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Children in Ely benefit from music therapy

7 October 2014
Children at Highfield School with their music therapy teacher

A music therapy project at a school for children with special educational needs has been launched in Ely, thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing.

Using music as a way to reach the children, the year-long project at Highfield School is designed to improve communication and interaction skills and help the young people to build relationships and develop self-esteem.

Highly skilled therapists use a variety of musical instruments, including guitar, chimes, accordion and xylophone as a way of reaching and interacting with the young people aged three to nineteen.

Co-located with the mainstream secondary and primary school, the special school provides pupils with sensory learning needs with a secure learning environment.

Simon Bainbridge head teacher from Highfield School, commented: “Music is an excellent medium to engage with pupils. Our pupils benefit greatly in a number of ways from a therapeutic approach, and we are very grateful to Sanctuary for contributing towards this provision.”

Sanctuary Housing’s head of neighbourhood partnerships, Graham Nolan, added: “We believe that by working in partnership with others we can achieve so much more and are delighted that by supporting this year long programme of music therapy we can help make a difference to the lives of these children and their families.”