Why host a music experience
What’s in it for you?
Hosting a music activity means you can:
share your passion for music
learn new skills
boost your confidence with an audience
get better at presenting
bring your community together
What’s in it for your community?
bring different people together
build morale, belonging and participation
increase the understanding of brain health and how to use music and sound to improve it
increase lung and circulation health
improve mental wellbeing and resilience by teaching how to focus the brain
boost the formation of new brain cells through learning new songs
improve memory through practice and repetition
What you need
Dr Rock says:
a musical instrument (your voice is one!)
“You don’t need to play an instrument. Use your voice even if you’re not the best singer. Or even just gather some pots and pans from your kitchen to bang on. It’s more about coming together to make music in whatever way you want to.”
a PC, laptop or tablet
“Any device big or small will do as long as you can download Zoom onto it.”
access to Zoom
“I find that Zoom is the best video conferencing tool to run music activities. You can use ‘share screen’ to share the song lyrics or sheet music in your session. The chat function also helps you know if people need help with anything without interruption.”
“This is more important than anything else. Bring all your energy to the session and people will have a fantastic time.”
Before you start
1Find a few people to help run the activity
You’re only one person so maybe you want to share the experience with a few like-minded people in your community.
2Ask your community what kind of music they enjoy
Find out what music they’d like to play or sing along to. Use a survey or poll on social media.
3Name your music activity
Give your music activity some personality or a theme.
4Set up Zoom on your device if you don’t already have it
There are lots of guides on using Zoom to help you. You can also look at our How to set up an online activity guide.
5Find a quiet place in your home
Make sure you set yourself up in a room where you will not have interruptions.
During the session
1Be enthusiastic and fun
The way you present yourself, and the level of energy you bring, will be the difference between a good and a great session. Be yourself, don’t try too hard, and be upbeat and motivating.
2Explain the structure (and etiquette) of the session
Do this right at the start. Let people know what to expect and how they can interact with you. For example: if they have a question, tell them to use the comment function in Zoom rather than shouting out.
3Give clear instructions
If you’re giving people instructions, for example: to sing from the song lyrics on screen or tap along to certain beats in the music, speak clearly and slowly.
4Run a test session with your friends and family
To make sure all your equipment works and that you’re confident in the structure of the session and what you need to do, when.
After the session
1Let other people know how it went
Encourage more people to come along next time by letting others know what they missed.
2Ask your community for feedback
Do another survey or poll on social media so you can make your music activity better next time.
Start your own Music Diet Club
To get more people involved, promote your quiz on Co-operate.
Other music groups to inspire you
Free resources from Dr Rock
Gain more knowledge of how the brain is affected by music.
Free taster sessions: musicdietclub.com/tasters
Read her book online: musicdietclub.com/the-book
“I’ve been examining the effects of music on the brain and body for over 25 years. In 2020 I launched the Music Diet Club to help people harness the power of music through singing, learning instruments, listening and moving.”
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