Professional songwriters, elders, families and friends join together to create compelling, memorable music and perform original songs that lift the voices of individuals and their communities.
Each song carries the stories, wit, humor, history, melodies and intelligence of the people who wrote it: including those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, depression, isolation, chronic illness and other life challenges. Folks diverse in cultural and class backgrounds collaborate with professional songwriters. Workshops take place in retirement communities, classrooms, memory care facilities, and assisted living centers. No prior musical experience is required.
Inclusion guides the process every step of the way. Participants add their input into musical arrangements and instrumentation and join with professional musicians in live and recorded concerts performances, album productions and more. Volunteers and interns, diverse in age, can apprentice to SW’s professionals. Family and friends can join in.
Every Songwriting Works™ program is facilitated according to SW’s 8 Principles of Creative Engagement: access, inclusion, originality, authenticity, respect, reciprocity, restoration and celebration. SW’s team of facilitators ensure participants abundant opportunities to contribute as equals in the creative process, regardless of their physical, cognitive or verbal ability, education or prior musical experience. Freely exchanging ideas and making music together makes for a meaningful and memorable time for all. Benefits include new friendships, brain fitness (new neural connections) and healthy communities (stronger communication and cooperation).