Photos are from todays performance with the sunrise , the guitar and the poster at todays concert.
Research question -
“What are the quantifiable effects and advantages of therapeutic live music performance on the welfare of those in care?”
Venue – Milton of Campsie Tue 20th Jan 2015
About the concert: -When I first walked into the venue today I was unsure if it was going to be the most welcoming. The staff seemed so busy and I sometimes wonder if people realize how busy these guys are, I feel for them.
We were a little late starting todays concert due top the staff running a little behind and getting everyone in place after their medication. I always try to suss the vibe out and to be honest I was getting much of a feeling for today as everyone seemed a little flat. However that was to be an incorrect impression as the concert started.
Verbal content and clarity - After my meeting with Fiona the music co-ordinator I really wanted to have my presentation be clear and concise so I thought about the way I was going to present the concert. I planned a set list before the performance that is new and improved catering for suitable age groups that would get everyone singing. The new songs that made it in were “You are my sunshine” “Amazing Grace” and “my bonnie lies over the ocean”
I made it clear at the start, the purpose of my visit, what to expect and I told them that they would have lots of fun. My stall was set out.
I found that I got a lot of nods and acceptance at this point so far so good.
Vocalization of residents: - I found that some residents were very quiet while some were demonstrating vocal disruptive behaviour. I have been doing a lot of reading on this lately and my research has taken me to a couple of reason on why this may be.
The environment may be too noisy or not enough stimulation. It’s important to realise that the client may be in some type of discomfort or pain. The psychological of the client may be that they are bored, depressed, lonely or even freighted.
The important thing here is to realise that it might not be the performance that is causing this and it just may be the characteristics of the client due their well being at this time.
I’m glad to say that the people/staff that I have come across are excellent at taking care of this and letting me get on with the show.
Today there was one lady called Anne who asked me for Danny Boy. This song is on my list to learn so I told her I would get that song sorted for the next time. I moved on to introduce the next song and found that Ann began singing it at the top of her voice. One of the nurses came up to me and said “just let her sing this, its amazing she never talks, your performance has really made her be vocal its pretty heart warming.”
I had this a few times now and its great to hear that the music is bringing people out. The staff nurse said we have tried everything, now we know we have to sing to her.
Eye Contact: One of the first lessons I learned was to sing to people and give them their moment. I really make sure this is a part of the performance and today was no exception. There is difficulty when I am playing new songs as I feel I have to look at the words due to what I say is poor memory on my behalf.
Facial Expressions: Lots of smiles, nodding and very positive expressions. One guy even winked at me today, lucky me.
Body Posture: Fantastic body posture, people really gave off positive gestures, which really helped the me in the performance I feel I can give more and stop worrying if the job is getting done and enjoy what I would call the process of the concert.
Movement: - we had the staff dancing which is always good. If the staffs are happy the clients are happy. There was one point I thought I would need to tell them to calm down. Great fun as had by all today and for those that couldn’t dance they clapped their hands and for those that we not able to do that they did their movement through smiles.
On-going evaluation: - I’m so into trying to make a better performance so that I can really get the best out of the audience and I believe its more than just singing the songs. It’s all about the social interaction, recognising people and getting them involved.
After todays concert I made a list of what I want to achieve over the next few concerts, the objectives are pretty open but I feel its really me set out a pat to answers and collecting evidence on my research question.
1/ List out what you are looking to achieve, ie audience participation, enjoyment in the performance that leaves them with a great experience.
2/ What are the performance goals that are suitable to the audience in this venue?
3/ How happy are you at the preparation for this concert?
4/ What do you want to learn from this concert?
5/ Are you prepared for a quiet crowd, a younger crowd and older crowd?
6/ list songs to try something different that you feel is suitable.
7/ If it’s a place you have been to before what did the last feedback say?
Moving forward I will be looking to incorporate the questions to see if my preparation is as good as it can be.