For your convenience, our top three most common questions are answered right here.
Q: What is an “intergenerational gap?”
A: A difference in beliefs, values, and culture between children and older adults. These differences, and more, lead to negative perceptions of one generation by the other. Click here to learn more about how IMHope addresses this gap, as well as the benefits of our programming for both demographics.
Q: Do I need any musical experience to take part in this program?
A: In short, no. Music is simply used as the vehicle through we bring seniors and children together. If you don’t feel comfortable playing an instrument or singing, there are other ways you can contribute to the success of the visit. For instance, you can interact with the seniors and children, help more withdrawn children engage with the seniors, lead non-musical activities, and circulate around the room to make sure that no one is left out. These were just a few examples, but the point is that you don’t need to have a musical background in order to make a meaningful contribution to the program.
Q: Why are ukuleles used instead of other instruments?
A: For one, ukuleles are small and easier for the children to handle. Moreover, despite their size, they require concentrated effort from the children in order to learn how to play them. This ensures that there is a good balance between being challenged, and having a task that the children can accomplish.
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