Music speaks to the soul and lifts the spirits. Music can make us laugh or cry, it can energise or relax us; it can bring back memories or take us to a faraway place in our imagination.

Music is one way that hard-to-reach people can be communicated with, enabling them to interact with others. It has the power to calm and diffuse situations where ‘challenging behaviour’ is occurring. It can make a person come alive, making them feel happy and comforted, and it can also spark beautiful moments of nostalgia for sufferers of dementia.

As with all Creative Rhythms sessions, music workshops are person-centred and tailor-made. Once I know as much as possible about a client (or group)’s likes and dislikes and understand what they would like to get out of it, I’ll design a session perfect for their needs and in line with any issues of ability and capacity.

Basic rhythm and tempo can be taught by feeling our own heartbeats and drumming along in time, increasing the speed to create a fun and energising atmosphere. We’ll travel around the world, exploring far-flung places and the different genres of music associated with them. We’ll go back (and maybe forward!) in time, introducing new and unique sounds and rhythms into the learning experience. All music sessions incorporate all the senses: Can you feel a musical genre through touch, smell, taste and sight, as well as just by hearing the sounds? Yes, and that’s the fun part!

Other interesting questions we could explore in our sessions: How can we make musical instruments from things we find in the garden or at the seaside? How can art be incorporated into music? What kinds of music did ancient people make?

Depending on capacity, Creative Rhythms also offers technological resources such as a state of the art karaoke machine with visuals, unlimited songs to choose from, and worldwide radio to explore different genres from far-flung places, in addition to using a wide range of musical instruments including guitars, a keyboard, Brazilian samba drum, Djembe drum, xylophone, and tons of percussion- including ones you can make yourself!

Sessions wind down and end with relaxing sensory time and/or intensive interaction methods that allow clients to feel, express themselves and communicate in their own way. Think massages, gong sound baths, blankets, nice soft things to touch and be touched by. Note: Please advise me of any allergies that may impact on the sensory part of the session.

Weekly music sessions will be starting in Calderdale again on Saturday 20th March 2021 at 2pm! We’ll be welcoming children, whether dif-abled or not, so if you’re struggling to entertain your little ones during lockdown, please read our Covid statement for more details of upcoming events.

“Music is a physical expression that has a physical impact upon the listener. Sound travels in waves through the air. This is not abstract. This is scientific fact. And it makes physical contact with the eardrum… and with the heart… and with the rest of the body.” – Kurt Elling

“The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. And yet many people have the experience that when they speak, people don’t listen to them.” – Julian Treasure

There is nothing more powerful than being heard. 

J exploring some of the sights, sounds and smells of the theme at the start of a ’round the world’ sensory music session
Just a few of the instruments we use, minus the guitars, keyboard, and lots of sensory items in every session…

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