For several children lockdown has been extremely unsettling, not only are the children having to face the disappointment of their schools being closed again but they are also missing out on the social interaction they would normally have with their classmates and other family members.
On top of this, their normal out of school activities, such as local football teams, swimming lessons, brownie and club groups have also all been forced to shut. All these factors have had a significant impact on both the children and parent’s mental health and well-being.
Over the last few months we have all been advised and reminded of the importance of eating healthy and the impact that participating in regular exercise has on our own mental health, but the one thing that is so often forgotten to be mentioned is what Music can bring.
Music is a powerful thing, aside from its entertainment value, listing to music is known to have an incredible positive effect on our brains. More specifically, music can change the way we act, feel and think.
Somerset Music is the Somerset County Council’s music service, offering a wide range of services to Children and Young People across the county.
During lockdown Somerset Music has seen a significant rise in the number of children using music as a way to help express themselves and therefore wanting to start playing a musical instrument or wanting to join their online singing group.
So, to meet the demands the team has created an online music learning portal. This portal provides schools and pupils with a secure and easy to use remote classroom environment.
As well as this Somerset Music has increased the number of musical instruments available for hire to both schools and individuals and increased the number of 1-2-1 music lessons available online for children wishing to take up a musical instrument.
So, if your school is interested in finding out more about our remote “music Classroom” learning portal or you have a pupil who potentially is interested in either joining a choir or orchestra or wishing to learn a new musical instrument then please get in touch with a member of our Somerset Music Team .
0300 123 7364