This weeks sees the start of a new initiative providing music therapy for Southampton’s looked after children, delivered by the life-changing music charity Nordoff Robbins The pilot project is the result of a new partnership between Nordoff Robbins, Southampton Music Hub, the Virtual School Network and Sholing Technology College. Music therapist Anna Tyrrell will work with pupils who are, or have been, looked after by Southampton City Council, using music to break down barriers in their lives, and help them to find their voice.
Matt Brombley, Interim Manager at Southampton Music Hub says:
“It’s an incredible privilege to work with Nordoff Robbins to help children and young people in the city use music to help overcome the challenging circumstances they face in their lives. Thanks to the commitment of Ann Dyton at the Virtual School, and the support of Sholing Technology College and their feeder schools, we’re able to share this incredible opportunity with pupils from across the east of the city. With over 3,000 pupils making music with Southampton Music Hub every week, we know the huge difference music can make in the lives of children, young people and their families. For the city’s looked after children, music therapy with Nordoff Robbins will help them to experience the life-changing power of making music too.”
Fraser Simpson who oversees Nordoff Robbins South West services says:
“The spirit of innovation is at the heart of Nordoff Robbins, and we embrace strong partnerships to help us achieve our mission – bringing the life-changing power music therapy to as many people as possible, including individuals, families and communities, using our renowned approach. We are thrilled to be teaming up with Southampton Music Hub and the Virtual School in an originative and exciting partnership, to enable young people in need of support to engage in the creative power of music-making, inspiring them to innovate and succeed."