‘Life in Rhythm’. Sharing our five year journey as a drum group

Miss Lila Meleisea1

1Medea Park Residential Care

Abstract:
Medea Park Residential Care’s ‘Life in Rhythm’ drum group first performed to an audience of 300 at a state wide Early Years conference.  It was one resident’s first performance ever – at 83 years of age.

Since that time, this group has shared the stage with a teenage boys body percussion group and collaborated with the local school, supporting a Primary school DRUMBEAT program. They have shared regular music sessions with children (ages 0-5), and been part of a 70 member strong percussion ensemble for St Helens District High School’s end of year presentation assembly. Most recently, they have recorded a sound track with esteemed musician Pete Cornelius, with a film clip in the pipeline.

We intend to not only share and celebrate this ‘Life in Rhythm’ journey with you through images and story, but also want to offer you skills and ideas to take back to your own facility and community, because rhythm IS a powerful tool for not only self expression but also for group and community connection. Medea Park’s ‘Life in Rhythm’ group have reached 100s of people who have all: witnessed beauty; heard power; and felt deep love and respect. All through rhythmic creative expression.

Biography:
Medea Park is a 55 bed residential aged care facility situated on the north east coast of Tasmania. Five years ago they invited Lila Meleisea to work with them.

Lila has worked in Tasmania’s Break O’ Day Municipality since 2001. She has weaved her unique musical, creative and personal skills, and understandings, through community to promote positive connections – teaching, empowering and inspiring individuals of all ages.

She holds a Bachelor in Music Performance and Primary Education, and is a TaKeTiNa Rhythm and DRUMBEAT facilitator. Currently she works part time in the Education Department, runs movement and mediation workshops, and is also a homemaker and mother of two beautiful girls.

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