Music in Mind
Established in 2012, Music in Mind uses improvisation as a tool to encourage people living with dementia to express themselves and communicate with others.
Participants explore music alongside Manchester Camerata musicians and qualified music therapists. Projects take place weekly for 15 weeks in care settings across the North West.
We believe in creating a flexible, open space for people to explore their feelings and make choices about how they want to be involved in the session.
Improvisation allows people to explore music without restrictions, regain some of the control they might have lost in their lives, and connect with their identity.
This can lead to improved mood, communication and social interaction, and in some cases reduced agitation and medication use.
While public awareness of dementia has increased, public understanding of young onset dementia remains limited. Manchester Camerata aims to tackle this by delivering an ambitious programme of public engagement and creative enquiry into the lived experience of young onset dementia.
Health professionals, artists and young people living with dementia will be working together over 18 months to create a music theatre piece which will be shared with communities across Greater Manchester in a tour in 2019.
PhD Research Project
Over the last three years, PhD student Robyn Dowlen has taken part in an ESRC-funded joint studentship with Manchester Camerata and the University of Manchester.
The research project aims to measure the ‘in the moment’ embodied experiences of people living with dementia whilst taking part in music-making.