A Choir in every Care Home
Musicaliti is proud to offer “a choir in every care home”, a national initiative from Sound Sense, the voice of community music. From September 2017, Musicaliti has offered local care homes and residential homes the opportunity to join in a musical session. With more information for care and residential homes, we hope to develop a fantastic musical opportunity for the growing older community in Bolton.
Singing has been shown to be beneficial in many ways. From helping to reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety to returning confidence and providing meaning, music is a powerful prescription that has no negative side-effects. It brings people together, allowing them to share favourite songs, helping concentration, relaxation and communication. It helps us to remember the good times, forget the negative times, and distract us from pain and discomfort. More than anything, music touches all of us.
We use the same instruments as our children sessions. This familiarity helps to develop camaraderie and the feeling of contributing to the group experience.
- Warm ups are helpful, reminding us to breathe deeply, exercising tight joints and preparing us to have some fun!
- Percussion instruments can be played simply or complex, from tapping the beat, to syncopating rhythms!
- Rounds are great opportunities to exercise the brain while having fun, singing different parts at different times!
- Life songs can include war songs, but more often than not, cover a range of musical styles and phases, too!
- Taught songs are useful for all ages, taught by ear with lyric sheets, and may even be familiar to some!
Musicaliti Older People is the perfect opportunity to explore the possibility of a performing care home or residential home choir or ukulele orchestra, depending on the ages and stages of the group.
Try one of our sessions to see the difference!
We love MUSIC!
Said at a baby session for 0-2 year olds
“This is the only session where he will stop and join in”
“This is the first time she crawled”
“This is where he started singing”
“He’s started holding his ukulele just like you hold your guitar”
“She’s memorised the words to that new song, here’s the video”
“The huge variety of instruments is the biggest reason that we love having you”
“She’s suddenly stopping herself and giving other children a turn”
“He got the whole family to sit in a circle and pass the instruments in turn”
“She’s always talking about you, so mum wanted to get you a Christmas gift”
“Could you recommend a ukulele book? I had to get her one for her birthday”
“After attending your nursery music and then afterschool music club, he is in year 6, doing grade 6 music exams”
“Could you please consider teaching private guitar to my 6 year old and ukulele to my 4 year old – this is such an accessible way into music”
“She was so anxious and frustrated, and that all seems to have been channelled into practise”
“He’s changed to a private school and they are so impressed with his maths ability – I credit your music teaching”
“Could you also teach my secondary school child? You must be so good, I (dad) may have to book a few lessons with you”
“He was so uncertain about doing anything in public, and this session has given him so much confidence that he wants to perform for his school”
“Please can you hold another session, he would like them every month – or fortnightly”
“She’s going to enter Britain’s Got Talent, she won’t put her guitar down”
“Aah, brilliant, this is the best bit, you brought the ukuleles!”
“That was so cool, the way we played it all together at the same time”
“Can he start guitar lessons with you? He loved trying out the electric guitar”
“I felt awful before we got here but now that we’ve sung, I feel so much better, you just forget your problems”
“Choir has really improved my confidence, there was this job going and I decided to go to the interview – and I got it”
“It’s so good to forget about your day and just sing”
“After your music training, one of the students taught herself ukulele and planned her demonstration lesson around it”
“The students got a great feel for not only holding the session, but what it would feel like as a child in a session”
“We would love you to teach with us more often, could you apply for a job here?”
“It was really good singing all those old songs – are you coming again?”
Said at a baby session for 0-2 year olds