Curnow School has offered music therapy since 2005
Music therapy is not the same as music tuition; its purpose is not to teach pupils how to play an instrument but to allow them to translate their emotions and psychological processes into music in order to release and heal. Music can offer an alternative method of communication or expression when words are not an option or inadequate. Indeed, for many children who find communication difficult, music can open a door into the world of interaction.
WHEN WORDS WON’T WORK – MUSIC CAN SPEAK FOR YOU
"Music expresses emotions which are too precise for words" Mendelssohn
The aim of music therapy is to bring out a person’s musical creativity in order to develop positive changes in behaviour, emotional and physical wellbeing, and communication.
A music therapist is a skilled musician who has undergone professional music therapy training at post-graduate level. All professional music therapists are registered with the Health Professions Council and you can check them out on-line (see links below).
In the therapy room you’ll find a range of enticing instruments including keyboards, guitars, big African drums, congas, microphones, amplifiers, xylophones, gongs and various percussion. Pupils are encouraged to use any (or all!) of these to play music – and in doing so they communicate something of their inner world. This then becomes what the therapist works with.
Our music therapist, Robin Bates, trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff. He also works in the Child Development Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske and in some mainstream schools.
He works intensively one-to-one and with groups; and he liaises with teachers and other support staff. Robin contributes to Annual Reviews and writes reports for parents/carers of the pupils he is working with. He also runs twice-yearly workshops for parents/carers where he explains and illustrates how he works and where you have the opportunity, over biscuits and tea, to ask any questions you might have.