Proudly sponsored by Ambition for Aging, our Sing it Out! Recycled Teenagers project actively supports the Choir in Every Care Home initiative developed by Live Music Now, Sound Sense, and the Sidney de Haan Research Centre – national groups committed to making music available for communities. Developed by 33 national organisations, the Choir in Every Care Home project has found a great number of reported benefits of singing, backed by research, including:
Benefits of Singing
• Physical relaxation and release of physical tension • Emotional release and reduction of feelings of stress • A sense of happiness, positive mood, joy, elation and feeling high • A sense of greater personal, emotional and physical wellbeing • An increased sense of arousal and energy • Stimulation of cognitive capacities – attention, concentration, memory, learning • A sense of being absorbed in an activity which draws on multiple capacities of the body and the mind • A sense of collective bonding through coordinated activity following the same pulse • The potential for personal contact with others who are like-minded and the development of personal supportive friendships and constructive collaborative relationships • A sense of contributing to a product which is greater than the sum of its parts • A sense of personal transcendence beyond mundane and everyday realities, being put in touch with a sense of beauty and something beyond words, which is moving or ‘good for the soul’ • An increased sense of self-confidence and self-esteem 9 • A sense of therapeutic benefit in relation to long-standing psychological and social problems (e.g. depression, a history of abuse, problems with drugs and alcohol, social disadvantage) • A sense of contributing to the wider community through public performance • A sense of exercising systems of the body through the physical exertion involved in singing – especially the lungs. • A sense of disciplining the skeletal-muscular system through the adoption of good posture • Being engaged in a valued, meaningful, worthwhile activity that gives a sense of purpose and motivation
Frances in Bolton
After a successful beginning in local care homes in 2017, Frances and co-director Pam will be taking this project forward in further care homes. Each week they meet to discuss changes and plan the next 3-weekly repertoire changes based on the group’s interests and requests. Sessions include the all important greeting song, warm up activities, and then Frances and Pam take turns introducing songs – often with a little of the song’s history from Pam. Between the banter, they introduce at least one new world song, often in another language, which will be developed into a round between residents. While Frances plays guitar, Pam interacts with every resident, often getting the more able up and dancing for the group! Care staff have commented on the changed atmosphere of the residents, particularly those who rarely speak or interact. Frances and Pam are looking forward to taking these sessions further throughout Bolton!
Mel in Wakefield
Inspired by the channel 4 nursery in a care home, Mel and local colleagues have been working with both a nursery group and local care home, learning the same songs and playing instruments. Using the Kodály methodology of singing traditional songs with melodies that will help all to sing successfully, the songs chosen help both groups in their unique stages of development – children extend their vocabulary through play, while adults develop their cognitive skills through play. After a few weeks of developing the individual group’s skills and confidence, Mel brought the two groups together, with willing mums bringing their little ones to the care home. Singing the now-familiar songs together, the two groups are able to perform together, learning and sharing as a community. Mel and colleagues are enthusiastic about developing intergenerational creativity throughout Wakefield!