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 1.5-hour group session every week. Based on therapeutic needs, a small number of students also participate in 1:1 programs with the Music Therapist.
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
Music and songs have been an engaging and enjoyable experience for most students. A variety of music therapy techniques can be used to support literacy and numeracy development. This includes the use of song singing, listening, and songwriting to offer alternate engagement for students in learning everyday concepts that match with classroom curriculum, such as colours, technology, weather and animals.
Music articulates different levels of communication, Including receptive and expressive language, verbal and non-verbal cues. Through offering an enjoyable musical experience, students receive opportunities in communicating with music therapist and their peers in creative ways, by using their voices and languages, instruments, and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AACs) systems.
Music and instruments are powerful prompts to assist and encourage movements. By providing music in different energy, pace, and lyrics, students can become more engaged and motivated to participate in activities that promote the use of motor skills, including playing instruments with different body parts, moving and dancing with music, or going for walks.
Music is by nature a highly social and shared experience. Through participating in musical activities, students can learn and expand their social skills with fellow students, including sharing, turn-taking, teamwork, and being respectful within a classroom and group space.
Music offers an alternate pathway for students to express their emotions other than languages. Through choosing their favourite songs, playing instruments in their own ways, or singing and dancing to music, students could learn to express and regulate their emotions, showcasing their musical tastes and creativity.
- Singing and listening to familiar songs
- Song Writing
- Dancing and movement to music
- Instrument playing and improvisation
- Music performances
- Sensory games and activities
- Accessible music technology
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.