Caring with Music: Can Music Do More In Adult Care Settings?

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Discover the benefits of using music interactively

Regardless of our language, culture, or abilities, music speaks to all of us. It can enable us to connect with other people and to the world around us. It can help us express our feelings, increase our socialisation, and communicate in new ways.

On this six-week course, you’ll explore the reasons why music ‘works’ and learn how to apply this knowledge in your adult care setting for positive change.

Using techniques from specially trained Nordoff Robbins music therapists – combined with your own expertise – you’ll explore how to effectively use music with the people you support.

Learn how to use music in care homes and other settings

You’ll explore your own relationship with music before learning how, and why, this can be used as an effective tool in care settings.

Tuning into the people you support, you’ll identify how you can bring music into the daily life of people you care for, such as creating songs and using musical instruments.

You’ll also learn how to plan and facilitate music activity sessions as well as tips to improve the soundscape of your setting.

Understand how to apply concepts such as active listening in your work

The course will help you apply your learning in a practical way and identify all opportunities to use music to benefit your care setting.

Examining concepts such as individual musicality and active listening, you’ll learn how to use music flexibly to enhance your work and caring environment.

Learn from the specialists at Nordoff Robbins

You’ll learn from the experts at Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy charity, whose practice is informed by research.

The course gives you the opportunity to explore the work of a music therapist and develop skills in this field to help provide better care for the people you support.

This course is designed for anyone working in an adult care setting wanting to learn how music can support the people you care for.

The content is adaptable to suit a range of care settings, including care homes, day centres, hospices, secure wards, and more.

To take part in the course you’ll need access to a computer or mobile device. You will also need a ‘reflective journal’ - a means of keeping notes from week to week that you can store confidentially. There will be more information about this during Week 1 of the course.