Beat It Percussion works with a range of groups in the community. We are committed to developing our work with older people who are living with dementia. Beat It recognises the need for meaningful activities that allow people with dementia to communicate, contribute to a creative project and have fun. Our 2015 Pilot Project, Working with Rhythm for People with Dementia in Worcestershire, measured the benefits of drumming activities in tackling social isolation. We are extending our work with dementia groups and new partnerships across the West Midlands and Wales.
During 2015 we have worked with retirement homes and nursing homes, adult day care services, Special Schools, mainstream schools, play schemes, services for people with learning disabilities, carnivals, conferences and open public arts events. Our partnership with community group A Different Beat has enabled us to reach groups who otherwise would not have had access to live music-making. For 2016 we are developing our schools provision with our new Drumming World Programme and Brazil themed activities.
Beat It Percussion CEO Lynn Kay has been leading drumming workshops for the last 6 years. She has accumulated a wealth of percussive experience playing with numerous groups including Nova Guarda, Oya Batacuda and Malvern Samba. Her background in education and communication skills enables her to work effectively with groups of all abilities. With a classical music background Lynn is also an accomplished cellist.