MUSIC IN EDUCATION AND THERAPY
“Music plays an important role in our everyday lives. It can be exciting or calming, joyful or poignant, can stir memories and powerfully resonate with our feelings, helping us to express them and to communicate with others.” (British Association for Music Therapy 2018)
Music therapy can be used by just about anyone at any time for fun and recreation, for physical exercise and co- ordination, or as an aid to working with children and/or people with special educational needs.
Music is particularly useful when working with people suffering from dementia or brain injury,We know that the auditory system of the brain is the first to fully function at 16 weeks, we are musically receptive long before anything else. So it’s a case of first in, last out when it comes to a dementia-type breakdown of memory.’
The process of making and listening to music can provide a channel for communication and expression that goes beyond what is easily expressed in words.
Although using music therapy is mostly used to work with special needs clients, it can be used to address many emotional, cognitive, and social issues in people of all ages and abilities. From helping profoundly disabled people to accompany ambient music, to song writing and chord theory for accomplished musicians, Our approach is tailored to suit the individuals we work with on a session-to-session basis.
Do I need to be a musician to work with music as a therapy?
No – Although it can certainly help to have musical training, most of us have an inherent musical ability, so people are often surprised at the ease and joy of participating in expressive music sessions. The most important elements for using music as a therapy are enthusiasm and creativity, so formal music training is not required!
Who are these courses designed for?
Just about anyone can enjoy and benefit from our courses – counsellors, CPN’s, carers, teachers, special interest groups or clients with special needs. We tailor courses to meet the needs of the participants; courses for people wanting to use the experience to benefit their work roles will be different to those catering for groups with special educational needs.
CONTENTS OF COURSE – Our courses contain most if not all of these elements, time permitting . . .
Expressive work with percussion instruments and voices– using drums, shakers, bells and voices, develop improvised pieces of music using rhythms and ambient sounds that reflects colours, moods, feelings.
Soundscapes– working in small groups, develop pieces of ambient music that reflect images, landscapes, journeys . . .
Stories and Music– working in small groups, either write, or use an existing story to set with musical accompaniment, A powerful method of self expression which allows individuals to explore their own experiences through the medium of story making.
Songwriting – Another powerful way of expressing inner feelings and issues through song lyrics, combining with either ambient or structured music forms. A range of simple, easy to play instruments can be used, including ukuleles and other stringed instruments and percussion. Songs can be recorded and taken away from the sessions.
Singing – Your chance for a really good sing-along! A selection of songs with guitar accompaniment to clear the airways, raise the heart rate and regulate breathing.