Sing to Beat Parkinson's Practitioner Training

Series: Cross-sector Training

Ideas explored: improving musicians' health and wellbeing, music for health and wellbeing

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s groups use techniques based on years of research to help those with Parkinson’s to maintain or improve their psychological and physical wellbeing through taking part in regular singing activity.

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s meet annually at Snape Maltings to deliver a 2-day training residency for music leaders wanting to gain the specialist skills and experience required to run singing groups for people living with Parkinson’s.

The course is led by:

Grenville Hancox (Honorary Professor in Music, Health and Well Being, University of Kent; Artistic Director and Founder, Sing to Beat Parkinson’s) & Nicola Wydenbach (Director of Training at Sing to Beat Parkinson’s) with specialist input by Dr Trish Vella-Burrows.

The course is split into two levels:

Stage 1 – for NEW participants to

  • gain a greater awareness and understanding of singing and Parkinson’s
  • work alongside people living with Parkinson’s and their companions in practical workshops
  • seek advice on how to set up, fund and run a Parkinson’s singing group

Stage 2 – for RETURNING participants to

  • share experiences, best practice and repertoire
  • network, problem solve, and discuss common issues

Further details can be found on the Sing to Beat website: