Share memories in your community this Musical Tea month

Come together to share stories and songs from your past, and encourage others to do the same!

A Musical Tea is a fun way to bring people together to explore personally meaningful music that makes up the soundtrack of their life.

Help people discover the music that evokes happy memories and share resources on how to create a unique personalised playlist over a cuppa and cake to help us raise awareness of the power of personal music for dementia.

Register for your free Musical Tea resource pack today and you’ll receive everything you need to plan your event including invites, top tips, and recipes to inspire.

Scone Library Host Musical Tea for reminiscence group

Earlier this month Karen Donaldson, Volunteer Coordinator at Culture Perth & Kinross, helped arrange a Musical Tea event at Scone LibraryShe shares their highlights and how they organised their event below. Thanks to Karen and the rest of the team for helping to raising awareness!

Most of the people who attended were those who came to my reminiscence sessions pre-lockdown. It was such a happy session. Everyone was relaxed and delighted to be back together, and they soon started talking about their musical memories and why they meant something to them. Some of them were amazed that Ken, our volunteer, was able to key the songs into his device and play it to them – it was a joy to see. Five of the attendees want support compiling their own playlists.

Karen Donaldson

It was very informative, very well presented, and made me look forward to more. I like these sessions as you get an idea of what the past was like for others.

Attendee

How we planned our Musical Tea event

  • We put up a poster in Scone Library, which was promoted in the Scone community magazine and by Culture Perth & Kinross Facebook and Twitter. Posts were then reposted and retweeted by the local community groups.
  • Places on the session had to be pre-booked and attendees were asked about any food allergies and music preferences.
  • We prepared a playlist of their music choices and it was played during the session.
  • Karen and Margo at Scone Library helped re-arrange the furniture to make the area as covid-safe as possible. Numbers were limited to allow for distancing and couples were asked to sit together.

Get involved! 

Would you like to host a Musical Tea for a dementia group in your local area? It’s quick and easy to register – simply fill out the form at the link below to receive your free resource pack.

For more advice on how to make your event inclusive for all, read our suggestions for hosting a dementia friendly event.