Over the years we have worked with Tiny Tempo and with Nordoff Robins to bring music therapy to our children at SNAPS. Our children have no idea that therapy is what it is as they just have huge amounts of noisy fun with the variety of instruments available to them. Whether it be singing along with the wonderful people who deliver the session or being alone and making the instrument make noise, each child gets something different out of it.
Alison Hornblower from Nordoff Robins explains:
“Music making is part and parcel of the way that all children learn about the world around them and develop new skills. It is a safe way of taking risks and developing independence. Music is playful and intrinsically interactive. It is motivating and encourages children and their parents to keep trying things. The Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy recognises the potential in everyone (regardless of illness, disability, trauma or social isolation) for engagement in active, communicative, expressive music-making and the importance of this in developing skills, a sense of self, and a capacity for social interaction. As a Nordoff Robbins music therapist, I work to make music’s opportunities available in ways which are accessible but also impact on people’s lives more generally. My aim is to engage the children who attend SNAPS (and their families) in active music-making and this can occur through improvisation, making use of known music, creating songs or other musical experiences.
One of the unique things about music therapy is the nonverbal basis of the work we do: it’s not just that words aren’t needed; it is that music allows expression and interaction which may simply not be possible in words. People with complex needs or learning difficulties benefit as much as anyone else from opportunities for self-expression and shared interactions with others, but they may need opportunities tailored especially for them.
Amaia enjoying the music!
Working in collaboration with SNAPS has allowed for exploration of a variety of different music therapy formats. Often there is an open group in the hall which very much focuses on social interaction, listening and awareness of others. Often I will use turn-taking activities which allow for opportunities for individual ‘solos’ which are improvised – here I can acknowledge and organise the responses of each individual into a musical framework that has meaning and purpose. Individual sessions allow for more in-depth and focused work which have a very personalised approach according to each individual’s needs. Working alongside SNAPS also provides a unique opportunity to work alongside parents/carers together with their children (and often siblings and other family members) which mean that this the music therapy process can be a collective and shared experience for all”.
Please check our Upcoming section on our website to see when Music Therapy and musical activities are coming to SNAPS
A huge thank you to Amaia’s parents for allowing us to use the fantastic video clip.