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For Live-Stream Virtual Sessions:

  • Prepare a song list that includes some well-known material from the 40’s – 70’s focusing on upbeat, loving, cheerful, and hopeful music that will last approx 50 minutes.
  • Dress up with nice clothing, combed hair, and a bright smile and be prepared to perform 15 minutes prior to the session.
  • Warm-up your voice and your instrument 10 minutes prior to the session.
  • Once connected online, speak clearly so the audience can hear what you say: Introduce yourself and your songs. NOTE: While playing, you can mute the audience so you won’t be able to hear them singing. After each song, you can unmute the audience and ask for requests or offer a short story – whatever suits your style. It’s most important to Heart & Hope Music to make our audiences feel engaged during the session.
  • End the session with a cheerful, upbeat song and encourage people to sing and clap along. You can end the sessions asking if they would like to see you play virtually on a regular monthly basis! Our goal is to have regularly scheduled live sessions the residents and caregivers of nursing facilities can anticipate and look forward to!

For In-Person Sessions (NOTE – These will not occur until after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted):

  • Prepare a song list that includes some well-known material from the 40’s – 70’s focusing on upbeat, loving, cheerful and hopeful music that will last approx 50 minutes.
  • Dress up with nice clothing, clean hair, and a bright smile. Please, no perfume.
  • Arrive at the facility 15 minutes prior to the session and greet the facility staff and residents, get set up and warmed up.
  • Introduce yourself and your songs.
  • Feel free to take requests.
  • End on an upbeat note.

General Session Tips:

  • If your act consists of music, please be sure to include some well-known material, preferably songs with which the residents can sing along. The more you involve your audience, the better! Asking for participation such as singing or clapping along is a way to include the audience. Passing around props, asking questions and frequent eye contact also encourage residents’ participation.
  • Try to include some upbeat material and end on a positive note.
  • Come to your show rehearsed and prepared. If yours is a musical act, your setlist should be established although a willingness to take requests is encouraged.
  • Plan on performing for 50 minutes and spending a total of one hour with the audience.
  • Members of some audiences are often hearing-impaired or medicated; speak loudly, slowly, and clearly.
  • We encourage your active communication with the audience. You might talk about your act and material – especially if the audience is likely to be unfamiliar with what you do. They like to know who you are, where you are from, and how you got into performing. Talking with your audience, making eye contact and a sincere, supportive attitude will help to develop trust and enthusiasm.
  • Please obtain prior permission if you plan to bring a guest, child, or animal.

You have been chosen to be a Heart & Hope performer because of your unique talent and your willingness to share the joy of music and performing arts with isolated audiences. We trust you to use your best judgment in performing for each and every audience. We are confident that you will represent Heart & Hope Music well.

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