“When they see – ….it makes me cry and I can’t talk. I’m going to take this [songbook] home and show it to my children so they can take it to my grandchildren.” – B.C., age 86.
Songwriting Works™ gives older and elder adults new avenues for self-expression, musical exploration, and leaving a legacy
in story and song. Composing original songs in collaboration with professional musicians, each individual's words, melodies and imagination are woven into a collective tapestry.
In the songs all can hear elders' creativity, wit and vital voices. Attitudinal barriers dissolve in this experience of "positive aging"
together. For the “baby boom generation" Songwriting Works™ provides a bountiful model of making meaning and community
in new ways, promoting cogntive health and dignity through song. Concerts celebrate the songs and songwriters. CD and film projects carry their voices around the world.
For those with dementia and
cognitive injuries, Songwriting Works™ provides affirmation and engagement. Workshops are welcoming and spontaneous as we seize the moment. Trained facilitators make each interaction an invitation. “Person-centered” songwriting moves at participants' pace and style. Everyone, even the shy, reticent, or 'less able' join in
as songs and surprises come to life.
Programs are held at:
• Senior Centers
• Retirement Communities
• Adult Day Care
• Independent and Assisted Living
• Skilled Nursing
• Dementia Care
• Gero-Psych • Hospice/End of Life
Click on image above to hear elders songwriting at Luther Manor, Milwaukee, WI in 2008 (Story #3).
Click on image above to view 5 clip demo reel including elders at 2004 Art of Aging festival.
For more samples of elders’ songs visit the Songs/Gallery.
Learn more about Songwriting Works programs, workshops, trainings and consulting offered by founder Judith-Kate Friedman and associates in 2013-14 here.