22nd March 2018
Working with local charity Musical Connections, Music Development Centre students from York College have enjoyed taking part in a series of interactive music workshops at Morrell House, a local care home for people with Dementia.
The Musical Connections charity, led by Fiona Chapman, aims to empower people to lead healthier and happier lives through participation in music. First conceived in 2008, it became a registered charity in 2016. The workshops offer a musical programme to challenge age-related stereotypes whilst not making assumptions about the types of music and activities participants enjoy and can access.
A Level Music and Music Technology student Jemima Hawkshead (formerly of Garforth Academy), hopes to progress to university to study music production, says: “I enjoyed working on the project, it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and joining in with the music. It brought it home to me that music is a universal language – it’s so interactive. Everyone can recognise a song and sing along.”
Emily Thorp, Acting Head of Division for Music, Media and Performing Arts at York College said: “Musical Connections provide several different activities within the city of York and our students have worked on various community music projects with them over the last few years. This was an amazingly inspiring and meaningful experience which gave students a real insight into the power and effect of music.”