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We are pleased to be able to show you two short clips to illustrate what it is, exactly, that we do with music:  A glimpse into how music can facilitate interaction, create non-verbal conversations, provide an emotional outlet, help build relationships. 

You might be interested to know that the reason we aren't able to post longer session examples here is a matter of confidentiality and consent:  Imagine confiding in someone about how you felt, only to find they had secretly been recording the conversation and it is now viewable on You Tube.  This might be comparable to us filming a session and posting it here in entirety, without discussing it carefully with the client featured.  In addition to this, parents and people in loco parentis have to protect children and vulnerable adults.  They are not always willing to give consent for films to be made or shown publicy.  However, fortunately we do have the necessary consent to be able to show you these short examples.

Please note:  Because these clips were filmed by our volunteers, the sound levels are variable.  You may need to adjust your speakers.

In the first extract, you can see how group music making is helping these Rwandan children work together, build relationships, show how they are feeling and communicate without words.  Here they are passing a drum around and singing a Hello Song to mark the start of their music session.

In the second extract, you can see how a local teacher is using basic music therapy techniques to engage the interest of a young girl with learning difficulties in Romania.  The teacher channels the girl's motivation to use the musical instruments and her voice into a playful non-verbal exchange, that moves her on from telling the teacher to go away and into a creative and expressive musical conversation.

 You can listen to Imelda Staunton talking about our work when she presented our Radio 4 Charity Appeal in July 2012 by clicking here

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