Music therapy has long been a part of the Lawson, Yaralla and Walker Programs at Rivendell School, where the students have been involved in weekly sessions. For some of them, this culminates in a performance for the school community at the end of each term. A range of musical expression can be involved in these sessions including drumming, piano, keybpards, guitars and singing, all in a wide range of styles that the students are interested in.
In 2016, music therapy was extended to the Paterson and Sulman Programs and has been extremely popular with students who see this as a beneficial way to express themselves and be involved in such an engaging activity.
This has been shown by many peer-reviewed academic studies to be beneficial for participants’ mental health and is a protective factor when these individuals are put under stress.
During the Storyweavers 2016 exhibition, some of the students involved in the music therapy sessions from Paterson and Sulman performed a highly engaging live set of original compositions. Also as part of our Storyweavers exhibition, the students worked with a professional musician to produce recordings of their own work which formed a key part of the artworks.