Live music on the keyboard supports quieter voices, adds harmony and fullness of sound, and helps any Singing for Wellbeing session go with a swing. Live accompaniment means the repertoire can be extended from popular music to jazz standards and favourite classics.
Improvising music to accompany voice and body warm-ups can lift mood, create atmosphere, and is responsive to people in the moment.
People with dementia often respond physically and emotionally to music even in later stages, making it accessible for all to participate. Whether by singing, movement or eyes lighting up in recognition, for some it is an opening into the world.
Rhythm is fundamental to life, from our heartbeat to our sleep patterns. We are all familiar with the power of music to get our toes or fingers tapping spontaneously. Singing for Wellbeing encourages participants’ sense of rhythm through clapping and playing percussion, which strengthens skills to coordinate body, eyes and ears. We have many percussion instruments to suit different abilities.
Through music, Singing for Wellbeing can help your loved ones experience a richer and more involved life.
‘It was very, very enjoyable.
The people who performed were marvellous.
I’d like to come every time they come.’
Pat, resident Penlee Care Home. Singing for Wellbeing session. 2012.