Stratford students tune into music therapy with supported learning group - The Stratford Observer
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19th Aug, 2022

Stratford students tune into music therapy with supported learning group

MUSIC students from Stratford College have created and led music therapy sessions for the college’s supported learning students.

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

The course helps students develop range of skills in relation 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 in teaching 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 assisted in creating effects to create the right soundscape including rain and thunder.

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

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

Supported learner Laura Bartley commented: “I really enjoyed working with other students at the college! I was nervous at the start but I loved going up for the drums!” Emily Gray added: “I love rock music so loved drumming!”

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