We know from our own experience that music can bring joy, comfort, fun, energy, movement, form and trigger memories. Music can build social connections and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, enable self-expression and spiritual connection. It also can provide a safe space to experience strong human emotions within a cultural form that supports such public expression across a diverse and rich range of cultures and musical genres.
Scientific research is adding to our knowledge of how music impacts in these ways and how it can be used as a tool to:
Across Kirklees, we are determined to work collaboratively to use this knowledge to benefit as many people as possible by developing solutions that build connections between general practice, charitable/voluntary sector, hospitals, care homes, support groups and the education sector.
Learning and leading on from initiatives such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, over the coming months we will be examining how best to put in place the structures, processes, plans and projects to maximise the use of music in health and wellbeing, including:
We will be updating this page with progress and news, so do check back regularly or sign up to our MUSiK newsletter.
HOOT is a leading arts and health not-for-profit organisation offering high quality participative arts programmes with proven health and wellbeing benefits.
Based in Huddersfield and working across North and South Kirklees, HOOT’s specialisms and expertise include adult mental health, dementia, specialist prison work, end of life, group singing, community building and supporting emerging artists and facilitators.
The aim at Hoot Creative Arts is to support participants to build creative and imaginative capacity that is of central importance to building personal resilience in support of our mental and physical health, wellbeing and happiness. Opportunities are created for participants to work with professional artists (musicians, animators, writers, digital artists singers) to support the development of their creativity, confidence, self-esteem, personal growth and creative expression.
Throughout the year projects include:
Our building at Bates Mill includes a Music Studio which hosts one-to-one studio sessions to write, record and produce music with personal assistance from our studio team, whilst Tech-Know and Art of Noise sessions teach a variety of music production and music technology techniques.