Why music helps

For children who have severe and profound disabilities, like Jamie, music not only offers a unique channel of self-expression, it also enables them to share their thoughts and feelings with the people around them.

For the children Amber supports, music also:

  • Promotes learning and development
  • Helps with socialising
  • Improves concentration
  • Improves mobility skills
  • Helps in acquiring the skills to communicate confidently with others
  • Teaches basic concepts, such as the difference between left and right
  • Helps to express emotion
  • Boosts confidence
  • Provides great pleasure and fulfilment

Music is particularly important for children with complex needs. For some it may be their main way of accessing their cultural heritage. For others it may provide an important – perhaps the only – channel of communication.

Dr Adam Ockelford

A host of benefits

Increased fluency and confidence of expression and communication

Through music therapy sessions, children with special needs, like Joseph, can learn how to interact with their environment and communicate with others. Specialist equipment enables profoundly disabled children not only to perform and compose but also to communicate through music.

Greater self-confidence, self-awareness, social skills and mobility

Increased time spent practicing has a positive impact on a child’s enthusiasm for music. The sense of accomplishment gained through nurturing musical ability will increase a child’s self-confidence. Attending concerts facilitates inclusion, encourages mobility, and promotes social engagement.

Increased inclusion and participation in mainstream activities

Increased proficiency in playing musical instruments will lead to increased opportunities for children to join bands, orchestras and to perform publicly, like Anna. Music software also increases the opportunity for sharing music with other children and young people online and through music groups.

Music addresses both the left and right side of the brain

Simultaneously, and it affects the growth of a child’s brain in many ways. For children like Alexia, the active discipline of listening can promote greater attention span, social skills, emotional expressions, language development, and of course, a greater love of music.