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 method is 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…)
In collaboration with Creative Futures and the University College London
Sounding out – music for deaf students
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.
At the end of the second school year, Sounding Out students participated at the Wandsworth Music Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, with a performance in collaboration with the theatre group and the set design group of their school.
Every year blog articles are published on Youth Music.
At the end of the research, a toolkit for teachers and educators working with deaf children will be released on Creative Futures website, with tips, activities and videos describing the research, written by Tiziana Pozzo and Dr Kathrine Mason.
Music and executive functions
The research evaluation will be conducted by Professor Graham Welch from the UCL Institute of Education, London.
In 2018 Music and Cognition research group was born formed by Alice, Kathrine and Tiziana.
Music and autism
During the sessions, the children are stimulated musically through song, movement, body percussion and the use of musical instruments. There is a creative and positive atmosphere which provides an encouraging environment for the children to participate in the sessions. It leaves space for their responses using music, the motor functions or language.
The programme has these objectives:
- development of verbal and non-verbal communication;
- attention, concentration and memory
- development of body image and psychomotricity (gross motor skills and fine motor skills)
- flexibility and adapting to change
- coordination of the motor functions
- sharing experiences, attention to the group, self-control
- imitation and timing
Music for elderly people
The project is dedicated to the elderly who are affected by motor neurone disease.
The sessions 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 on playful musical games, rhythm and intrapersonal/interpersonal work.