6 Week Course: Lead Your Own Memory Choir

Cheryl Hodge, President of the Dementia Singalong Therapy Program



WELCOME; SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN THIS PAGE for tools, course description, and the 6-week online training course outline. President, and former Berklee College of Music voice & sight singing instructor, Cheryl Hodge, leads you through a  series of exercises, familiar songs, cueing mechanisms, and story skills. These help to create new neural pathways in brains of residents & loved ones affected by dementia. The methods have been shown to improve memory in choir participants. You will learn to play by memory 36 songs (chords, lyrics, melody). You will be able to lead the group in a warm up designed to increase the oxygen level in the singers' brains, and relax their throat to ready them for singing. You will understand vocal cues & visual cues. You will learn how to help your choir "mine memories". A non-accredited course. Cost of course: $225. (Includes a digital download of pictured book + companion song mp3s), as well as weekly instructive videos, music, class material, projects and quizzes.

YES! I want SIGN-UP for this Online 6-Week Course! (Click on picture to register for course). Then choose "send". Under "notes" please specify memory choir training program, then pay $225. As soon as you pay and provide your email address, we will send you the course lessons and instructions.

Before you sign up and pay for this course, you will need to be aware of a few things: 

Important; read below before paying.

There are  plenty of employment opportunities out there in this line of work, but we are not an employment organization.                                                                                                                                                                             This is a NON-ACCREDITED course. However, you will be learning to employ a series of tools, from which you will be taught how to generate work for yourself in the field of teaching Memory Choirs. We will not provide the work for you; but we will show you how to get it!  See Week-by-Week Lesson Plan, below.

This is NOT a music theory course. Before you take this course you need to already know how to play and sing songs from memory. This is because you will be guiding a group, helping THEM memorize!  

Course money is non-refundable ($225. total) Sign up and pay by clicking on the image to the left. Congratulations!

Introduction/Course Syllabus; What to Expect in this Course                                                         

Your instructor will email you the links to private webpages which contain weekly lessons. 

1.  Tools needed to qualify to attend this course: 

a.  Before taking this week-by-week online course, you should already know how to play basic triads in all keys on either guitar or piano. If you can't do this then you will most likely find the course frustrating .  I would suggest taking a few months (prior to taking this course) learning how to play basic chords and sing on a few memorized songs!  Learn to sing without looking at the chords while you are playing.  Helpful theory links: Basic guitar chords/voicings:  https://www.guitar-chord.org/chart.html Basic piano chords:  http://www.kidung.com/chord_piano.htm, Voice leading keyboard techniques: https://online.berklee.edu/takenote/basic-piano-voicing-techniques/

b.  Download text book & mp3s:  Alzheimer’s, Dementia & The Healing Power of Music (sent to you after you pay the course fee).

c.  Instruments, etc. A light weight (easy to carry) keyboard (preferable), or acoustic guitar.  Optional:  percussion toys; table that raises and lowers. 

2.   Skills you will learn in this class: 

a.  Leading a memory choir in warm-ups 

b.  Knowing 36 songs on the list of possible memory choir songs. (Playing basic chords of songs in "universal" keys listed, on keyboard or guitar) 

c.  Able to give word cues before lines in songs, while playing 

d.  Able to give visual cues, while playing and singing 

e.   Able to lead a memory choir in discussion, between songs; able to help direct a conversation to bring up memories 

f.   Able to help residents understand how to remember lyrics (rhyming, storyline, couplets)

g.   Able to always show  an optimistic attitude; and social skills. (demonstrate a sense of humor; good listening skills.) 

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