Training Event: Working with Older People & People with Dementia through Music

2 Day Training Event: 

Working with Older People & People with Dementia through Music 

DATE: Friday 26th & Saturday 27th August 2016 

TIME: 10.00 AM – 4.30 PM (on both days)

VENUE: Deansgrange Library, Clonkeen Drive, Deansgrange, Dublin 18 (map here)  

Facilitators: Gráinne O’Grady & Karen Ní Bhroin 

Tickets – Available through Eventbrite: 

This is a course that is aimed at musicians, arts students and professional musical directors who would like to work with older people & people with dementia.

This course may be suitable for health professionals working with older people and people with dementia, who have some knowledge of music.

Course content will be music focused & will assume a level of musicianship, sight reading, singing & musicality

  • An overview of dementia including its prevalence in Ireland & statistics
  • Strategies for working with people with dementia through music
  • Conducting & leadership techniques for working with choirs for older singers & singers with conditions such as dementia & other additional needs
  • Some research around music, singing & dementia
  • Case study: The Unforgettables Chorus, New York
  • Opportunities for questions & answers
  • Involving families & carers
  • Type of repertoire used in these choirs
  • Case study: Musical Memories choirs
  • Utilising volunteers
  • The settings for these choirs (such as nursing homes, in the community)
  • Practical “hands-on” experiential workshops with professionals working in this area
  • Original creative developments & resources
  • Information about job opportunities in this area
  • Testimonials & evidence from these types of choirs
  • Suggestions for resources for working in this area

A certificate of attendance will be awarded to those participants who complete BOTH days of this training course (different topics covered on each day).

If you have any further questions about the training or you can attend only one day, please contact us at

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