As the Covid-19 pandemic has brought inevitable changes to services, Mapledown School has been able to offer remote music therapy sessions reaching out our pupils and families. In specific, the sessions provided are:
·For families who have been isolating.
·For large groups of pupils at school, when large music making face-to-face sessions would not have been possible.
·For pupils who required 1:1 support and who were not able to receive face-to-face music therapy.
These sessions aim to enhance communication, mood and social interaction through music making and to engage pupils, members of staff and families with singing and choice making.
Mapledown School offers music therapy 2 days a week on a referral basis.
What is music therapy? In music therapy, students and music therapist are actively involved in music-making and they use sounds and music as a vehicle to communicate.
The primary aim is not to teach the students to sing or play an instrument but to offer them a safe and confidential space where students are listened to and acknowledged. Starting from what the students are able to do the therapist helps them grow and develop in any of the following areas; emotional well-being, behaviour, communication, self-esteem, self-awareness, awareness of others, attention and concentration, physical well-being. Students with Severe and Profound Learning Disabilities (including Autism) can find music therapy an invaluable experience as they are able to relate in a non-verbal manner and they are able to work on their therapy goals.
Members of staff and family can refer students to music therapy. The sessions can be on an individual or group level, short term or long term depending on need. The school is also able to offer family music therapy and music therapy to students who have recently joined Mapledown School (newcomers) and to the students who are about to leave the school (school leavers).
The Music Therapist is a state registered professional with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a full member of the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT).
If you would like to contact our music therapist Alexandra you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call on 020 8455 4111 ext. 2