Music

May 11, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 19

Tambourine round

There is nothing like a tambourine round to focus a group of people and bring their attention into the here and now. It is suitable for everyone and can be repeated and practised for as long as the participants are enjoying it.

Credit: Manchester Camerata: Music in Mind.

May 4, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 18

Superhero sounds

This activity invites participants to design their own superhero characters, then create a percussive sound effect or rhythm to go with their superpower. The sounds can then be added to a live narrative or individually recorded and added to a podcast, for example.

Credit: Andrea Vogler. Developed in partnership with Made by Mortals, who are part funded by Action Together, in partnership with Hearts and Minds Theatre Company.

January 12, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 2

Musical identities

This activity is an ideal way for facilitators and participants to find out about each other, sharing their identities and stories through music as well as being introduced to, and discovering new music.

Credit: The Orders of St John Care Trust, Monkscroft Care Centre: Sarah Davis and Beata McLean, Developed in partnership with Live Music Now: Douglas Noble and Julia Turner

May 22, 2019

A Choir in Every Care Home

Live Music Now

Launched in May 2015, A Choir in Every Care Home is an initiative to explore how music and singing can feature regularly in care homes across the country.

The Toolkit for Care Homes, aimed at care homes and musicians, provides practical tips and advice on how to bring music into the lives of care home residents.

Watch 5 videos made by Live Music Now on how to lead a music session.

Tutorial on how to lead singing sessions for older people

September 9, 2019

Boogie Mites

Find out more about Boogie Mite’s Intergenerational Music initiative : Sharing Music to Boost Well-being and Community Cohesion.

Boogie Mites have conducted an evaluation measuring community cohesion in two care homes and a day centre in Portsmouth. These settings care for older people and have been visited by children aged 10 months – 4 years, either from a Nursery School setting or with parents old on a weekly basis, for Intergenerational music sessions.

May 22, 2019

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE, NAPA

Written in association with NAPA, the SCIE website has a dedicated page aimed at encouraging participation in the arts for people living in care homes.

Packed full of information about a wide range of arts activities including creative writing, visual arts, dance, using puppets, sculpture, music, pottery, digital arts, gardening and everyday creativity.