The Music Exploration Programme is a partnership between The Arts Ability Programme at Wexford County Council and Wexford Mental Health Association/HSE. Emily Redmond is the Music Exploration Officer and she delivers music workshops in person and online to clients within the Mental Health Services throughout County Wexford.
The programme explores the role of music in mental health recovery for individuals attending community mental health services and those in residential settings in the County.
Participants have the opportunity to explore and learn a huge array of musical instruments and musical activities, in a relaxed, safe environment. A sample of some of the instruments: Boomwhackers, handbells, ukulele, keyboard, violin, percussion instruments, djembe and cajun drums, guitar, tin whistle etc.
Some of the activities carried out in the workshops: Song analysis, musical appreciation, song writing, notation, music theory, aural skills, vocal warm ups, singing rounds, singing popular repertoire, graphic notation, drum circles, improvisation – vocal and percussion, conducting, body percussion, composing instrumental pieces etc
The Music Programme embraces partnerships with guest facilitators and community musicians to offer fresh and innovative workshops for participants attending the weekly groups. Here are a sample of some of the collaborations over the last few years – Contemporary dance project with Deirdre Grant, Songwriting projects with Jimi Cullen and Justin Cullen, Drumming with Nicky Bailey and Conor Moore, Traditional Song Project with Aileen Lambert, Vocal workshops with Ellie Bowers Jolley from Wexford Festival Opera and Vocal classes with Patricia Goggins and Ruth Gallagher.