Mind&Melody is a nonprofit organization implementing interactive music programs at healthcare facilities for individuals experiencing Alzheimer's. We bring live performances (on Zoom or in-person), encourage sing-alongs, create a social space, lead activities based on music theory, and spread joy through music!
We are a team of individuals dedicated to helping minds find their melody through music! Over the past two years, we have established five chapters of Mind&Melody across Florida at FIU, FAU-Boca, FAU-Jupiter, UF, and FSU. We currently have Mind&Melody programs running statewide and are looking to create more programs by the end of this year!
So if you want to be part of carrying out this vision and are excited about helping people through music, this session leader internship was made for you! You will be able to use your teaching skills and personality to engage with participants and help brighten their day!
Volunteer Position Description:
Objective:The Session Leader will be responsible for leading the entire music session by teaching the participants the lesson and directing all the planned activities, such as singing songs and playing music games. Training is provided. He/She will report to the President.
*Sessions are Virtual and In-person*
Singing and Guitar/Piano Preferred
We are hiring in Miami, Ft.Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Stuart
Primary Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):
Arriving at least 15mins before the start of the session to set up.
Lead the music session
Must be present at every session
Creating a lesson plan a week before the actual session
Must have reliable transportation
The lesson plan should include:
Chronological list of all planned activities for the session
Estimate of how long each activity will take
Songs which will be sung and how this will be done (karaoke, guitar/piano accompaniment, etc.) Print out lyrics & sheet music
Certain key phrases or analogies that will be used to help participants understand the lesson
Communicate with other volunteers participating in the sessions
Coordinate performances into session plan with other musicians
Gift for your time: $20/hr
Ability to communicate ideas and interact with others via social media (currently using Facebook,Whatsapp, Asana and GoogleDrive)
Strong public speaking and teaching skills
Basic musical knowledge (ability to play an instrument is a plus)
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Organizational skills and attention to detail (mainly for creating session plans)
Creativity and flexibility (adaptable to unexpected situations)
Patience & desire to help others
Please email 1) a copy of your resume, 2) a paragraph of why you want the position and in which city you’re applying for 3) short video showcasing your musical talent to email@example.com
Mind&Melody, Inc. is a non-profit organization that implements interactive music programs with educational and therapeutic benefits for individuals experiencing neurological impairments in order to improve quality of life.
About our Pilot Study:
Dementia is one of the most common neurocognitive disorders vastly affecting older adults worldwide. Dementia is a chronic or progressive disorder of the central nervous system that gradually affects cognitive functions.
While there is no cure for dementia, treatment is available. Music has proven to benefit a wide range of older adults afflicted with cognitive decline. According to research, music has been effective in decreasing dementia related behaviors including agitation, anxiety, and depression as well as improving overall quality of life.
The Mind&Melody Music Program for Participants Experiencing Dementia is designed to cater to those without a music background, and are taught by a team of volunteers that work together to share their passion for teaching, performing music, and improving the quality of life for people with dementia.
The program provides the opportunity for community involvement and simultaneously raises awareness about dementia. Students are given the opportunity to earn community service hours and learn about the daily lives of people with dementia.