CALM (Ceol Agus Lán Maitheas), with the support of Meath County Council Arts Office FEACH Programme, is offering a 3 day intensive introductory training workshop for musicians in Music and Health with an emphasis on geriatric care, to take place between Wednesday 25 and Friday 27 June at the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath.

The programme aims:

  • To enable musicians to understand the place of music, and of the musician, in the highly sensitive settings of hospital and healing environments.
  • To raise awareness within the local community and healthcare sector about the value and place of Music and Health as a way of enhancing the wellbeing of individuals

Contents will include:

Exploration and discussion of methods and approaches to music making in hospital
Exercises and role playing
Finding and using appropriate repertoire
Video analysis
Supervised musical visit to a Care Home and General Hospital

Trainers Gráinne Hope and Liam Merriman have extensive experience in Ireland and Europe as hospital musicians. They both qualified as trainers of musicians to work in healthcare settings under the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci programme, led by Musique et Santé (France) in association with Music Network (Ireland), The Royal Northern College of Music (U.K.) and Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland).

Fees: We are able to offer the full 3 day course including a musical visit to a health setting for €249, this fee is subsidised by Meath County Council Arts Office.

Selection of trainees: As places are limited, interested musicians should apply in writing with:
A short paragraph (250 words max.) should be included setting out why you wish to participate in the training.
Please also append a CV/Artist biography in support of your application

Applications to

Closing date: Friday 23 May 2014 (Successful applicants will be notified by email in due course)
Training Venue: Solstice Arts Centre, Navan and local healthcare settings.

Note*: While voice may not be an applicant’s main instrument, trainees should be confident in the use of their voice as this will become an important musician’s tool in visiting all Healthcare Settings.


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