Old songs for happiness

Ref: C2339451

A fun and relaxing course for those present on the B1 Ward of Bassetlaw Hospital. The main focus will be to engage with the students and ask them if there are any musical artists they like and would wish to hear from the tutors. We will get some of the song lyrics printed, so everyone can join in, if they please. We will also write at least 2 new songs with the patients and engage with them so they can help us write the words. Thirdly, there will be drum therapy with our djembe drums and percussion. We have found in the past that this is an excellent way in which to reach patients with the music, it's fun and you need no experience to join in. We would also like to talk to the patients about their lives and what they remember about the music they have heard.

Course aim

The course is to provide relaxation, education and confidence building for those present on Ward B1 of Bassetlaw Hospital. There will song singing, talks and drum therapy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Reflect on the songs we have heard in the group with confidence
  • Play up to 3 new rhythms on djembe drums or percussion
  • Explain what it was like working with others in the group and the tutors in a recorded interview
  • Show evidence of lyrics that have been written for new songs within the group

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • Some of these task will happen, such as written work (physically written by the tutor, but suggested by the students), although none of the work will be marked or graded.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • The students are patients at The Bassetlaw Hospital. If it is possible, we will offer some encouragement in some of these pursuits, although we understand that many of them are very ill and this will never be a requirement for the course.

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Old songs for happiness


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