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Mind the Music: Course Review

The first in a series of training sessions for Community Music’s Mind The Music programme, took place on Friday March 9th at the Brady Arts Centre.

Jo Stockdale from the Child Learning and Development Advisory Centre delivered a packed day, demystifying complex neuroscience to help us to gain a better understanding of the development of the brain from childhood through to adulthood.

The 50 attendees learned about the immense changes and developments that happen in the few first few years of life, and again during adolescence. The session showed how music facilitators can tap into the brain during this rapid rate of growth; to address difficult behaviour, negative attitudes, social problems and poor learning; ultimately to nurture children’s ability to live, learn and be well.

As well as providing this training for Community Music tutors and other creative arts practitioners, the Mind The Music programme, funded by Children in Need and the JA Clarke Trust, will support young people with mental health issues, through music making over the next three years.

Community Music will be working in partnership with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and expanding our wellbeing support for students on our courses, which include the Creative Music Production and Business Foundation Degree and Music Leader Training courses.

This session forms a base for further mental health and wellbeing training for music practitioners.

The numbers in attendance and feedback collected on the day demonstrated the interest and need for this kind of training - “The knowledge gained from the day made complex scientific concepts easy to grasp and framed within a context we could relate to”

“Loads of really helpful knowledge that I feel every person working with young people should have!”

Community Music will be taking feedback on board and consulting music practitioners further as to what areas we should be focussing on in future training sessions.

For further information on the Mind The Music programme contact

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Mind the Music is a three year programme supporting young people with mental health issues, through creative music making.