The Rhythm of Life Resource Pack

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Hawley R

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Live Music Now

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This Resource Pack celebrates music and the benefits of its use in working with older people. The idea of the pack is to bring together  findings from the Rhythm of Life project run by Live Music Now and provide a resource for activity staff and non-musicians to develop music work with diverse user groups. It is designed to offer tips for planning your sessions, ideas for activities that you can develop and thoughts on evaluating and documenting your sessions in a way that is relevant and meaningful.

The Rhythm of Life project took place over a period of 3 months across a variety of care settings in County Durham. The venues were visited weekly by activity staff from CREATE and fortnightly by young professional musicians from Live Music Now. The participants were encouraged to use memories, stories, songs and percussion activities as a way of exploring and developing their musical skills. At the same time, the project aimed to show the CREATE staff new ways of working with music in care settings, and to give the Live Music Now musicians new experience of working with older people over a sustained period of time.

The project culminated in a public performance at County Hall, Durham, in March 2010. The project was part of the government’s Learning Revolution programme and was funded by The Transformation Fund and Durham County Council.

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Hawley, R. (2010). The Rhythm of Life Resource Pack. UK: Live Music Now North East.