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The Power of Music

Updated: Jan 19

Music has long been described as having many positive attributes that enhance our lives and help us to improve our well-being.


Music creates social unity, it speaks to all when words can fail, and wherever you go in the world, it is understood. Music is a universal gift that has the power to bring people together. Music connects people by the instruments they play or a shared interest in a particular style of music. After all, who can resist tapping a foot or moving to the beat of a favourite song? 


Music has been proven to stimulate the brain, which in turn helps with pain relief, reducing stress and improving memory. I have so many memories attached to songs from different times within my life.


Music improves mood and reduces anxiety and through bringing people together, it can help to reduce loneliness and social isolation.


There are many skills required to learn how to play a musical instrument: technique; reading music; expression; listening; and as you continue to perfect these skills, resilience.


Similarly, as a member of an ensemble, you will develop strong teamwork and leadership skills, and a real sense of achievement and pride when performing/mastering difficult passages of music, all of which come together to build confidence. These are not only skills required to learn music, but important life skills that can also be used in employment and your wider social life.

 

The joy you can get from music will help lift your spirits and those of everybody else involved.


At TLWS, I’m proud to say we have our very own music studio where students have access, not just during music lessons, but also during breaks and lunch times should they wish to relieve themselves of unwanted stress and anxiety. These are opportunities for students to socialise and play instruments or sing to find some unity and enjoyment together. 

 

Within lessons, the children experience learning to play the keyboard, guitar, ukulele and drums. This helps to improve social skills, enhance confidence, reduce stress and anxiety and interact with others without the need for verbal communication: all invaluable benefits for students with autism.

 

Music really does touch us all and without meaning to sound too cheesy, that really is ‘The Power of Music!’


Angela Habgood.



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