It employs techniques popular with music therapists including attunement and person-centred listening. It is delivered in a straightforward fashion with clear boundaries. Music and rhythm are used as a language to encourage engagement, creativity and self expression.
Participants are encouraged express themselves using african djembe drums, tibetan gongs and other percussive instruments from around the world; provided to ensure a creative release for those keen to express their creativity in an alternative way. Initially short sessions of just 30 - 40 minutes a week, building to one hour a week over time and as skills and interest increase.
Over time and with the use of melody and rhythm as a preferred language, participants may begin to create appropriate positive attachments with each other and possibly with the course leader.
This may take time and there is no guarantee of success.
Other potential benefits include :
The therapeutic benefits of singing / chanting / rhythm making
Exposure to wider cultural influence
Cognitive stimulation and challenge
I've worked in music all my life including writing music for BBC television
and running a professional recording studio.
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