Project information

Music therapy for special needs children

Through live music-making with professionally qualified music therapists, to enable special needs and / or disadvantaged children to gain self-confidence, and discover positive ways of relating to others. To help them work through emotional and interpersonal issues, and to move on in positive ways.

January 2012 - December 2013

Charity information: Key Changes Music Therapy

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  • Need


    Key Changes currently works long-term with 8 Local Authority funded schools, pre-schools and education centres within Hampshire and bordering areas. Children in a further 43 such educational establishments are yet to benefit from this much-valued input. Currently no public sector funding exists to enable this situation to improve.


    This 1-year evaluated pilot would improve the mis-match between the amount of music therapy provision, the numbers of children yet to benefit and the lack of public sector funding available. The resulting evidence would be presented to the Local Authority, providing the impetus for provision into the longer term.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise awareness of the benefits of music therapy.


    » Running presentation-workshops in up to 10 schools - involving staff and parents.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    If 10 schools agree to us presenting to them.

    Aim 2

    Developing working partnerships with up to 10 schools.


    » Holding planning meetings with key staff. Arranging the music therapy input: working with individuals, with small groups and / or with parents.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    If 5 schools take up of the 1-year project.

    Aim 3

    Providing the clinical input and evaluating its impact.


    » Allocate music therapists to the school partnerships according to skills, experience and location. Gather the evidence. Produce evaluation reports.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Positive results shown in the evaluation.

    Aim 4

    Encourage longer-term provision of music therapy in special needs schools in Hampshire.


    » Arrange to present the findings to the Local Authority. Discussions regards longer-term provision.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    A funding committment from the Local Authority, for a further year in up to 5 of the schools, or support towards sourcing this.

  • Impact


    Special needs children should, through receiving music therapy, be able to access further learning activities to which they were previously restricted, e.g: numeracy, literacy, group interaction. Their responses to those around them will also improve, enabling their peers, also, to gain more from the learning opportunities in school. Children previously excluded from mainstream education will move closer to resuming regular attendance, including accredited courses. These will be reported on.


    Music therapy personnel changes may affect the project, but we have a good sized professional therapy team through which to provide further personnel and a recruitment process should therapists be needed to join the team.


    Donors will receive a copy of the overall project evaluation report after the end of the year, as well as half-termly updates, by e-mail as the project proceeds.
    The final report will also be posted on our web site (confidentiality observed).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £58,812

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,764 Music therapy provision 1 school for 6 hours per week for 39 weeks.
      £10,764 Music therapy provision 1 school for 6 hours per week for 39 weeks.
      £10,764 Music therapy provision 1 school for 6 hours per week for 39 weeks.
      £10,764 Music therapy provision 1 school for 6 hours per week for 39 weeks.
      £10,764 Music therapy provision 1 school for 6 hours per week for 39 weeks.
      £4,992 Administration Running presentations, compiling evaluation reports
  • Background


    Currently provision is mainly in central Hampshire and in Portsmouth. We aim to broaden access to music therapy, geographically for those children with special needs. We aim to provide music therapy in 5 other areas within the county: Andover, Basingstoke, Petersfield, Southampton and the New Forest.


    Benefit will mainly be directly to the children who have special educational needs who are referred to the project (between 30 and 135 children) who live within the geographical area of Hampshire, their families and their peers. Each of the named towns / cities has areas of urban need. Those living in the New Forest have limited access to such specialist provision due to high travel costs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Within the geographical area of Hampshire there are a few private music therapists, but Key Changes is the major provider of music therapy in the area, and has been since starting as Hampshire MusicSpace in 1996. Key Changes has positive working partnerships with many special schools in the area, past and present, and a reputation for providing a highly professional service. Key Changes is therefore best placed to provide this project in schools in the area.

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    Too Early To Say - Will Be Determined In The Planning Stage.

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