Music is a very important aspect of pupil life at the Royal School for the Blind. Pupils have a weekly group music session in the well-equipped dedicated music room, as well as individual opportunities to use the Soundbeam to create music by small movements.
Where pupils are able, they can prepare for music exams from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. One of our pupils recently gained grade 2 on the trumpet! We have regular visits from professional musicians delivering workshops and concerts, and we have built strong links with a local secondary school whose pupils have performed for, and with, us on a number of occasions.
Individual pupils have the opportunity to have a music therapy session using a soundbeam to create music by small movements.
Alongside our school curriculum, we work with MusAbility Music Therapy, who provide individual and group music therapy to children (in nursery and school) in need of additional support with social skills, emotional expression, communication, cognitive development and relationship building.
Music therapy can be incredibly impactive for children who do not have verbal skills, as they can release their frustrations within the music itself, and learn new ways to express themselves and engage with others, as well as for children who are able to communicate more easily to develop and enhance their abilities in a creative and fun environment. For any additional information, please go to www.musability.co.uk.