Movement to Music
Music and Movement for older adults
Our Movement to Music sessions focus on fun, well-being & building a sense of community.
The class consists of chair based movement to music, catering for the needs of older adults. We offer a mixed routine of simple exercise to a varied programme of contemporary and traditional music each time, to keep it engaging. Movement to Music sessions include a gentle warm-up, a simplified social dance step, with music from the 1960s,70s, and 80s, and movement activities are all done seated.
In these classes, there is no “wrong” way to participate, and there are no routines to remember. It’s a simple and fun way to keep fit for older adults. Why not come along and enjoy the experience!
Choir/Songs from the Memory Café
Sing a long to the songs from the Memory Café with Frances and Anne at the piano, on Fridays – every other week, from 2 to 3:00 p.m.
Songs of Praise
Once a month on Tuesdays we offer a traditional period of Christian worship in the Centre followed by Holy Communion. Ministers from the neighbouring Anglican, Baptist and Methodist Churches take it in turn to lead the sessions which consist of an opportunity to sing inspiring hymns and songs of worship together, followed by a time of reflection and an uplifting message. These sessions are open to everyone from the local community as well as our day Centre users. All are most welcome.
Daycare Music Therapy
Held weekly by Melanie Garside (BSc Hons, MA), Psychodynamic Music Therapist
Melanie is a skilled and intuitive musician who has undergone a professional Masters training in music therapy at Roehampton University in London. Melanie works as an outreach and community Music Therapist in and around the greater London area, both independently and on behalf of Richmond Music Trust. Melanie has experience working with a diverse and varied client base and specialises in working with elderly adults and elderly adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities and dementia.
Music therapy used the inherent restorative and healing qualities of music as a means of bringing about positive change through interaction, emotional communication and self-expression within the safe structure of a therapeutic relationship,
In the sessions, group members will be invited to choose from and play a selection of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. The music therapy will combine the use of musical improvisation with the playing and singing of ‘known’ songs and familiar melodies. This enables the members of the group to experience the therapy with the comfort of recognition and something familiar and tangible to ‘hang onto’ during the sessions. Often group sessions can include reflective dialogue and the sharing of feelings, during which arising emotional themes can be explored.
A shared experience
Music making in this way with others is a social activity that involves sharing, listening and communication. In therapy, these skills can be developed and built upon with other group members. In this way, attendees can develop a greater awareness of themselves and how they relate to others in their daily lives. This can improve both self-esteem and confidence in the ability to form relationships with others outside of therapy. It also provides them with positive ways of making their needs known.
A chance for transformation and positive change
Music therapy can play a key role in developmental work degenerative mental illness such as dementia. Involvement in creative music making can improve attention, memory and concentration as well as building clients’ self-acceptance and awareness.
This session is for daycare users.