Musical toys and instruments wanted!

29th March 2011

Left: Care South resident Peggy Chidwick enjoying a Musica workshop session

Right: Rosanna Campbell of Dorset-based Musica


Music can make people feel better, and singing, participating, or listening to music can be sociable, fun, and trigger happy memories.

Care South will be working with Rosanna Campbell of Dorset-based Musica to run Music for Life interactive workshops in its 16 residential homes in Dorset. The aim is to use music to enhance the wellbeing of older people in care settings, to have fun, and to teach new skills.

And Rosanna is calling for any unwanted instruments or musical toys, such as tambourines, bells, maracas, triangles, or sound effects for homes to use during the workshops and also to run additional musical sessions.

Rosanna will run one session a month in each home over a ten month period. Workshops will include singing, reminiscence, composition and live performance, with active participation between the music facilitator and the participants.

The workshops will benefit the elderly participants as well as the care staff. Each session will have a pre-chosen theme and feature well-known songs which will lead to reminiscence discussion. Over the course of the project a collection of musical pieces will be created involving the participants and using a variety of musical instruments.

Rosanna says: “Recent research shows that taking part in musical activities can reduce levels of stress and aggression as well as increasing communication and boosting self-esteem.”

Rosanna Campbell founded Musica after writing a dissertation at Bath Spa University on how participating in musical activities can benefit the health and well-being of older adults, and has since developed services which include interactive music workshops, performances and tuition to residents in care homes.

If you have any musical toys or instruments you would like to donate please contact Rosanna Campbell at Musica on 07840 029955 who will let you know the nearest Care South home as a dropping-off point. Alternatively, call Care South on 01202 712400.