The Care for Music Team

Gary Ansdell is an experienced music therapist, trainer and researcher. He currently has academic and teaching positions at the universities of Exeter, Bergen and Limerick, and is an Associate of Nordoff Robbins, UK, where he is Convenor of the MPhil/PhD programme.

Tia DeNora is a sociologist, Professor in Sociology of Music, University of Exeter, and Professor, The Grieg Academy – Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD), University of Bergen, Norway. She is Principal Investigator on the Care for Music project.

Wolfgang Schmid is a musician and music therapist trained. Since 1996 he is involved in music therapy practice, research and training in Germany and Norway. He is Professor in Music Therapy at The Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, and works part time as music therapist at the hospice Sunniva Centre in Bergen.

Fraser Simpson is a music therapist at Mountbatten hospice, Isle of Wight. He is also currently Regional Manager of Nordoff Robbins South West and South Wales, and course tutor on the Nordoff Robbins (UK) MMT training programme in London. Fraser is an Associate Researcher on the Care for Music Project.

The care for music team will facilitate a interactive workshop on Thursday 20th October:

‘The online atelier: Reaching communities and reflecting on experiences through ‘quick’, ‘small’ art creations’

This workshop will be facilitated online and will explore everyday creative methods as a means for reflecting on issues linked to end of life and care. The session will demonstrate a flexible and inexpensive way of engaging communities. It taps resources for communication and connection that online platforms make possible, building on what we’ve learned during the pandemic.

In the workshop, participants will create ‘quick, small’ stories, poems, drawings, or songs. These creations will then be shared with the group (on a voluntary basis). The theme of these creations will be, ‘care, kindness, death, dying and bereavement’. The facilitators will begin by offering examples of their own creative methods linked to the Care for Music Project. Participants are by no means expected to have any prior experience with any creative art. We will take two rounds of creative production/discussion and suggest that participants could, if they so wished, run further workshops on their own including widening the circle to new participants and communities. We will also explore techniques for documenting and publicising this creative engagement through online formats such as blogs, community webpages and in-person follow on events.

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