Stroke survivors have chance to make music

Free to attend music workshops are starting locally for stroke survivors and their carers. EMN-150707-113735001
Free to attend music workshops are starting locally for stroke survivors and their carers. EMN-150707-113735001

Stroke survivors and their carers will have a fantastic opportunity to make some noise while aiding their rehabilitation this week with the launch of a new music project in Navenby by the Stroke Association and soundLINCS.

The free to attend project will consist of 12 fortnightly workshops exploring a variety of singing and songwriting activities and the chance to use an array of unusual musical instruments.

Engagement in musical activity has been shown to greatly aid rehabilitation in areas such as spatial awareness, movement and muscle control, speech, communication and cognition.

As well as physical benefits music is also said to positively enhance mood and motivation in many stroke patients. Recent findings suggest a notable decrease in depression, reduction of anxiety and all round improved demeanour.

The unusual instruments will allow access to sound and music in a variety of ways: whether that be through detecting your body movements and velocity with instruments such as Theremins and Soundbeams; or pressing a soft cube, called a Skoog, which creates sounds via computer software.

Vocal workshops will include activities such as traditional choral singing, composition, songwriting and folk music while iPad based technology sessions will allow the use of sampling software and experimentation with original compositions and creations.

The workshops will take place on alternate Wednesdays at The Venue in Navenby from 10am until 12noon. It is free to attend and for more information contact Caren on 01522 790059 or email caren.borchardt@stroke.org.uk.