Depending on local needs, we also provide structured training opportunities. This more structured approach is often used within our Sustainability projects (see here) but in the UK it is an approach we have been using for a number of years as a way to offer introductory training:
Our Interactive Music-Making course was developed in partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust to train early years practitioners to use simple music therapy techniques with children under 5 years of age in schools and children’s centres. It comprises a series of taught seminars, weekly self-directed study and an 8-week practical assignment. Our graduates - people who are working with young children every day - use interactive music-making sessions to help children who are struggling to keep up with their peers. Interactive Music-Making is a tried and tested form of early intervention that aids in prompt identification of difficulties, and also provides creative activities to help children when they are most in need. More information can be found on our dedicated Interactive Music-Making website.
“As a children's centre, Interactive Music-Making means we can offer targeted support, early intervention and prevention. It ticks all the boxes as far as we're concerned and we can see children and parents thoroughly enjoying it!” (Children's Centre Manager, South East London)