Music

Children with Autism often respond to and enjoy music activities.  Musical ability is an area of strength for many of our pupils which we aim to nurture and extend.  The Music curriculum in the Centre for Autism aims to provide each pupil with an opportunity to participate in musical activities that are both enjoyable and develop their musical skills.


HOW SKILLS ARE DEVELOPED

  • Pupils are introduced to a variety of action songs from around world
  • They take part in singing as a group and as their confidence develops they are encouraged to sing individually
  • Developing a sense of rhythm is an important aspect of our music curriculum and pupils are taught how to play a range of simple percussion instruments including shakers, chime bars and African drums
  • As their musical skills develop pupils are taught how to play familiar songs using recorders, keyboards and the glockenspiel.
  • Children are encouraged to perform in front of larger audiences in Centre for Autism weekly assemblies and in assemblies for seasonal festivals
  • Our music is linked to classroom termly themes and this can also involve inviting professional musicians to perform for our pupils and offer interactive workshops
  • We arrange visits to organisations that offer music activities e.g. gamelan sessions at the South Bank Centre


MUSIC THERAPY
Music therapy is funded from the school’s budget.

WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music Therapy is the use of music as an agent for personal expression, understanding and change within a supportive therapeutic relationship. Music Therapy aims to develop a trusting, therapeutic relationship in which a child can express themselves freely and feel that they are being listened to, heard and understood.

WHO CAN ACCESS MUSIC THERAPY?
We offer music therapy sessions to individual pupils on a referral basis.