John Cornwall (Music4Wellbeing)
Welcome to Music4Wellbeing ... a network of community musicians and therapeutic practitioners committed to improving the quality of life and learning for all who join in our workshops and learning programmes. Our experience in working with children and young people as well as with older person’s care contexts and with people experiencing learning and other disabilities has shown that music; singing and associated creative activities clearly have very beneficial social, emotional and therapeutic effects of many kinds. These include physical wellbeing, enhancing social and emotional communication and self-expression, confidence and providing a platform for positive social interaction and making new friends. In addition, it is a form of activity that people enjoy immensely where barriers to engagement and participation are less evident and can be overcome in a shared experience.
Most of all, it is a form of activity that people enjoy immensely and where barriers to engagement and participation can be overcome in a wonderful shared experience. Our main aim is to work with staff in schools, special centres, older person’s care settings and other settings and include the children, young people or older clients. This will enhance teachers, carers and volunteers’ ability to provide these simple musical activities when we are gone. It is staff training that also includes the children, young people or older clients in an appropriate fashion.

Our work is supported by our research and that of others…
Research has shown that music; singing and associated creative activities clearly have very beneficial social, emotional and therapeutic effects of many kinds. These benefits (also backed by our own research) include physical wellbeing, enhancing social and emotional communication, confidence and increased emotional awareness and even calmness. Simple musical activities provide a platform for positive social interaction and making new friends.

Dr. John Cornwall (Former Director).  The Centre for Enabling Learning (CEL).  [www.canterbury.ac.uk/education/enabling-learning/]  is focused on the quality of life and learning for children, young people and adults with disadvantages and disabilities and their inclusion in mainstream educational and social activities.  We have been running Postgraduate courses, Consultancy and community projects and research on inclusion and institutional development for the past 20 years. 

Dr. Trish Vella-Burrows (Assistant Director) The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health (SDH) [ www.canterbury.ac.uk/centres/sidney-de-haan-research/]  was established in 2004.  It is committed to researching the contribution of music and other participative arts activities in promoting the wellbeing and health of individuals and communities.

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Music as Therapeutic Communication

This exciting opportunity is being offered following several years of work and research b yDr John Cornwall and Dr Trish Vella-Burrows, into music as therapeutic and community engagement to enhance read more

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