Meeting the Musical Moment in Care Homes

May 16th and June 27th

This is an online event

Free Admission

Booking deadline: May 9th

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Meeting the Musical Moment in Care Homes – professional development workshops for musicians

Run by Rights Made Real in partnership with Luminate, these two free workshops will explore a personalised – and mobile – approach to leading music activities in care homes.  We will consider how shared music-making with individuals and small groups around the home can be particularly engaging for people living with dementia.  With this approach, each activity lasts just as long as the moment does.

Session information (we’d encourage you to attend both if possible)

  • Monday 16th May, 2pm to 4pm: we will explore the difference this kind of approach can make when working with people living with dementia, and will focus on the skills that are needed to work in this way
  • Monday 27th June, 2pm to 4pm: a discussion focusing on participants’ experiences of working in care homes and/or with people living with dementia in other contexts.  We will consider what would be needed to introduce and develop this more individualised approach in Scottish care homes

Workshop leader

The sessions will be led by Dr Jane Bentley, who has over 20 years’ experience of working with people with dementia, including leading the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Reconnect’ project and working closely with the NHS developing music in continuing care with older people.  Jane is a Senior Atlantic Fellow of the Global Brain Health Institute.  The approach which Jane will share in these workshops was inspired by working with French arts organisation, Musique & Santé.  See for information on Jane’s work, and for information about Musique & Santé.

Our partner for this, Rights Made Real, is a collaborative initiative that works to enhance the human rights of older people living in care homes, including older people’s right to participate in a cultural life.  See


Full event details

  • Event Date:

    May 16th and June 27th
  • Start Time:

  • Duration:

    2 hours
  • This is an online event
  • Admission:

    Free Admission

    Booking deadline: May 9th

Booking deadline: May 9th

Who should attend?

Professional musicians with experience of leading participatory work with older people, including people living with dementia.