Music and Dementia
Meaningful moments of connection, a conversation without words.
Manchester Camerata has been delivering its award-winning Music in Mind programme for people with dementia and their carers since 2012.
ITV, BBC News & The Guardian covers our Music Café at The Monastery.
Our free weekly Music Café from our home in Gorton has been receiving some great press!Find out more >
Music In Mind International – Taiwan
During Dementia Action Week we trained 35 participants from Taipei City Hospital, The National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, plus musicians and students from Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, as part of our first-ever international online Music in Mind training courseFind out more >
A Care Worker’s Story
Hear Lynda talk about the life-changing impact our Music In Mind programme is having on people living with dementia, and how we have been providing training and support to carers across the North West to continue this vital work.Find out more >
Research at the heart of what we do – an interview with Dr. Robyn Dowlen.
Academic research is a vital part of Music in Mind. We caught up with Dr. Robyn Dowlen to discuss her recent studentship with us, The University of Manchester, Lancaster University and the Economic and Social Research Council.Find out more >
‘The music project helping people with dementia find their voice during lockdown’ read some fantastic coverage of our Music In Mind work in this article by The Guardian.Watch Now >
Music in Mind activities included in The Baring Foundation’s ‘Treasury of Arts Activities for Older People’
We are delighted to have two of our Music in Mind activities included in this years edition of ‘Treasury of Arts Activities for Older People’.Find out more >
Led by our resident team of highly trained, specialist musicians and therapists, Music in Mind’s unique methodology uses improvisation to help people living with dementia to express themselves and communicate with others. These sessions help reduce frustration, enable new connections to be made and have a profound effect on daily life.
Life with Dementia
“David didn’t get involved in much. He found others to be very intimidating and they made him nervous. He mainly kept himself to himself and would get very agitated: he would shout, cry, and sometimes try to hit other residents. He was isolated.”
Life with Music Therapy
“The Music in Mind sessions have helped David channel his negativity into music. He will now sit with other residents and doesn’t get as agitated with them. He will happily get involved in all our musical activities and will even get up and have a dance with you. He has also started to build up the trust with me [his carer].
“This has had an amazing result both on him and other residents and taught them how to communicate with each other through music.”
Support for our Carers
As well as leading sessions, we also train and support care workers to deliver Music in Mind workshops. This creates a legacy that continues to embed itself in everyday care home life.
During Covid-19, we built an online platform to enable remote delivery of this vital care – Music in Mind Remote. Starting with people across Greater Manchester, Music in Mind Remote gained national press coverage in The Guardian and we have also delivered online sessions via this platform in Taiwan.
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