Stratford students prepare for music therapy with a supported study group

Stratford College MUSIC students have developed and conducted music therapy sessions for the college’s supported learning students.

Music Performance & Production students created, developed and led workshops with two adult learning groups to inspire fun, engagement and mindfulness as part of therapy.

The course helps students develop a range of skills related to the music industry, including business management, teaching and music therapy.

Lecturer Stephen Birkett said, “It prepares our students for the industry as many of them will find employment as teachers or work in community groups and therapy workshops.”

The supported learners used instruments and percussion to create soundscapes, sound effects and rhythms.

The music students told a story and the group helped create effects to create the right soundscape, including rain and thunder.

Lecturer Jo Walker said: “We are currently exploring different leisure activities and how they can be beneficial in our lives. These types of activities are great for mindfulness.

“The music students did really well. And since they did two sessions, they reflected on the first session and the second time they developed and improved it.”

Assisted learner Laura Bartley commented, “I really enjoyed working with other students at the college! I was nervous at first, but I loved going to the drums!” Emily Gray added, “I love rock music, so I loved the drums!”

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