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Apr 28

Music and the Nervous System and Approaches to working with children who have English as a Second Language

April 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Sound Connections is offering this course free of charge due to the current COVID-19 situation. However, Sound Connections is a charity and we would appreciate your support to enable us to continue to offer opportunities to those working with young people through music. If you are able to donate please do so here.


About the session

This is an online session using Zoom, taking place in two parts.

  • The first part delivered by Darren Abrahams will explore the connection between music and the nervous system. Participants will learn about how music can be used as a tool to help regulate the nervous system for children and young people who have experienced trauma and/or stress
  • The second part of the session delivered by Katye Cable will look at how we, as native speaking practitioners, can better interact with children and young people who have English as a second or other language. We will explore techniques to ensure both teacher and learner can better understand each other, focus on features of native communication that are often misinterpreted, and look at the benefits of non-verbal communication within music settings
  • We will also explore how to plan music workshops that work with the nervous system and encourage positive engagement and integration during and after workshops have ended


Who should attend?

This session is relevant for teachers, instrumental/vocal tutors, community musicians and workshop leaders who are working with children and young people with EAL or who are experiencing trauma. It is also relevant for Music Education Hub staff and leaders, and community music organisations.