“YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE”: DEMENTIA, MUSIC AND CARE-GIVING
Sunday December 1, 4:30-6:00pm; $25 – SEMINAR CANCELLED BECAUSE OF WEATHER AND LIKELY POOR DRIVING CONDITIONS
This workshop offers an introduction to using music as an expressive and creative medium to enhance well-being of people with dementia and their caregivers. Whereas making music is usually thought of as an elitist activity open only to the gifted few (so-called “real musicians”), the approach presented here shows that, on the contrary, it is a universal gift. We all have music inside us and by bringing it out, we reveal our inner humanity. In so doing we enhance our lives and the lives of those we care for. Based on the pioneering work of John Diamond, M.D., this workshop will benefit anyone with an interest in exploring making music in a care-giving situation, no matter how inexperienced or off-key! You will come out feeling empowered to make music with those you care for, and understand why and how music has the effect it does.
- Bringing out the music in those you care for.
- Suitable repertoire for making music together.
- Making music vs. listening to it.
- The importance of interaction and how to optimize it.
- Accompanied versus a cappella.
- Accuracy vs. intention in music-making.
Presenter: Peter Muir, Ph.D.
Peter Muir is a world-class musician whose approach is guided by a passionate belief in the power of music to transform the well-being of individuals and communities. Internationally recognized as pianist, educator, musicologist, and conductor, his ground-breaking approach is deeply influenced by the life-work of John Diamond, M.D., a leading authority in using the arts for health, with whom Dr. Muir has been closely associated for almost thirty years.