Music for Persons Living with Dementia (A Programme for Community Artists)

Are you an artist who cares deeply for community? Have you thought about wanting to share the gift of music with seniors or those living with dementia? Come join us for our Music for Persons Living with Dementia programme under the Esplanade Academy!
An image of a lady singing happily to a senior.

Course Run: 11 – 13 Nov 2024

(Closing date for registration: 11 Oct 2024)

*Interview session may be held on 17 & 18 Oct 2024

Time: 9am – 6pm
Venue: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, The Cube
Course Fees - Before GST: $380.00
Course Fees - After GST: $414.20

Based on the principles of Sing Out Loud! , an Esplanade community engagement programme conceptualised in partnership with Dementia Singapore in 2016, this three-day programme is designed to equip and empower arts practitioners with the skills and knowledge that goes into meaningful and quality singing sessions with persons living with dementia. Participants will learn how to put together an effective basic singing programme for persons with dementia through:


  • An understanding of core musical elements, vocal techniques, and the use of music instruments
  • Effective music improvisation techniques
  • The development and facilitation of customised session plans


"As a choral musician and performer for many years of my life, it is important for me to ensure that music-making is meaningful and impactful. The trainer, Angie, was experienced and... held space for us to find our own voice in delivering the sessions through hands-on activities, assignments and constructive feedback. I am so glad that The Esplanade Academy organised this programme as it supports and equips community workers with the necessary skillsets in order to further impact the wider society.”

– Estelle Ng, Member of Community Choir Vox Camerata


“I felt very touched and inspired to want to continue to impact persons with and without dementia through the gift of music. (Angie’s) pedagogical approaches to teaching singing to persons with dementia and planning effective lessons were very applicable to my own practice.”

– Rachel Ho, Teaching Assistant at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music


About the facilitator

Angelina Choo is a trained singer who has been singing and performing for over 30 years in choirs and a cappella ensembles. She is the founder and Artistic Director of The A Cappella Society and Urban Music Productions, overseeing concert projects, training projects and directing ensembles. She has also done choral conducting work in the past.

Esplanade’s Community Engagement team has been working with Angelina to run Sing Out Loud! for seniors since 2014, and with persons with dementia in partnership with Alzheimer’s Disease Association since 2016.


Who should attend?

Community artists, music students and music educators who intend to engage persons with dementia through singing and music.


Applicants must have a good ear, a love for singing and the ability to play at least one music instrument.


Due to the nature of the programme, shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview session to assess your suitability.

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