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The Music Engagement Program (MEP) is an international leader in music education and community music outreach. For over 20 years the MEP has delivered programs in the ACT's education, community and arts sectors, reaching many thousands of students, aged care residents and community members each year. The program is led by Founder Adj. Prof. Susan West, and Dr Georgia Pike...
During the pandemic the MEP continued music outreach opportunities online with schools and communities. On Friday 23rd April 2021, a small group of volunteers sang at Mirinjani Nursing Home - the first face-to-face MEP outreach since lockdowns began in 2020! This takes place on the back of research being published that shows that the MEP approach improved the mental health and wellbeing of people living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Read the research paper.
Inspired by Susan West, Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen of the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill (in the South Island) has established Singing Outreach Aotearoa! Singing outreach is now spreading across Invercargill, into Dunedin, and north to Christchurch and Wellington...