AN AWARD-WINNING charity with twenty years’ experience bringing the benefits of music therapy to vulnerable people in the UK and around the world is launching a new awards scheme for their highly acclaimed training course.
Music as Therapy International is a South London-based registered charity who believe passionately in the power of music to make the most of people’s potential, overcoming obstacles such as disability, trauma and mental illness. Their unique approach sees them train care staff to use simple music therapy techniques and musical activities, providing them with resources and professional support to make sustainable change.
The charity has been running their Interactive Music Making (IMM) course since 2010. The six month course provides staff working in early years (with children under 5 years of age) with the skills and confidence to use music in a therapeutic way with the children in their care.
Their new IMM Awards scheme is now being launched to combat challenges faced by nurseries and children’s centres, such as budget cuts which can prevent investment in staff training. An increase in the integration of children with additional needs also means early years settings are supporting more complex children from more diverse backgrounds than ever before.
Alexia Quin, Director of Music as Therapy International, and Co-Founder of IMM, said: “The IMM course has proven itself to be an impactful and effective way of improving care for young children. However, we know not everyone is able to access this training, largely due to budget restrictions.”
“These new IMM Awards mean early years settings can now access the course without the worry of budgets or staff cover, so more children can be supported in their development through the therapeutic and life-enhancing use of music.”
Applications for a place on the course through an IMM Award can only come from care settings, not individuals. An Award will see all staff training costs met by the charity, the care setting provided with a set of musical instruments to sustain IMM practice long term, and a contribution made towards the cover needed to release staff to be able to attend the course. There are 7 Awards places available this year.
The IMM course will run from September 2017 until June 2018. The course will be held at the Clyde Early Childhood Centre, in Deptford, Lewisham. The deadline for Awards applications is 16 June 2017.