Music plays a powerful part in our lives and is particularly important for children and young adults with additional needs. Music therapy can help to empower individuals by offering them choices, increase motivation, and encourage physical activity and coordination.

This month sees the launch of Seashell’s Get Set Go Music! project in two Stockport nurseries. Led by one of our speech and language therapists, who is also a professional musician and was formerly Principal Clarinet with the Hallé Orchestra.

The weekly music sessions aim to promote musical and wider development in the early years, using activities and resources developed from the Sounds of Intent – an inclusive framework of musical engagement. Sounds of Intent sets out how we all engage with music, from children in the early years to older people with dementia, to those with profound learning difficulties who are still learning to process sound, to others who are regarded as advanced musicians.

Our Get Set Go Music! pilot project is funded by Youth Music Network, and will see participants in interactive, live-music making sessions through to July – we look forward to seeing the difference these sessions make to the children involved.