Music and dementia workshops: bridging the gap in music education

Capulet, Emilie (2015) Music and dementia workshops: bridging the gap in music education. In: UWL Teaching and Learning Conference 2015, 29 June 2015, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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In early 2015, LCM worked hand-in-hand with the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble (ECO) to create a series of chamber music and improvisation workshops for musicians in the early stages of dementia, in an initiative funded by the Arts Council and led by Arts 4 Dementia. LCM hosted the workshops and provided a flexible learning framework which served to engage undergraduate and postgraduate students in a professional practice environment.

LCM students benefited from an early-stage dementia awareness training day led by Dementia Pathfinders and Julian West, Head of the Royal Academy of Music’s Open Academy. External participants in each of the 8 workshops were invited to join in and play alongside the ECO and LCM musicians. Playing a range of instruments, the participants were dynamically engaged in a musical dialogue, shaping the different interpretations and approaches to the music being performed in a creative and innovative way. An LCM composition student noted down improvisations in order to create a new work for the ensemble which was subsequently performed at the Wigmore Hall, in April, for the Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Music Symposium 2015.

Drawing on recent research into experiential and service learning (Carney, 2011; Deeley, 2015; Kolb, 2015; Waterman, 2014), I will evaluate student and participant feedback in order to discuss how these workshops, involving a variety of external partners, helped to bridge the gap between theory and practice in music education, as well as academic scholarship and real-world work experience. These workshops allowed the students to draw upon the technical skills they acquired throughout their studies whilst giving them the opportunity to gain insights into some of the problems facing today’s society and learn how to use their skills to make a difference, thus better equipping them to face the evolving music industry landscape on graduation.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Performing arts
Medicine and health
Depositing User: Emilie Capulet
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 08:55
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:19

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