Singing for Health Network Series
Workshop 5 with Elizabeth Stuttard: Singing for Parkinsons
5pm – 7pm (UK time)
All sessions are recorded and will be sent out to all registered participants.
Health and wellbeing: Singing for Parkinson’s
- The student will gain a holistic understanding of the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
- The student will understand the neural, cognitive, and motor learning challenges present within sessions.
- Teachers and facilitators will experience how to use their existing knowledge of vocal pedagogy and body mapping to create an enhanced singing programme specifically targeting the needs of their clients.
- Can recognise and react appropriately to Parkinson’s symptoms within a singing session.
- Can deigns targeted exercises to enhance the therapeutic benefits of sing for Parkinson’s classes.
- Can begin to develop a toolkit of strategies that can support motor learning.
- Can develop safe working practices for themselves and their clients.
What is Parkinson’s?
- An overview of symptoms and the possible profile of our clients
- Established therapies
- The benefits for people with Parkinson’s of being part of a sing for Parkinson’s programme
What the research suggests
- The neurological and cognitive implications of Parkinson’s for the singers.
- Skill acquisition and motor learning in a choral Parkinson’s class.
Putting theory into practice.
- Integrating research and a knowledge of singing pedagogy to enhance the therapeutic outcomes for a Parkinson’s vocal session
Break out groups 1
Develop aims and objectives for:
- One targeted physical warm-up
- One vocal exercise
- Suggest a song that demonstrates how you will develop these exercises.
- Reflection in action: consider how you may need to adapt to the clients learning needs.
Setting up a Sing for Parkinson’s Group.
Break out group 2
Things to consider
- A question of diversity.
- What are the barriers to attendance?
- Thinking about a community approach.
- What are my biases and assumptions as I teach the class?
Health and safety round-up
References and Bibliography