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Playlist for Students


Currently free to UK
universities and colleges

There is mounting evidence that people with dementia can benefit immensely from listening to personally meaningful music. 

Playlist for Life’s free eLearning course introduces students to the power of personal playlists in dementia care. This is an evidence-based, person-centred intervention that supports health and well-being, promotes independence, and helps people to live well with dementia.

Personal playlists have been shown to improve mood (McDermott, 2014), reduce anxiety (Sung et al., 2010), and improve communication (Prescott, 2015)

The 2-hour online course is led by Andy Lowndes, Playlist for Life’s deputy chair. As a former mental health nurse and nursing academic, Andy has a vast amount of experience of working directly with people living with dementia and helped to establish Playlist for Life as a highly respected UK-wide charity.

This course is specifically for universities and colleges to offer to a group of students. Academic staff can easily upload their own students and track progress through their own dashboard. For more information, please get in touch.

If you are a student and are interested in this training, please click here for more information.

What you'll learn

An introduction to the power of music

What dementia is and how it can affect someone

How to find the best music and make a playlist

Meet some of the amazing people with dementia and carers we have worked with over the years

What's included

7 x online lessons to work through at your own pace containing video interviews with experts and inspiring case studies demonstrating the benefits of playlists

Print off and keep your certificate of completion once you’ve finished the course

Test your knowledge through quizzes to help reinforce your learning

Access to the course for as long as we offer it so you can come back and check any aspect whenever you want

The Playlist for Life eLearning package was very informative and it is the most person-centred approach I have ever seen. It is unique and helps the person with dementia to find their own sense of identity and connect with their loved ones.

Student Nurse

Course overview

The course consists of the following topics. 

Why Playlist for Life?

About dementia

Becoming a music detective

Playlist in practice