Welcome to ReConnect, our music-making project for people living with dementia and their carers. ReConnect brings people together through music to improve wellbeing and quality of life, whatever a person's age or stage. On this page you will find guidance about using the resource, a playlist of videos, downloadable lyrics, and guidance on singing during COVID-19.
Join in and get active
ReConnect is a music-making project and you are encouraged to join in. You do not need any musical skill or experience to take part! In these videos, just as in a live ReConnect session, we aim to create a sense of connection and intimacy. You are invited to find or create some simple percussion instruments, and in the introductory video we'll show some examples and suggest ideas for playing along. You are also welcome to use these videos in any way you wish – you might want to use movement, find a partner to play with, or simply enjoy listening.
We have included videos of some popular songs but please note that there are currently restrictions on singing in groups and care homes. Information on the Scottish Government guidelines can be found here.
Using the playlist
You can work through the videos in order to enjoy a balance of relaxing and active experiences, or simply select one or two that suit you right now. You're encouraged to be flexible - repeat things, change things, only use one, or play the whole lot - find what works for you! Our ReConnect videos offer lots of ways to engage and the playlist includes:
- well-known music, easy to recognise
- gentle, relaxing music
- energising music
- music to play along with
- music made up on the spot, to play or move with
- music for listening
- a welcome and goodbye song (particularly useful for group leaders)
Let us know how you get on!
We’d love to hear your feedback and your stories. To get in touch email firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like this resource in a different format? Please get in touch with us at email@example.com to discuss how we can get this resource to you.
To find out more about our live ReConnect workshops and to watch a short documentary video click here.
Download the song lyrics here
For people working in groups
Developed and delivered in partnership with
NHS Lothian and the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development, University of Edinburgh
Kindly supported by
The Morton Charitable Trust