Music Therapy – 29th Oct – Kilkeel

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Thursday music therapy sessions are being held in the Fishermans Mission, The Harbour, Kilkeel.  This is the first time we have used this venue and we would like to thank them for allowing us avail of their facilities.  We are also delighted to be supporting another Social Enterprise. It allows us bring our events to our wider network and also enables those with transport issues to get to us more easily from the surrounding areas.  They will run from 15th October through to 17th December.

Session start at 6:00pm and finish at 8:00pm

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We at “Making a Change”  are delighted to be working with Sound Progression Music Therapy  on the delivery of theses sessions and have to thank the Jessy’s Fund for their support.

Dates: Thursdays in Kilkeel

  • 15th, 22nd, 29th October
  • 5th, 12th, 19th, 26 November
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th December

Session activities can include:

  • Improvising music– free and spontaneous play on a range of instruments, nurturing interaction
  • Music and movement– fostering development of gross and fine motor skills
  • Writing songs– encouraging self-reflection and self-expression
  • Recreating songs– encouraging production of words
  • Choice making– facilitating self-expression and communication
  • Action songs– encouraging listening, processing and following musical directions
  • Relaxing through music– providing a safe and calming space for individuals to feel at ease

Why Music Therapy?

Music is a universal language that crosses perceived boundaries such as age, culture and different levels of ability. It is a creative, flexible and calming medium that provides sensory experiences. It can facilitate cognitive functioning, social interaction, gross / fine motor development, communication and emotional well-being.

In Music Therapy sessions, music is created interactively by the individual and therapist. As a rapport grows between the individual and therapist, music can motivate the individual to work towards therapeutic goals. It can also help facilitate a Child’s achievement of developmental milestones.

To access Music Therapy, individuals do not need to have an ‘educated’ skill at playing an instrument. Rather, musical play occurs in a spontaneous and intuitive way. Music can be stable and predictable while being flexible and spontaneous. It is therefore, an adaptable medium for addressing a variety of unique needs.


What are the benefits?

Developing social skills:                                    

Through practicing turn-taking, sharing, stopping, waiting and listening with others in musical interactions.

Nurturing communication:

Encouraging pre-verbal sounds, facilitating word production and gestural communication through singing & choice-making.

Encouraging attention and on-task behavior:

Developing skills of listening, processing & following directions, impulse control, focus on music-making.

Aiding physical development:

Manipulating instruments with different actions, reaching, grasping, releasing, music and movement activities.

Assisting emotional well-being:

Playing instruments opens an expressive outlet for those who do not use words, by-passing the demands of speech-based communication

Developing sensory well-being:

Gradual exploration of instruments, their textures / sounds, helping to improve sensory tolerance

October 29 2015


Date: October 29, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Fishermens Mission

Fish Market Building, The Harbour
Kilkeel, Co Down BT34 4AK United Kingdom

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