“For some children, a more intense approach will be needed from a key adult...attuned and responsive to the emotional needs of the child. The underlying principle is that safety, security and stability need to be established in order for the child to achieve success in other relationships and with tasks.” From ‘Working with Vulnerable Children’ Worcestershire North Educational Psychology Service, Worcestershire County Council
In the last few years mainstream schools
have begun investing their Pupil Premium funding in Music Therapy in order to enhance each pupil’s social, emotional and mental well-being. It has also assisted in the child developing relationships with peers and improving their access to the curriculum.
Where possible MTW adopts an inclusive approach involving parents and carers to share sessions with their children. We also seek to work closely with surrounding school staff and multi-agency teams. We provide clear outcomes and objectives and can offer both long and short term interventions. Whenever possible transferrable skills are passed to those supporting each child.
Music Therapy is an ideal medium for children who may not be able to access verbal counselling and need a safe environment to express their emotions. Work can be most effective when 1:1 and directed at individuals’ specific needs but small group work (maximum of 5 pupils) can be undertaken to address social and relational issues. Pupils do not need a musical background in order to benefit from music therapy.
Music Therapy can also help to support nurture group principles as it sets out to establish a safe, comfortable, secure environment where there is emphasis on helping pupils to explore feelings, encounter positive relationships with adults and with their friends.
Where nurture groups
are in the process of being formed or even wish to introduce new elements, the Music Therapist can:
- create a calm atmosphere
- facilitate social skills
- generate post-play discussion
- address issues of bonding and attachment
- support relaxation techniques
- facilitate communication between adults and children.
- The aim is to increase pupils’ abilities to express themselves and therefore improve academic understanding and social awareness skills and promote better engagement with the curriculum.
If you are interested in discussing a music therapy service for your school further and would like more information, please feel free to contact MTW via our contact page. We are happy to visit school sites in order to discuss how we can provide a bespoke service suited to your particular school environment.