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Music Education Group - York University
Music Education Group (MEG) is an entirely student run, voluntary organisation that works largely in schools, but also in care homes, sheltered accommodation and within York Hospital.
MEG delivers a wide range of music workshops across these locations, including: samba, African drumming, general musicianship and composition.
The Arts Team coordinate sessions with MEG volunteers to deliver music workshops and performances across York Hospital, with direct patient benefit at the centre of all sessions.
Music Education Group Volunteer
"Currently a second year music student, I joined MEG as a first year representative in 2016. I have played flute since the age of 9 and now play regularly in the University Symphony Orchestra and various opera productions. I enjoy dance and musical theatre alongside my classical music studies and my involvement in MEG.
"I began leading workshops in schools with MEG in the summer term of 2016 and became passionate about setting up sessions in the hospital, something MEG had previously been involved with. I work for an hour on the children's ward each week where activities range from singing pop songs to creating soundscapes based around the jungle or a storm. I then spend an hour on a Dementia or Stroke Rehabilitation ward, encouraging patients to sing (or shake!) along to a collection of familiar songs.
"Coming into the hospital is the highlight of my week, as I know that we are putting smiles on the faces of people who may not otherwise have smiled that day, through the simple power of music."