Music Therapy event Thursday 6th March

ELJAM Music Programme (2)

Music Therapy Continuing Forward – Thursday 6th March 4.15pm – 6pm, The Red School Prestonpans

You are warmly invited to attend an informative event about music therapy services currently available for children in East Lothian.

Find out more about the value of this specialist approach through case examples and a discussion of music therapy in educational settings.   You will have the opportunity to take part in an active music-making workshop to experience the power of music!

Music therapy is currently available in eight schools throughout East Lothian, and provides opportunities for communication, expression, and emotional and social wellbeing.  Particularly for children who are struggling in education, music therapy can provide insight into a child’s abilities and needs; and also provide support to help a child succeed.

Since 2011, the East Lothian Music Therapy Steering Group has worked to promote music therapy services for children in a variety of educational and community settings.   Following a report published in 2012, the Steering Group continues to raise awareness of the benefits of music therapy and to promote access to services throughout East Lothian.  In addition, the Group is interested in exploring collaborative funding opportunities to help support current and future music therapy provision.

RSVP to Lori Tragheim, Community Development Officer at the Red School by Thursday 27th February on ltragheim@eastlothian.gov.uk.

Music Therapy project at North Berwick

What a great workshop I participated in at the weekend! The Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy team were excellent and had us singing, clapping and trying out crazy musical instruments like Boom Wackas!

We were there to:

  • find out more about the benefits of music therapy
  • get an update on the NB project (working with youngsters in North Berwick schools), and
  • to meet other supporters and interested parties

We found about what music therapy actually is, about how Music Therapists are trained, who can benefit from therapy and how music therapy can help. The videos of the children during a session were very emotional to watch and the benefits obvious to all.  We were laughing and crying as we watched. 

The music therapists showed great skill as they improvised on the piano whilst interpreting our actions. I’ve been singing ‘Belle Mama’ ever since!