What is the Press Play to Rewind Course?

An Overview

In this course you will be provided with all the hands-on training, support and coaching to have the skills, knowledge and confidence to use meaningful music with your loved one(s) living with dementia in care settings. The course is split into 4 modules and each module has a variety of learning styles - videos, audio, and text. You will be part of a wider community of other learners and Press Play to Rewind champions and will have access to an exclusive Facebook group as well as fortnightly coaching sessions to chat with likeminded people on similar journeys.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course you will:

• Have a deeper understanding of the health and wellbeing benefits of music • Have an overview of the ways in which our brain responds to music • Be able to explain the science behind why music works, and the health and wellbeing benefits in a clear and concise way • Have a deeper understanding of the specific ways in which music can benefit individuals living with dementia • Have an overview of the importance of embedding music into dementia care • Be able to explain the benefits of music in dementia care • Have a deeper understanding of the ways in which the use of personalised playlists can benefit people living with dementia • Have the confidence to initiate meaningful conversations to stimulate musical memories • Have the skills needed to create and play personalised playlists dependent on resources you already have available to you • Have the confidence to embed music into your daily dementia care, and have the support to do this.


Senior Instructor

Rosie Mead

Rosie is on a mission to bring music to everyone with lived experience of dementia around the world. She set up Musica in 2010 out of a passion to integrate music into dementia care. She is an academic researcher, currently finishing a PhD in Sociology exploring the role of music within acute hospital care for patients with dementia. Rosie provides consultancy to care homes looking to improve their dementia care, and she has given many guest lectures on Music and Dementia at Universities and events around the world.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Pre-Preparation: Get Ready for the Course

    • Welcome! Programme Introduction

    • Introducing Musica

    • Introducing Rosie Mead

    • Pre-course self-assessment (please complete this!)

    • Join the facebook group: Press Play to Rewind Online Community

    • Group coaching sessions - dates and instructions on joining

    • DOWNLOAD Recommended Reading List

    • VIDEO: navigating challenging situations

  • 2

    Knowledge Vault

    • Start Here!

    • Useful Websites

    • A Report from the Commission on Music and Dementia

    • Rosie Mead's Pilot Study Infographic

    • Arts on Prescription

    • Creative Health Inquiry Report 2017

    • Evidence-Based guidelines for using individualized music with people living with dementia

    • Music Playlists for People with Dementia: A Guide for Carers, Health Workers and Family

  • 3

    Module One - Why and How Music Works

    • 1.1 Module introduction

    • 1.2 VIDEO Music and the Brain

    • 1.3 PODCAST - The Musical Brain

    • 1.4 VIDEOS How the Brain Processes Music

    • 1.5 VIDEO Musicking

    • 1.6 VIDEOS Health Benefits of Music

    • 1.7 End of Module Feedback

  • 4

    Module Two - Benefits of Music in Dementia Care

    • 2.1 Module Introduction

    • 2.2 VIDEOS Music in Dementia Care

    • 2.3 VIDEO Music and Agitation

    • 2.4 VIDEO Identity and Sense of Self

    • 2.5 VIDEO Communication - music in action

    • 2.6 VIDEO Music and Reminiscence in Action

    • 2.7 VIDEO Musical Connectedness

    • 2.8 VIDEO Music at different times of the day

    • 2.9 End of Module Feedback

  • 5

    Module Three - Engaging in Musical Activities Together

    • 3.1 VIDEO introduction

    • 3.2 VIDEO Musica Connect

    • 3.3 Engaging in music together

  • 6

    Module Four - Creating Personalised Playlists

    • 4.1 Module Introduction

    • 4.2 VIDEO - Benefits of Personalised Music Listening

    • 4.3 VIDEOS Power of personalised playlists in Action

    • 4.4 DOWNLOAD How to Have Meaningful Conversations

    • 4.5 A note on Getting to Know You

    • 4.5 DOWNLOAD Getting to Know You Document

    • 4.6 WEBSITE BBC Music Memories

    • 4.7 VIDEOS Using Spotify

    • 4.8 VIDEOS Google Home

    • 4.9 WEBSITE - how to set up an iPod

    • 4.11 End of Module Feedback

  • 7

    Course Completion- Well Done!

    • Congratulations! What happens next?

    • End of course feedback PLEASE COMPLETE THIS!

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