Our Participatory Music Groups
We are offering participatory music groups for people with dementia, joint-facilitated by musician John Phillips and artist Emma Ainsley lasting 1 1/2 hours, for up to 20 participants. These are open door groups, allowing participants to choose their level of engagement - enabling people, for instance, to wander in and out of the sessions or take a more peripheral observer role if they want. Or, of course, to grab an instrument or a scarf and join right in.
We have a wide range of instruments and percussion to suit all abilities, so everyone can join-in, and instruments can be adapted to enable access - for instance for people with poor grip or low strength. We tune all the melodic instruments to the pentatonic scale, ensuring that the group make a harmonious sound together.
These are experience-focused group sessions, all about creating live music together in the moment. They offer a rich sensory experience - with colourful gently moving lights and with Emma leading movement and dance with colourful silk scarves, to add to the beautiful music we will all be making together.