Singing in Care & Residential Homes in Dawlish & Teignmouth
Enjoy a singing session in your care home led by professional musician, Cecilia Middleton.
An hour of music making, designed to sing your residents happy, stir the memory and boost confidence. Please read on…
Since 2014 I have taken my passion for singing and music into care homes around Dawlish, Teignmouth and Shaldon, South Devon. I accompany myself with the ukulele. Not only is it a bright, cheerful instrument, it makes a light and gentle sound. It’s not too overpowering for people who prefer a softer, quieter session. I am happy to “perform”, but that’s not my aim. I facilitate others’ singing; to aid their memory, increase alertness and communication as well as boost self-esteem and increase general happiness. I don’t necessarily go in with a set playlist, but try to be led by the needs and preferences of the residents. They are encouraged to suggest their favourite song, and if I don’t know it, I will do my best to learn it for next time!
I have a large repertoire of songs including those from the music halls, wartime, nursery rhymes, musicals, hymns and folk songs. Generally, the older songs work well, those that were familiar to them as young adults. Research suggests that as dementia progresses, music from their childhood becomes increasingly engaging and stimulating.*
Here’s a small selection of my songs:
- All the nice girls like a sailor
- Bring me sunshine
- Daisy bell (Bicycle built for two)
- Don’t sit under the apple tree
- How much is that doggie in the window?
- I’m forever blowing bubbles
- Lambeth walk
- My Bonnie lies over the ocean
- Pack up your troubles
- She’ll be coming round the mountain
- Show me the way to go home
- What shall we do with a drunken sailor?
- When the saints go marching in
- White cliffs of Dover
- Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye
- You are my sunshine
… and many, many, many more!
Each singing session is different, depending on the home. If you would like to book a session, or would like to know more information, please give me a ring. my number is on the contact page.
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I like to finish a session with a goodbye song. This one was made popular in the second world war by Gracie Fields, and was later sung by Dame Vera Lynn. #dawlish #dawlishcarehome #teignmouth #teignmouthcarehome #carehomesinger #ukulele #graciefields #worldwar2songs #wishmeluckasyouwavemegoodbye
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After the summer break, it's been lovely singing in all the local care homes. I find that this song usually goes down well. Everybody knows the tune, so even those with advancing dementia can join in. I like to get people to suggest verses. My favourite so far is, "She'll be wearing khaki bloomers when she comes!" #dawlish #dawlishcarehome #carehomesinger #shellbecomingroundthemountain #ukulele
“Cecilia has been visiting both my homes monthly for over a year now, and the residents really look forward to her singing sessions. You don’t have to be in the room to hear how they respond to the songs, which are well known to them. She is gentle in her approach and if anyone is looking for cost effective entertainment, I would certainly recommend Cecilia.”
Sally, Director of Barton House & Barton Lodge, Dawlish.
I have an enhanced DBS Certificate that can be produced on request.
I currently visit Teignbridge House, Barton House, Barton Lodge, The White House, Croft Lodge and Glenkealey.
* Research lead author Linda Maguire. Read more here..