House of Sound and Song
“Het Huis van Lied en Geluid”
In spring 2016, the Genetic Choir has started a new project, putting its expertise in the human voice and improvisation to work in the context of health care homes: Het Huis van Lied en Geluid (The House of Sound and Song) is a participative project, aiming at bringing care home residents, their families and care staff into a closer relationship through voice training and improvisation.
Especially with people whose verbal abilities are changed or impaired, health care staff and family often struggle to maintain personal and meaningful contact. The open approach to the voice and to listening that the Genetic Choir has developed offers a fresh approach to these interactions.
The voice can touch the heart beyond verbal abilities and if you listen intently, even impaired vocalizations can be the basis of intimate contact.
The idea of the project is not only to make residents and staff happier, but to promote family participation in the care of old people by inviting them to make contact in a new and playful way.
People’s audio memory of sounds and music (e.g. favourite songs from their youth) play an increasingly important role as they grow older, and music – even fragments of a melody – can evoke strongly emotions and memories.
Pilot projects have been conducted in the Sarphatihuis and the Flevohuis in Amsterdam. A long term presence of Genetic Choir singers in the Flevohuis on a weekly basis is prepared now, starting in 2019.
The pilot of this project was kindly supported by: