Ageing Voices Online Workshops

Ageing Voices Online Workshops

When

25th January - 4th Feb 2021
1pm & 5pm

Where

Online

Admission/Booking

Free (Register in Advance)

Sing Ireland and Creative Aging International, supported by Creative Ireland, are developing Ageing Voices to offer tools and networks which encourage singing for health and well-being amongst adults, whether they live in the community or in care.

Singing is fun, therapeutic, social, and stimulating. It takes place in groups, choirs, health centres, and even hospitals. Older adults who sing might be fit as a fiddle or challenged by illness. Great innovation in connecting singing with care is happening across Ireland. Inspiring and appropriate pandemic responses are being led by singing groups. In November 2020, four lunchtime panel conversations explored this topic for musicians, carers, health care teams working with older people, and everyone lucky to be ageing with a love of singing.

Over two weeks in 2021, we are presenting a series of online workshops to continue to explore these themes in further detail, and we invite you to attend and participate. These workshops will take place online from 25th January - 4th February 2021, at times of 1pm and 5pm.

See the complete list of workshops and registration links below. Please register for each of these free events individually. Places are limited and offered on a first-come, first served basis so register early to avoid disappointment. These workshops will not be recorded as the nature of them is to be interactive with participants on the day.

Understanding Voice Changes Related to Ageing: A Guide to Vocal Longevity with Michael T. Dawson

What happens to our voice as we age? How can I stay singing for as long as possible? Is it possible to strengthen the singing voice at any age? In this interactive workshop/lecture Michael T. Dawson will examine and share the latest research on what happens to the singing voice as it ages as well as techniques to keep the voice strong and healthy for longer. Participants are asked to bring a pen and A4 paper to the online workshop.

  • Monday 25th January, 1-2pm
  • Monday 1st February, 1-2pm

This workshop will take place in two parts, with the second workshop building on the first. Register for both HERE


Singing and Parkinson's with Dara MacMahon

Gain a greater understanding of the symptoms and challenges faced by people with Parkinson’s and why singing has such fantastic therapeutic benefits. Practical advice on setting up a group including appropriate exercises, warm-ups and repertoire - participants will get a toolkit of strategies to create a targeted singing programme, whether leading a group or simply singing at home.

  • Monday 25th January, 5-6pm
  • Monday 1st February, 5-6pm

This workshop is currently at maximum capacity. You may join the waiting list by registering HERE. You will be contacted should a place become available.


Special Interest Choirs: Singing and Dementia with Norah Walsh

The Special Interest Choir workshops will focus on how to start and grow a successful choir which caters for members with dementia and their carers. Participants will be informed on the key elements involved in running such a choir and they will be advised on some of the skills, methods and materials that are most effective for this choir type.

This workshop will take place in two parts, with the second workshop building on the first. Please register for each part below and note the change in days of the week:

  • Wednesday 27th January, 1-2pm. Register HERE
  • Thursday 4th February, 1-2pm. Register HERE


Singing for Care Staff: Establishing a Workplace Choir with Carol O'Neill

This workshop will focus on the basic practical skills of setting up a workplace choir for healthcare staff: the personnel, the focus, the expectations, the pitfalls, and the valuable benefits.

  • Wednesday 27th January, 5-6pm
  • Wednesday 3rd February, 5-6pm

This workshop will take place in two parts, with the second workshop building on the first. Register for both HERE



Singing for the Brain with Fiona Flavin

This workshop will be an opportunity to explore the fundamental aspects of a structured and carefully designed community singing programme. As well as developing skills in group leadership, music facilitation, and singing, participants will gain an understanding of the positive impact that singing has on brain health and wellbeing. Participants will also gain insight into the unique person-centered focus that underpins a 'Singing for the Brain' session through which the attendee's contributions and stories are woven into the structure, enabling social inclusion and support.

  • Thursday 28th January, 5-6pm
  • Thursday 4th February, 5-6pm

This workshop will take place in two parts, with the second workshop building on the first.

This workshop is currently at maximum capacity. You may join the waiting list by registering HERE. You will be contacted should a place become available.



Singing for Life: Vocal Exercises for Older Singers with Kathleen Tynan

Healthy singing is something we can all continue to enjoy as we grow older. In this workshop Kathleen Tynan will guide the participants through a structured series of exercises that will warm up both the body and the voice. All the exercises will focus on singing expressively in the comfortable lower and middle range of the voice. There will be information on how to establish a good posture for singing, how to release and manage the breath to produce good singing tone, exercises to energise and support the voice, and exercises to improve the articulation of text.

  • Friday 29th January, 1-2pm.

Registration for this workshop has now closed.


Published 8 January 2021
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