventing the use of anti-psychotic medication. This project will be delivered in association with The Alzheimer’s Society and will be evaluated by New Economy.

Further Reading
Partnership with Care UK to deliver Music in Mind in Crewe May-July 2014, featured on BBC North West Tonight.
New Economy Evaluation report: Music in Mind, Greater Manchester 2013
Coventry University Evaluation report: Music in Mind pilot, North Manchester 2012

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