Creative Music

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Creative Music is completely free of charge and is available to all patients, their families and carers.  Creative music therapy is a great way for you to express yourself through instruments and vocals. You don’t have to be ‘good’ at music or ‘musical’ as such. In fact a lot of music therapy improvisation is not remotely melodic or harmonious. Pick an instrument… or a range of instruments and just start playing! Music therapy can help the following;

  • Vent frustration
  • Express feelings
  • Learn about yourself and your inner being (or unconscious – the thoughts and feelings that you don’t know you have, but they are there)
  • Anxiety
  • Gives you a voice when you don’t have one
  • Helpful way to communicate without having to talk
  • Vocal rehabilitation
  • Movement rehabilitation

Drumming Group

Drumming engages your body and mind to induce a state of calm and focused awareness. The drumming group is open to all and uses the natural power of rhythmic sound as a holistic and supportive therapy - group drumming breaks down barriers and promotes freedom of expression in the company of others. It can help you to relieve anxiety and depression, encouraging you to practice meditation through drumming which can also relieve pain.

Body Percussion

The body percussion group uses different parts of the body for self-expression through improvisation and offers a wide variety of percussion instruments to play, including some cultural ones. We can help you to experiment with different sounds which can be both therepeutic and enormous fun!

Relaxation Group

The Relaxation group aims to provide resourceful techniques such as listening to soothing music, deep breathing and visualisation. These techniques are used for patients, families and carers within a group setting and amongst their peers who may have a similar mindset.  We also teach you these techniques to use externally, where perhaps they may help with every day stressful situations. Relaxation can benefit your emotional and mental well-being by giving you an escape; a peaceful place to help you cope with life’s stresses and helps to balance the body and mind. Other benefits can include lowering blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate. It may relieve stress, apprehension, fear and depression. This group will help to improve your mood, concentration and focus and relieve signs of insomnia.

Song Writing

Song writing is open to all Hospice patients, families and carers and its purpose is to produce a "memory project" by which you will be able to remember and celebrate a loved ones life by enshrining their ideas and life events within a musical framework. In the first session we will work to open up ideas for an original song, then write the lyrics based on these ideas and finally create a melody to go with the lyrics. Our Creative Musician and volunteers will provide support.

Memory Projects

Memory projects can be a legacy left to a loved one or a project for yourself to complete. They can take many different forms and we have a team on hand to help you explore ideas, support you with technical parts of the project and guide you through its completion through one to one sessions.Projects can include:

  • Personal CD of yours or a loved ones favourite songs
  • Original song writing
  • Audio and video recordings
  • Musical memory books

Other one to one sessions may include:

  • Musical improvisation
  • Music remeniscence
  • Learning to play an instrument
  • Relaxation
  • Drumming
  • Body percussion

For further information, please contact

Hannah Bruce - Creative Musician on 01892 820509 or hannah.bruce@hospiceintheweald.org.uk or fill in this form