Testimonials from previous training days:
“Wonderful delivery ideas and some brilliant contacts and resources”
“[The best part of the day was] the practical activities especially the improv parts that created laughter and showed the potential for groups”
“Liv and Kevin are wonderful facilitators, flexible, highly skilled, aware, inspiring!”
Working musically alongside people with dementia
Building on the success of our pre-pandemic training days, Sounds Better have launched a newly developed and expanded training course in Working Musically Alongside People with Dementia.
Taking place face to face over 4 days in the Salisbury area from March – September 2023 the course will take you from an introductory level to more advanced skills and ideas, including planning and reflecting models. You will be able to implement activities and ideas immediately, developing over time, working with a group of people with dementia, and connecting with others in the field.
The remaining dates, themes and learning outcomes for the course are:
‘Planning and Reflecting’ – July 11th
- consider various models and processes of planning and reflection • develop area(s) of your practice
- receive peer feedback and support in your practice
- connect with people working in the field of music and dementia
‘Connecting’ – September 26th
- devise, plan and deliver musical and creative activities with people with dementia at our Downton Downtime hub
- reflect with others on the live session
- consider your next steps in this work
- gain the necessary skills to work musically alongside people living with dementia
- connect with others in the field of music and dementia
Creative ideas for online music making
In response to the pandemic, we moved our projects fully online until September 2021. In March 2021, we shared our learning through 2 open training sessions and one commission through Wiltshire Music Connect.
We currently deliver hybrid online and ‘in the room’ sessions for singing for lung health and adults with learning disabilities, and can be commissioned to offer support and advice in how to do this effectively.
We work in London and the South with people with long term health conditions, people with learning disabilities and intergenerationally. Find out more about our past and current projects here.
We are all community music practitioners alongside running Sounds Better CIC, so understand the training needs, the challenges, and the techniques that are most effective in the room better than anyone.
Depending on the role, we can offer training in facilitation, experience in working with people with long term health conditions and learning disability and a way to connect with your local community more.