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Re: Playing For Nursing Homes/Senior Centers, etc..... [Re: Rob Mullins] #2727941
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Originally Posted by Rob Mullins
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Be SURE to put a tip jar out there.


At least in my area, in a nursing home or assisted-living facility a tips jar would be hugely inappropriate. Also pointless, since the residents do not carry money with them.

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Re: Playing For Nursing Homes/Senior Centers, etc..... [Re: Mike A] #2728003
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Originally Posted by Mike A
Originally Posted by Rob Mullins
Oh and P.S.
Be SURE to put a tip jar out there.


At least in my area, in a nursing home or assisted-living facility a tips jar would be hugely inappropriate. Also pointless, since the residents do not carry money with them.


Yeah, but who knows, you pick up a free set of dentures! laugh


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Re: Playing For Nursing Homes/Senior Centers, etc..... [Re: LadyAcadia] #2728110
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Maybe a few of your family or friends might want to help by bringing a batch of homemade cookies or cake to share with the residents. It's best to check with the resident administrator if that's permissible


In my province, no homemade food is allowed in the care homes to prevent contamination with bacteria which could make the residents sick. Store bought sealed items are allowed.

Care homes have a set of rules and regulations, so anyone who is doing something for the residents, even just planning a birthday party for a relative/friend, should ask for them. Aids or nurses are not always fully cognizant about the rules which don't apply to their own area of responsibilities..

Re: Playing For Nursing Homes/Senior Centers, etc..... [Re: newbert] #2728197
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I've done it twice, once with my duet partner and the second time with my daughters (at the same assisted living place). We only played the classical repertory, but it went very well, even though the first time I was a nervous wreck and made tons of mistakes. I noticed that the residents liked a little conversation in between the pieces and overall.

Re: Playing For Nursing Homes/Senior Centers, etc..... [Re: dumka1] #2728429
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Thanks for all of the ideas and advice. I'm going to try substituting (or adding) some simple Beatles songs, but I won't be bringing a tip jar. smile Gotta get back to practicing now!


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Re: Playing For Nursing Homes/Senior Centers, etc..... [Re: Mike A] #2728576
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The Nearness of You - Hoagy Carmichael
As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld
When Sunny Gets Blue - Marvin Fisher
All In Love Is Fair - Stevie Wonder
Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered) - Rodgers and Hart
Misty - Erroll Garner
Star Dust - Hoagy Carmichael
I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry - Jule Styne
All The Way - Sammy Cahn
NY State of Mind - Billy Joel

Encore (If Merited) - Souvenir - Billy Joel


These are great tunes, but they're all ballads ... I'll second the suggestion to add some up-tempo tunes to the setlist.

I always like to throw in tunes from my "OTS" list, as I call it: Old Time Songs. They're always well received. Things like:

Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Makin' Whoopee
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Side by Side
Tea for Two

Cheers to you for doing this! You'll enjoy it and learn from it, and they'll love it.


I used to play such stuff for old time and modern dancing, for the elderly crowd at the working men's club where this work was. Like, twenty years ago
They told us (a three piece) that they wanted the new tunes instead. Well, "My Yidishee Momma" was new to me . . . . so was "Red sails in the Sunset"

We didn't last too long there!


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Re: Playing For Nursing Homes/Senior Centers, etc..... [Re: newbert] #2728785
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I've been doing this for years. Sometimes background music for dinners etc. Sometimes for sort of mini concerts. I've even played music while people are arriving for Senior Readers plays. A couple times I played appropriate music to lead into the themes for play acts. Various other situation too like Christmas music for Christmas functions of various types. If you do it a few times you'll get requests that you can add "next time"

I've even had a few who used to play themselves and I always encourage them to play anything they remember. One lady could obviously play well at one time but could only remember "How Much is that Doggy in the Window" She played it over and over, I think she'd still be playing it if I didn't gently suggested it was my turn. She was all smiles an her eyes lit up. The audience love it.

I've even typed up some lyric sheets for the most common and most loved songs.

All very low key, non judgemental environments and lots of fun. It's even more fun now that I'm a senior citizen myself.

Almost anything is appropriate and appreciated. Remember, although their situation is common, they are from all walks of life and have all kinds of tastes in music just like all of us. They're just folks.

If you get a chance, do it. You won't be sorry and it's a good experience for the player AND the audience.

Fun stuff!

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Re: Playing For Nursing Homes/Senior Centers, etc..... [Re: newbert] #2728798
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My late mother-in-law was in a couple of nursing homes the last several years of her life. I was fortunate enough to play for the senior residents on many occasions. The activities director for one of the nursing homes asked me to play on a regular basis once a month on Sunday afternoons. Over time, I played all of my instruments, and usually sang as I played. I played my acoustic guitar, 5-stringed banjo, violin and, of course, the piano. I enjoyed playing them all, but I really enjoyed playing the piano because it is my newest instrument I'm learning to play.

On the Sunday gigs I played mostly older Church hymns and southern Gospel songs. It seemed like I had an endless supply of material because I've been involved in Church most of my life. Sometimes the residents, almost all in wheelchairs, would sing along. I'll never forget the smiles on those mature faces. smile

The thought of adding a bit of joy, happiness, entertainment, and inspiration to their lives was priceless.

On occasion, (other than Sundays) I'd back-slide a bit and play some oldies rock-n-roll, boogie-woogie and blues. Not only would I notice the smiles, but just a bit of weaving and bobbing, and tapping the feet in those wheelchairs was a sight to see. I'd play Ray Charles, "I can't stop loving you", "Georgia on my mind", Elvis and Willie's "You were always on my mind"; Fat's domino's "Blueberry Hill" and "Twist", Little Richard's "Good-golly miss Molly" and "Tutti-Fruitti"; Jerry Lee's "Whole lotta shakin". I'd slow it down a bit and play "Somewhere over the rainbow" or "America the beautiful", or some old country music tunes by Hank Williams senior. I know they enjoyed it, but it was a lot of fun for me too. For one reason, they actually thought I could play a piano. smile

Sometimes I'd play my own original songs and arraignments, but since they'd never heard those tunes, they weren't as excited, or my original tunes weren't that good (or a combination of the two). smile

Since my mother-in-law passed away, I miss going to the nursing home and performing for the residents. With my wife being severely disabled herself, I find it hard to breakaway and take the time to go play.

I didn't mean to be so wordy, but the bottom line is the nursing home residents will enjoy anything you play. They mostly enjoy the time someone is willing to spend with them...

Rick


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