WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music, voice, movement, singing and the use of musical instruments help the cognitive, psychomotor and emotional stimulation through activities related to visual-spatial ability, motor coordination and language.
Music therapy is a clinical intervention to support and help people whose lives have been affected by illness, injury, or disability.
This therapy methods are used for infancy all the way through elderly.
At Highbury Park Music you can find one-to-one or group sessions for people of all ages (autism, learning disabilities, hearing impairment, ADHD, Parkinson, Alzheimer…)
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OUR CURRENT MUSIC THERAPY RESEARCH
IN COLLABORATION WITH CREATIVE FUTURES AND THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Sounding out – music for children with hearing impairments
“Sounding out” is a three-year research (2015-2018), funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music and managed and coordinated by the London-based charity Creative Futures, providing a weekly music and music therapy programme based on movement and the use of the voice and instruments. It is for children aged 10-12 years who are affected by hearing impairments and attend two secondary schools in London. The project is organised by Creative Future in collaboration with a research group directed by Professor Deborah Vickers of The Ear Institute and the Professor Graham Welchdal of University College London and the Institute of Education UCL.
The project proposes to investigate and evaluate the following:
- hearing and perception of range of sound
- appreciation of music and musical progress
- non-musical progress (other types of learning)
The research is based on a pre-existing programme developed during previous research conducted in a primary school in London. In this research, the results suggested that a programme of musical training that involves singing also improves aural perception as well as the perception and production of language in students with hearing impairments. Furthermore, it helps to improve their vocal capacity and communication skills by encouraging simplified access to the source of sound as well as enjoyment of the music.
When the project finishes at the end of the school year 2016-2017, Sounding out is expected to participate with the Wandsworth Music Festival in a concert at the Royal Festival Hall. This performance will be in collaboration with theatre and scenography groups from secondary schools.
The research evaluation will be conducted by Professor Graham Welch from the UCL Institute of Education, London.
MUSIC THERAPY FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE
The project is coordinated by Guillermo Rozenthuler for the elderly who are affected by motor neurone disease. The sessions run by Tiziana and Sam, use song, movement and body percussion to stimulate the executive functions (working memory, attention and concentration). They also work to conserve or recover the sense of equilibrium and psychomotor functions (gross motor skills and fine motor skills). This happens in an atmosphere of inclusion and collaboration which encourages positive and stimulating interactions.
The participants are led in warm-up exercises and in singing activities. These activities call back to memory songs and tracks that are known to the participants (in different languages). They also do body percussion as a group and this is based in play, rhythm and interpersonal and cooperative work.