Music plays an incredibly important part in the student’s experience with Inclusion Hampshire.
Research suggests that music might be as therapeutically beneficial as exercising when addressing common mental health conditions such as anxiety, stress, low mood and depression. Music’s impact on brain function, chemistry and emotional regulation mean that it can be used as a tool for improving wellbeing
Music is the only activity present in daily life that engages numerous areas of the brain, simultaneously. This brain activity seen when we listen to music encapsulates: hearing, listening, movement, attention, language, emotion, memory, thinking as well as engaging all four lobes of the cerebral hemisphere and the brain stem.
We have been delivering therapeutic Music sessions to our students for 10 years and in that time we have seen how it reduces anxieties in young people, works to raise mood and lift symptoms of depression. Our young people are able to access our unique combination of studio technology to create music without needing them to learn an instrument immediately. This means it can be used by anyone, regardless of their ability or special educational needs. Using recordings from artists they like, and adding beats and effects means it doesn’t take long for them to create something themselves, bringing a sense of achievement and pride, as well as building their confidence. We have also had learners who begin to learn guitar, drums and other instruments, and record their singing because of their growing self belief and confidence. Music has multiple other benefits: identifying and expressing emotions and feelings, cross curricular work with English and Life skills & wellbeing, and recording collaborative group projects.