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How musical engagement and interaction can support positive relationships

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Brighton & Hove Music & Arts

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Led by Ruth Spencer and Tina Warnock

Natural musicality is universal at birth and healthy early communication has many musical elements. When this communication has been affected by difficulties such as mental illness, trauma or neglect, this musicality can be suppressed or not used to its potential, effecting the richness of communication in the parent/carer and the child. Offering young children and their parents/carers opportunities to discover and use their musicality for self-discovery and interaction with others can greatly enhance their potential to form healthy, positive relationships and develop a greater emotional resilience.

Ruth trained as a music therapist in 1989 and has been working with children and young people with disabilities ever since. As well as running group and individual music therapy sessions, she has 20 years’ experience of delivering inclusive music groups for children aged 0-5 and their carers. She has also delivered training sessions, played and sung in bands, run several choirs, and been the music director for Synergy Theatre Company, working with prisoners in and around London.

Tina qualified as a music therapist in 2000, following a degree in Social Psychology from Sussex University in 1992. She has since worked in a wide range of settings, including 7 years for the NHS in CAHMS (Sutton), Child Development (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) and Adult Learning Disability services (Carshalton), elderly Mental Health and Special Schools. Tina has extensive experience working with clients with autism and learning disabilities of all ages and abilities, frequently combined with mental health issues. Tina set up Belltreein 2008 in response to the lack of music therapy provision in the Brighton and Sussex area and continues to lead the service as a director, alongside her clinical supervision practice and work as a visiting lecturer on the MA Music Therapy course at Roehampton University.


OUR FUTURE CITY EARLY YEARS MUSIC PROGRAMME

Our Future City is delivering a pilot early years’ music programme across Brighton & Hove until February 2019 offering new, holistic and sustainable early years music to benefit children under 5 who are most in need in Brighton & Hove.

The programme includes network and workforce development, high-quality, targeted musical activity and embedded research & evaluation practices. The programme is being designed and delivered by SoundCity partners, Children Centres and OFC partners, including arts, health and education professionals.

What's on offer?

The pilot activities are exploring new settings for early years music making, and new musical repertoire, tools and techniques. As part of this work, we are able to offer monthly professional development and networking sessions for Early Years Practitioners across the city from June 2018 to February 2019.

The offer is open to anyone working in early years music from Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area and the sessions are suitable for early career practitioners as well as the very experienced. Please do share this opportunity with others you think may be interested.

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