Drumming Together sessions are multi-sensory music workshops for people living with memory loss and/or early inset dementia and other conditions often associated with ageing, and their carers.
We are not entertainers, neither are we music therapists. We are experienced music practitioners who offer a creative intervention, enabling people to enjoy a hands-on experience of music and instruments. As well as being a lot of fun the sessions offer real, measurable benefits to the people who participate.
We are keen to quantify the benefits and outcomes of our work and as such we have been working with the University of Gloucester to explore how our work benefits the people we work with. You can find out more about this on our research page
The benefits relate to the 7 areas of adjustment as described in the Adaptation-Coping (or Adjusting to Change) Model of social care from the Netherlands which we use as a rational for Drumming Together. The model divides the adjustments into practical, emotional and social areas.
Practical adjustment: through our interventions people receive cognitive stimulation and physical exercise. The activities within the sessions are designed to promote choice and control. Through our relationships with organisations we are able to offer information and signposting.
Emotional adjustment: our sessions provide relaxation and fun. People build confidence through learning and re-learning skills and sharing knowledge. Being in the group gives people including carers the opportunity to talk with others who understand.
Social adjustment: Being part of a Drumming Together group allows people to engage with others in a safe supportive atmosphere. People can support and be supported by others going through similar experiences. The group is an important way for people to experience inclusion and be among friends.
Beat It welcomes enquiries from groups, organisations and individuals who would like to know more about our Drumming Together programme.
The link below directs you to our original research document following our initial pilot scheme for Drumming Together