Pupils from International School London (ISL) have enjoyed weekly music classes this half term at Bernard Sunley care home, run by charity Friends of the Elderly, in Woking.
For the past six weeks, a group of 20 pupils aged 9-11 years have been visiting the care home to play instruments and sing with a group of residents. The classes, facilitated by ISL’s music teacher, have encouraged both pupils and residents to get involved by singing and making music with various percussion instruments plus sensory ribbons and a parachute. The children have also been performing some songs on guitar and keyboard to the residents and each week took requests that they would then learn and practice in time for the following week.
A resident at Bernard Sunley said: “I have always loved music and have lots of old tunes in my head. I played piano a little when I was younger and in my mind I’m very musical. I really enjoyed the music group – it is wonderful that we were able to bring the older residents together to enjoy music with each other and the children. The music sessions also help to teach the children how to behave around older people.”
Andy Cumper, Manager of Bernard Sunley, said: “The music teacher and the children have been absolutely amazing and have encouraged so much participation from our residents. Each week the whole room was full of energy and those residents involved talked about it for days after. It’s so wonderful to have such a close relationship with ISL and to encourage the children to spend time and interact with the residents – which both groups get so much from. I’d like to give a special thanks to our wonderful activities coordinator, Ewelina Wagner, whose dedication to organising this and other fantastic activities is remarkable.”
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