Residential home

One of the team describe some of their work

I work one morning a week in a residential home for adults living with an acquired brain injury. I work one to one with the residents, which allows them to dictate the pace of the sessions and enables me to focus on their individual needs.

Residents are given opportunities to explore instruments and play improvised music together with me, as well as writing their own songs, choosing songs to play, or listening to music together.

Through playing improvised music together with me residents are given the opportunity to express their feelings non- verbally and creatively.

Songwriting can be a powerful way to express words in music. Songs can carry feelings, which can be explored and re-visited over a number of sessions, as well as recorded and shared with family and friends. The residents seem to gain a lot from the one to one nature of the sessions where they are in control and able to make decisions.