Belmore School currently employs one Registered Music Therapist (RMT) three days per week to design and implement the music therapy program. Each classroom participates in a one-hour group session every week. Based on therapeutic need, a small number of students also participate in 1:1 programs with the Music Therapist.
Aims and goals of the Music Therapy program:
The program aims to promote the students’ Independent Learning Program through the planned and creative use of music-based activities.
Specific goals can include developing:
Literacy and numeracy through music, concepts related to the Unit Of -Learning for each term (for example Weather, Transport, People in the Community, etc)
Including receptive and expressive, verbal and non-verbal, are often used in sessions
Gross and fine motor skills though instrumental play
Appropriate social interaction with fellow students, including sharing, turn-taking, teamwork
Giving students an opportunity for emotional expression, developing their sense of self-identity
- Singing familiar songs
- Writing original songs
- Movement to music
- Instrument playing
- Action songs
- Sensory games and activities
- Vocal play
The RMT also assists in the planning of special performances, programs, and excursions, including: In-house school concerts, Excursions to hear the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, other primary school choirs, etc., and visits to The SNAD at the Arts Centre.