Music Care Training – Level 1


Programme fact file

Programme title: Music Care Training - Level 1
The Fundamentals of Music Care: Theory and Context
Qualification: Certificate of attendance
Start date: 21-22 November 2018
13-14 March 2019
Duration: 2 days
Please note that the training course will run 09:00 - 17:00 both days.
Maximum places available: 30
Fees: £200 per person (fees include tuition, course materials, and lunch and refreshments)
Available on weekends/evenings: No

Sociology and Social Policy 

Programme overview

Part of a three level training programme that prepares caregivers to use music in their care practice with increased confidence and theoretical understanding.

Level 1 will introduce you to basic theory of music care, as well as strategies that can be applied to various settings.

This two day course will prepare you to:

  • understand the basic principles of music in care
  • gain confidence using specific music care techniques
  • develop a strategic plan for a music care programme in your practice

Key outcomes

  • Describe the goals of music care and how they can be applied to care settings
  • Discuss the context and impact of music care within a changing healthcare system
  • Position music care as an approach rather than a scope of practice
  • Adopt the impact of rhythm, melody and timbre in care situations
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to the impact of sound and music in a care space
  • Show awareness of a range of music care resources and provide examples
  • Apply 10 music care strategies
  • Build confidence using the voice as an instrument of care
  • Develop a proposal for a music care initiative in a real-life care setting

About Room 217

The University of Nottingham has partnered with the Room 217 Foundation to bring you a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of music's effect in care spaces and in caring relationships. The Room 217 Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation and registered Canadian charity dedicated to caring for the whole person with music.

Room 217’s music care approach is about using music with intention, allowing the therapeutic principles of sound and musical effect inform us. Music care integrates sound, silence and music into the circle of care, paying close attention to how interpersonal connection and human contact is enhanced through musical associations. Music care aims to enhance well-being and quality of life and care for all people.

About Opus Music

OPUS Music Community Interest Company is a UK leader in the delivery of, and training for music-making in healthcare settings. Since 2010, OPUS has delivered music-making practice in a wide variety of care settings across the UK including care homes, hospitals and hospices, alongside programmes of training and apprenticeships which have seen the practice develop across the UK and beyond, most recently into New South Wales, Australia. OPUS was instrumental in the formation of the National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare (NAMIH) which submitted evidence to the recent landmark parliamentary inquiry into the impact of Arts in Healthcare.

Programme detail

What you will learn

This programme is designed to help you better understand how music can work in a care setting. The Music Care Certificate Level 1 course will:

  • give you tools to use music more freely in your professional and personal life
  • help you develop strategies for using music in your care practice, be it caring for a patient, a family member, or for yourself
  • help you develop an awareness of how music can be used strategically to meet certain caregiving goals
  • provide an opportunity to try techniques of music care
  • help you develop a basic understanding of key musical elements and terminology

Who should attend

The programme has been designed for:

  • healthcare providers
  • family and volunteer caregivers
  • musicians
  • teachers
  • any community stakeholders who would like to increase their knowledge and practical applications of music in care

Programme team

Nick Cutts

Nick Cutts is a multi-instrumentalist, playing bassoon, piano, guitar and whistles. Prior to founding OPUS in 2000, Nick managed a professional orchestra for five years, touring the East Midlands with concert performances and programmes of community engagement. Through a European Commission funded programme, he trained as both a Musician in Healthcare, and as a Trainer for Music in Healthcare practice with the Royal Northern College of Music and the acclaimed French organisation Musique et Santé.

Oli Matthews

Oli Matthews is trained in Classical, Jazz and Folk music and works in many different styles which are reflected in the compositions he writes. He plays a range of instruments such as saxes, clarinet, melodeon, cajon and whistles. Oli has been working as part of OPUS’ Music in Healthcare programmes since 2012.


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