Selecting and using music for therapeutic benefit requires some knowledge of the importance of personalised music and confidence to organise meaningful music based activities. ‘Soundtrack to My Life’ training from JoCo Learning and Development is the only training course in the use of personalised music in dementia care.
The course is designed for, and available to, all levels of staff working in dementia care. The program has been evaluated by the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham in home care settings and is now being run successfully in care home settings. The programme aims to introduce staff to the importance of music in care, understand how music improves quality of life and inspire confidence to use music as part of every day person centred support and activities.
‘Soundtrack to My Life’ is a book available from musicworks. It is designed to help you to draw together the pieces of music that are significant to the person with dementia. It is unique in that it is not just a list of ‘favourite tunes’ but allows you to record the accompanying life stories. It enables you to be reconnected with music memories so that you can use them in a therapeutic way.
As part of the training, each learner will have the opportunity to create their own ‘Soundtrack to My Life’ compilation before working with other individuals to create theirs. Learners gain confidence in using the ‘Music in Care’ book and reflective practice about their dementia or memory loss care practice. The course takes place over 3 half day workshops which are spread over 2 – 3 months (You must attend all dates to complete the course). Training includes ‘Soundtrack to My Life’ toolkits designed by musicworks.
The 3 session ‘Soundtrack to My Life’ course costs £189 per person or £1785.00 for a group of up to 10 learners.
Feedback from Learners
“I have lots to talk to Mary about as I know much more about her. I will also sing more with her as I now understand why she loves it so much. Mary loved chatting and singing with us. I’m not sure she will remember it due to her memory loss but I feel more empowered to prompt conversations with her.”
“It was actually a lovely experience. I found they wanted to talk about their “untold stories” more than the music.”
“Lots of new thoughts and ideas – emphasis for me – don’t assume anything and it’s all about client not me”
“Conversations are more in-depth when talking about music”