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Wed 21 Oct 2020 9:45 am - 12:00 pm BST

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Learn how to lead music sessions for in autism, learning disability and dementia care to find rapport and build relationships through music with people who are at risk of social isolation due to a communication disability. The course is suitable for care workers, family members, clinical staff and musicians and is open to people with our without previous musical experience.

Course content will include:

  • The nature and importance of rapport
  • The principles of rapport-based musical interaction
  • A 12 song repertoire in PDF format (optional hard copy available to purchase)
  • Online audio resources
  • Facilitation skills

The course is delivered by Matthew Laurie, consultant trainer and musician with 20 years experience of making music with people with communication disabilities, particularly those living in acute residential services. Matthew has developed the approach of Rapport-based Musical Communication over the course of his career, the principles of which apply to music sessions across the context of dementia, autism, learning disability and mental health care. Matthew has presented at conferences in the UK and abroad and regularly delivers INSET and CPD training for UK based organisations. Please see for more details.

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