Workshop- Facilitating Musical Activities with Older People

04/05/12 - 29/06/12

One-day workshops for musicians who are interested in facilitating musical activities with older people


The workshops (10.00 – 4.00) will be free of charge, and will include lunch and all materials.  

Early booking is essential

There is now strong evidence that community musicians play an important role in supporting our ageing population.  Recent research, funded by the UK Research Councils’ New Dynamics of Ageing programme, confirmed this:  active engagement in music supports wellbeing amongst older people. The Music for Life Project  reported that older people who participated in community music activities felt that they had greater control over their lives, had more pleasure and felt more cared for than those who did not have access to musical activities.

The evidence from the Music for Life Project was so compelling that the research team has received follow-on funding for the development of freely available Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops and resources to support community musicians who work with older people.

One-day workshops for musicians who are interested in facilitating musical activities with older people will take place around England, between May and July.  Participants in these workshops will:


The workshops will be led by:

Andrea Creech, an experienced professional musician, educator and internationally recognised researcher in psychology of music.  Following a career as an orchestral  musician Andrea was director of a Community Music School in the Republic of Ireland, developing programmes for learners of all ages. For several years she has been a leader in delivering training for Conservatoire teachers.  She has research expertise in interpersonal dynamics, motivation, and how older people engage in learning.

Susan Hallam pursued careers as both a professional musician and a music educator before becoming an academic in 1991. Her research interests include issues relating to learning in music, practising, performing, musical ability, musical understanding and the effects of music on behaviour and studying. She is the author of several books including Instrumental Teaching: A Practical Guide to Better Teaching and Learning (1998), The Power of Music (2001), Music Psychology in Education (2005), editor of The Oxford Handbook of Psychology of Music (2009), and has written over one hundred other scholarly contributions.

Maria Varvarigou has been performing as a solo singer, oboist and chorister for many years. She has participated in several recordings of Greek traditional songs and she has developed great interest in performance practices of traditional music. She is currently working as a researcher in various funded research projects in the area of music education. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

 Early booking is essential, as space is limited to 15 participants per workshop.

 To book, please contact Maria Varvarigou:

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