What is intergenerational music?

“A society that cuts off older people from meaningful contact with children….is greatly endangered. In the presence of grandparents and grandchildren, past and future merge into the present. ” ~ Margaret Mead

For years I worked with the young and the old separated. I witnessed how periodic performances by children brought such joy to the lives of the nursing home residents. So when a teacher approached me about having an activity where the two groups were engaged, I jumped at the opportunity. The rest is history. The benefits of intergenerational music for both generations include: Therapeutic singing and moving – Opportunities for creativity and self expression – Development of relationships and friendship – Opportunities for socialization – Appreciating a different generation

  • Wondering where to find participants for your intergenerational group?

  • Wondering how to get a senior living community to host an IG event?

A free webinar series will be available in February 2015 to help you cook up a crowd pleasing IG session. Sign-up for the Session Cafe emails indicating you’d like to know more about intergenerational groups.

A peek into a Music Sparks Sharing session

Every group, every session is unique. This video has snap shots from a few past sessions. It gives a small taste of the magic that happens in these intergenerational groups.


Learn more about intergenerational music groups


Intergenerational resources YOU can use

An interview by Janice Lindstrom, MT-BC

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