Music4Mindfulness is an inclusive 12-week online programme of support for anyone who wishes to improve their health and wellbeing through an introduction to classical music.
The 12-week programme of videocasts will be streamed online. Videos will be made available every Friday at 10am starting from 30 April.
What can I expect?
Each week, an excerpt of classical music will be chosen based around a theme. The music will be introduced by Alina’s Musical Director, Hilary Davan Wetton. Following the musical introduction, Outreach Leader, Anna Sideris, will provide participants with breathing and mindfulness techniques based around the music chosen. Then, listen to the music.
Participants will be encouraged to develop their listening skills by enjoying a wide variety of specially chosen pieces through expert listening guides. You can join at any point but we encouraged you to partake in all 12 sessions. Each video will last around 20 minutes.
By the end of the programme, users will have broadened their knowledge base and be inspired to listen to classical music in new and different ways. These skills can be utilised post-project alongside techniques to help you any with physical and mental health issues using music and breathing.
What are the benefits?
The therapeutic benefits of listening to music in this way include calming anxiety, easing pain, boosting the immune system and lifting mood. You will also learn about classical music with extra listening recommendations that we suggest along the way.
Will I be supported during the course of the programme?
Yes. The orchestra will keep in touch with you via two Zoom sessions to provide you with support and reflect on what new listening skills have been acquired and to sum up the variety of music covered. We will revisit what benefits have been gained from being involved in the project and what specific skills you can take away. We will also ask you to complete an evaluation prior to and at the end of the project to assess how the project and music has impacted on your wellbeing. You can also interact with the programme or other participants via social media to discuss your thoughts on the choice of music or wellbeing techniques.
Music4Mindfulness is in partnership with Alina Orchestra and Arts for Health Milton Keynes and will run from 30th April - 16th July 2021. The programme is free, no registration is required and you can watch the videocasts at your own pace.
Further details can be found here.