The University of Melbourne is running free online music gatherings for people with a disability, chronic illness or mental health condition and their loved ones. The aim is to have fun, meet new people and help us learn more about online music participation during this time of widespread social isolation.
We are offering two groups for adults and two for young people with a planned start date of mid-June at the following times:
ii. Sing it out LOUD: singing and jamming to promote creative expression and positive experiences of sharing and community building. 6-7PM Wednesdays for people 18 years and older.
iii. Family Time with Music: musical play for families with younger primary school children to foster positive experiences and connect with others. Group times in school holidays: Tuesday & Thursday mornings, plus one individual time: offered the week before school holidays.
iv. My Music, My Life: shared music listening and music video watching with peers for fun (and perhaps critique normativity in pop culture). 4-5PM Mondays for youth aged approximately 16 to 25.
v. Group Relaxation and Music to end the week with music listening and relaxation exercises designed to free the imagination. 4-5PM Fridays for people 18 years and older.
As co-researchers, participants will be asked to discuss what you think of the groups as we go so we can improve them each week. We will also encourage more extended discussions throughout via interviews. Groups will be recorded for the research.
To join a group or find out more contact Anthea at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Grace on 03 9035 8978. Spaces limited and will be filled according to order of communications received.
Program and Opportunity Access
All activities will take place online and participants can join in from their own homes. Participants are welcome to have a friend or carer with them during the session. Organisers are able to assist with other access requirements on request.