In our music group we are encouraging members with expressing themselves through actions to their favourite songs. In Photo 1097, our member is doing ‘Singing In The Rain’. Using an umbrella to express the lyrics, along with actions. In Photos 1102,1104,1106 click here, we can see other group members are joining in, encouraging everyone.
Our group are learning different actions to other songs to help members choice of songs. In Photos 1115,1117 click here. They are all enjoying this new idea we are developing.
In photo 1120, they are progressing in playing a tune on the keyboard. With the help of colours and letters on the keys, helps them to feel a sense of achievement ,as each week they are able to do a little more. They are remembering colours and letters to the tune. See photos 1121-1126 click here. Members are looking forward to playing the keyboard at the show.
One members who needs the aid of a walking frame, is enjoying the group singing along and doing the actions to her song,’Jump’. Photos 1142,1143,1144 click here. Our wheelchair user is very happy joining in with the dancing too, and was able to get out of his wheelchair for a short while. Photos 1149,1150,1151 click here.New members who have joined us are trying to learn the lyrics to their favourite songs, and bringing their own folders with their lyrics to their the songs they want to sing. This is showing how important the group is to them and enjoy working towards the show for the community. They are deciding themselves what they would like to sing, and feel part of the group/team. Photo 1173.
The group enjoying dancing in photo 1187.
Another member who is very shy, and is being encouraged by everyone to turn and face the audience when singing. This is helping to prepare for the coming show. She is now becoming a little more confident to turn round and face the group. As we can see in Photo 1191.
Another new member is having the chance to play the electronic drums for the first time, and is very happy to have a go herself, as seen in Photos 1198,1199 click here.
We are helping the group to explore different instruments, to let them make their own sounds, and listen to songs being sung, and join in with one another. In Photos 1205, 1206 click here, another member is being helped by her support worker to play a tune and be part of the teamwork. Another new member also plays the drums for the first time.Having a range of musical instruments, is helping members to see what they like playing, and creating different sounds/music of their choice. Also, by using a variety of instruments, they are using/touching different textures, wooden drumsticks, strings on a guitar, keys on a keyboard. It is all helping with dexterity and coordination skills. More musical expression in Photos 1232,1234,1235 click here.
Our wheelchair user is very happy joining in with the dancing. In Photo 1236,the member who uses a walking aid, is happy singing and using one hand to express the lyrics along with the group. In Photos 1237,1238 click here, members playing the drums.
Making different sounds/music is wonderful progress, as they are becoming more confident being part of the group/team, and wanting to play other instruments. In Photos 1252,1253 click here, members are having a go playing a Ukulele.Our wheelchair user is happy to be part of the group. His confidence and social skills are improving tremendously over time. See Photos 1258,1259,1260 click here. In Photo 1261 our member is trying another new instrument, the xylophone.
Giving the group the opportunity to use a variety of musical instruments, they are gaining in confidence social skills and coordination skills. They are expressing themselves through music/sounds in a small, friendly and safe environment.
We are developing our Musical Expression by holding another group meeting on Fridays . For further information please contact us.
Uniquely Me and U would like to thank Gill Dyson who organised a charity music/sing along event on behalf of our group and another voluntary group. It was held at St. Nicholas Church Hall, Baddersley Ensor, on April 26th, 2018.
It was a very enjoyable event. A singer called Cathy Morris sang a variety of songs, that everyone joined in with and danced along to. A raffle was held, which everyone supported. Cathy was a wonderful singer and very supportive of the event.
Having had the opportunity to talk with her. being a community nurse too, she could see how music is helping adults living with disabilities. We look forward to seeing her again at the same venue on November 15th 2018.