A Song for Natasha
December 6, 2016
Milly has attended music therapy at a school for children with additional needs for almost three years. She often struggles with emotional expression, and music therapy has been a creative environment for her to release her frustration and aggression, as well as to build positive relationships and develop her self-awareness and awareness of others.
The footage below is a ‘performance’ of Milly’s own composition, which she wrote especially for her teacher Natasha. While this may look simple from the outside, it took Milly a great deal of time, effort and thought to create the melody, and she then directed every aspect of my playing so that the piece was exactly how she imagined it. It is a truly significant achievement for her, and it was a touching process for Milly, Natasha and I!
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We use MusAbility for several of our clients who are currently, and have previously been through the medical negligence court system. MusAbility’s services are not only professional, timely and evidence-based in their clinical assessments, but the clients also show real developments in long-term work where many other health professionals declared none were possible. A truly inspirational team.
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Not only can we see the clear changes in behaviour for the children that attend music therapy…but it’s giving the staff new skills and techniques to work with the children that need a little extra support. Just brilliant.
Classroom Teacher, Mainstream School
It is absolutely fascinating to see how this child responds in music therapy…to be surrounded by verbal interaction, then be met in an environment when words are sometimes not used at all…it is incredibly impactive. I think it should be available to every child!
Support Assistant in Mainstream School
I have honestly never seen anything like it…music therapy reaches this child at such a profound level, we are in tears of joy every session, and their development visibly increases week to week.
Teaching Assistant, Specialist School
Some of the children in our school are that bit older…and they really struggle to engage both in the classroom and with staff on a 1:1 basis. Music therapy breaks down all boundaries. They love the sessions, and they think it’s so ‘cool’ that they are pushed to reach their potential…sometimes without even realising it!
Deputy Head Teacher, School for Children with Special Needs
Our music therapist is an integral part of our team. Not only do they engage clinically with the clients, but they also liaise with staff within the multi-disciplinary team…most importantly always putting the client first. We absolutely could not do without music therapy…and our clients wouldn’t allow it!