Sources of comfort and reassurance can be lifelines at times when life seems uncertain or threatening. Feeling steady in our own identities may help us to deal with the unknown and unfamiliar, and to connect with those around us. It’s very simple, without special equipment, to make a personal soundprint, a toolkit of scraps of sounds, words and music to evoke security and happiness when we need it. A few reminders of moments of wellbeing – the sound of a blackbird, the words of a football chant, theme tune of a favourite radio or television programme – can help to change mood of a day. When listed and written as an email, they can also be linked to sound via Youtube to bring those moments to life, using just a smartphone or tablet. They can then easily be shared with friends or those caring for us to help build bridges of understanding and acceptance. Despite the name, Music Mirrors are as much about sound and words as about music. They’re not playlists but uniquely personal toolkits for life. Making one for yourself can be a joy at any age, and helping someone else to do so is a rare privilege. The two videos and thoughts on the homepage here give an idea of where to start, but each one of us will have our own very individual soundprint… Don’t wait – begin today!
Delighted to receive the brochure for the 2022 symposium!
Outcomes of the four year Music Mirrors research project by the University of Zurich Centre for Gerontology will be presented in the context of insights from specialists from the world of music and dementia. In the afternoon a publication and documentary film about Music Mirrors will be launched, with practical workshops on integrating music into daily care, and performances by students of the Luzern Conservatoire of compositions and improvisations inspired by Music Mirrors.I am so grateful to the Centre for Gerontology of Zurich University and to all the organisations who have supported and made this work possible.
Further details can be found on the Reusspark website https://www.reusspark.ch/
‘Making things personal: a project promoting the wellbeing of older residents and staff in sheltered housing and care homes’. This account of work by NorseCare using Music Mirrors has been published in Journal of Public Mental Health in August’s special edition on Ageing.https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JPMH-04-2020-0029/full/html
Eaton Dementia Friends will host a free Music Mirrors workshop on
Monday November 18th, 9.30 -11.30 am at Ipswich Road United Reform Church, Norwich. Music Mirrors use sound and music cues to fix memories that comfort, reassure and give joy. This informal workshop shows how to make Music Mirrors and outlines the ways in which they can be useful to any one of us.
Contact [email protected], 01603 457802 or 01603 452404 if you would like to attend.
NorseCare, https://www.norsecare.co.uk/ who manage 23 Residential Homes and 14 Housing With Care schemes across Norfolk. recently adopted Music Mirrors as one of the elements of both their Dementia and Wellbeing strategies. On Wednesday, November 6th they will be describing their programme of training for carers and showcasing work making and using Music Mirrors with residents at Robert Kett Court, Wymondham. (Session 2.4 at 3.10pm)
Many grateful thanks to WaveLength, a charity working to use technology to fight loneliness across the UK, for their generous award to us of two tablets! This opens up new vistas for Music Mirrors locally in Norwich: it will enable Come Singing and Eaton Dementia Friends to help individuals to make their own Music Mirrors which can then be presented ready for use with families and carers on the loaned tablets. It really is a wonderful development and we will report on progress in due course!
To find out more about WaveLength’s excellent work, visit their website: https://wavelength.org.uk/
As part of Dementia Action Week, www.healthawareness.co.uk/dementia is launching its 2019 Understanding Dementia campaign with a special dementia supplement in The Guardian. Making a Music Mirror is one very simple, cost-free thing that any one of us can do to help someone who is vulnerable, whether through dementia, illness or adversity of any kind. Read more about this and other helpful cost-free initiatives in: https://www.healthawareness.co.uk/dementia/how-music-and-singing-can-support-people-with-dementia/
We’re delighted to highlight Saskia Harper’s article in Enable, the UK’s leading disability and lifestyle magazine. Available online: http://enablemagazine.co.uk/
15 May, 2019 – Making memories with Music Mirrors. The article coincides very helpfully with Dementia Action Week, but don’t forget that a Music Mirror can be useful for any one of us when we are vulnerable through illness or adversity. Make your own now, and help someone else to capture sounds of their most positive memories and associations.
We are thrilled and grateful to announce that Music Mirrors has been awarded a generous grant by Norfolk Community Foundation from the Royal London Community Foundation.
The support, and guidance of Norfolk Community Foundation have underpinned so much of what we have achieved from tiny beginnings. This present funding will enable us to go much further in our existing work of raising awareness of how Music Mirrors, so easily made, can make a real difference to vulnerable people. We could not be more grateful to them and to the Royal London.
A Music Mirrors workshop training will be held on Wednesday 26th September, 9.30 -12.00 in central Norwich.
An opportunity to understand better how capturing life stories in sound and music can help vulnerable people, with practical experience in making Music Mirrors.
There is no charge. Please contact 01603 452404 for details.