Woodland Villa brings innovative drum and piano set to its music therapy program

Woodland Villa resident Basil Serviss rolls out a beat on a portable drum kit the home recently acquired.

Residents can now make and listen to their own music

Woodland Villa has introduced an innovative drum and piano set to its music therapy program.

Music is important to many long-term care residents, and since some people like to make their own music as well as listen to it, the Rock and Roll It instruments fit the bill perfectly, says Lisa Doran, the Long Sault long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

The drum set and piano weigh about a pound each, are made of silicone and plastic, and they can be rolled up for easy storage and transport, Lisa says.

Residents can plug headphones into the instruments, so only they can hear the sounds. Residents of all abilities can use these unique instruments to create their own music.

Resident Basil Serviss has particularly enjoyed the drum pads, Lisa says, adding he has become quite the drummer since Woodland Villa acquired the instrument.

“Residents can change the tempo, they can change the beat, and it comes with foot pedals too – it’s like having a real drum kit,” she says. “It’s working really well.”

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