Students of The Crescent School and Mulwaree High School have successfully completed an innovative music therapy project funded by Ability Links.
The project aimed to build peer relationships between the students, enhance understanding of disability and develop skills in music, design and technology.
Mulwaree High School students first visited The Crescent School in November and joined the students for lunch and a drum circle.
From this first meeting they developed their ideas for adaptive technology that would encourage independent music participation for students with disabilities. Over three intensive weeks they designed and made 6 djembe stands which were presented to the school on December 7.
The conclusion of the project was celebrated with an all-in jam session, using the newly created djembe stands alongside guitars, drums, percussion, bagpipes and trumpet.
“Music has the power to break down barriers to inclusion” says Music Therapist, Clare Jones.
“The students really enjoyed meeting each other and realised how much they have in common, particularly their love of music. They had some fabulous ideas about how to change the musical environment to enable access for everyone.”