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Music and people with dementia

A growing proportion of Art Beat's work is with people with dementia, whether in care homes, hospitals, or as day hospital visitors.


Jane uses both rhythm and song to engage people - the entraining properties of rhythm encourage participation, motor skills, and interaction, while the use of song stimulates language and memory.


Jane has over 7 years of experience collaborating with occupational therapy and activity staff, bringing musical engagement to people at a variety of stages of dementia. She is particularly interested in work that involves both carers, and cared-for, where music provides an accessible and enjoyable joint activity.


Music Together 


- in collaboration with Polyphony music project, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow.


Development of 2 pilot projects aimed at involving residents on older adult admissions and continuing care wards, along with their carers and visitors.  


Funding has since been secured by the hospital to run the project for a further year.

'Singing Memories'


- in collaboration with the psychiatric day hospital at the Royal Alexandria Hospital, Paisley, and Alzheimer Scotland.


Weekly evening singing group for people with memory problems and their carers. This group is more than the classic 'sing-song', due to the intentional use of music to stimulate cognitive, social, motor and memory skills.


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Occupational therapy collaborations


- with staff on continuing care wards at Dykebar Hospital, and the Royal Alexandria Hospital, Paisley.


Drumming and music workshops for patients, to engage participation and social skills.




...can be provided for both musicians and healthcare staff seeking to develop work in this area. For further details, check out the training page.