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Wellbeing and music

What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing is defined as the state of being healthy, happy, or comfortable. Wellbeing might refer to emotional, social, or even physical wellness and combined these contribute to the overall happiness a person is feeling.

Wellbeing in young children

These are uncertain times that we are living in and the coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on all of us. Whilst adults, for the most part, can find ways of dealing with this stress, we should be mindful of the effect it might be having on the wellbeing of young children. In particular, those of a primary school age, who do not always have the necessary life skills to deal with these feelings or ask for help.

Why is music so beneficial for wellbeing?

Have you ever noticed, how as an adult your mood is lifted when a favourite piece of music or song plays on the radio? You might find yourself smiling, singing along and maybe even dancing to the beat. Good music can lift the soul and make you feel happy. It is not just adults that find music so beneficial. It can be a great way of promoting wellbeing in children also.

In 2009, a Professor at University of London, Graham Welch, conducted a study (The Impact of Music on Human Development and Well-Being) around the music skills of around 1200 primary school aged children in the UK. The study discovered that the better music skills a child possessed, the higher their level of wellbeing.

When children learn to play music together, their social skills can be improved. They are required to pay attention and interact with each other in order to get the best from the music they are learning.

In developing their social skills, children become better at communicating with each other, helping them develop stronger friendship bonds and ultimately leading to higher levels of wellbeing.

These are just a few of the reasons why bringing music into primary schools is such a positive experience. Whilst children are learning music and a range of disciplines, they are also actively improving their mental wellbeing and when they really enjoy the music and dance to the beat, they are even improving their physical health as well.

With all this in mind, why not consider bringing music tuition into your educational establishment? Get in contact to find out more about how Kids That Rock can benefit your students’ wellbeing. 

Havannah Primary School – 6 week project testimonial.

“Matt has worked with our Year five pupils for 6 weeks after we identified they were a cohort that needed more support in terms of their social, emotional mental health and wellbeing. Matt is just totally awesome and the pupils have absolutely loved having whole class guitar sessions each week. The impact the sessions have made on the children’s wellbeing has been astounding and many of the children now want to take up guitar lessons as a result! The children look forward to the session and it provides them with an afternoon of fun, a sense of belonging and a sense of achievement. Matt ensures that the sessions are completely safe – he cleans all the guitars before and after each session and the children sit apart adhering to all COVID guidelines. We can’t thank Matt enough for helping to support our pupils’ wellbeing. Kids that Rock comes highly recommended!”
Mrs Sophie Slater-Baynes – Assistant Headteacher/SENCO, Havannah Primary School, Cheshire (December 2020)

Covid 19 / Risk Assessment


Kids That Rock is prepared to take all the necessary precautions to make our workshops COVID-safe. 

  • Workshop Leader able to provide self test results
  • Hygiene / Social Distancing / Ventilation
  • Flexibility to each individual school guidelines
  • Up to date risk assessment prepared
  • Flexibility in terms of deferment or cancellation

    Guitars will be thoroughly sanitized prior to use and after each session in readiness for the next group. Part of our delivery will be making sure the tutor and class maintain social distance and positioned at the appropriate distance apart.
    We are prepared to adhere to each individual school’s protocols, making it as safe for everyone involved. 

    Book with confidence – There will be no cancellation fee or loss of deposits.
    If the school/organisation is required to close due to Covid-19 and remains closed on the date for which the workshop was booked. Or pupils that are taking part, have been sent home and told to isolate and as a consequence will not be in school on the workshop date. The booking will simply be reinstated at a later date.

KIDS THAT ROCK – Covid 19 Risk Assessment PDF

 

Kids That Rock Guitar Workshops: What To Expect


Here at Kids That Rock, we’re all about engaging and inspiring students to develop a love of music. Whether you’re hiring us at a school, home education group, scout group or a community event, we wanted to give you a rundown on what to expect from our workshops.

We arrive an hour before the workshop starts, this gives us time to unpack and tune up 30+ guitars. We’ll also set up additional equipment like electric instruments and amplifiers. Before the workshop starts, we’ll set up an optimal safe space too.

Once class is seated, we do a brief introduction that includes listing the objectives for the day. The aim of our first session is to learn the basics of playing a guitar and eventually play together as a group. We start by playing some popular and well-known rock tunes and encourage the class to clap along. The aim is to clap in time, in unison. This is a fun starting point and will show the class the importance of keeping in time together. It is even more fun with guitars!

Next, we focus on identifying the main parts of the guitar and their purposes. A demonstration on how to hold the guitar follows, and make sure they understand the difference between the 6 different strings and pitches. We then ask the class for brave volunteers to come to the front to check that the information is understood.

Once we hand out the guitars to the class, we then encourage them to experiment and play around with the instrument for a few minutes. It may be noisy, but this is a great way for them to explore how it feels and really get to grips with the instrument. Once order resumes and the class is ready to continue, we start by playing along to a very simple backing track. We play string 1 open 8 times, then repeat the same action for string 6. It’s a simple but effective way to start and allows the kids to concentrate without feeling overwhelmed.

We then move on to playing along to famous, well known, rock and pop songs just by playing open strings. This is always a real “Eureka Moment!” They get excited about joining in with the music and start to feel really positive about playing guitar! After successfully playing along, we then like to play “name that tune” which helps the class rest and get ready for the next stage of the workshop.

It’s now time to talk about “frets”, and we explain how each fret creates a different musical note when it’s pressed. As this is a trickier part of the workshop, we always assure the class it’s okay if they don’t get it straight away and encourage them to keep trying. Once they press down on a fret and get a clear sound, this is where the fun begins! It is at this point, the kids really start to engage and get even more excited about playing guitar.

We like to finish each session with a talk to wind down but keep them inspired at the same time. Chances are they’re excited and want to continue learning. We encourage them to begin their own guitar playing journeys, through using resources such as online lessons which can be done at home. We also remind them that their first guitar doesn’t have to cost a fortune – previously we have bought them from charity shops for as little as a fiver!

POST-LOCKDOWN OFFER: September – December 2020

If you’re a school based in and around The Midlands, Cheshire, Greater Manchester or Merseyside, why not get the new academic year off with a bang and book a workshop for only £250!

Choose from the following options:

  • Four class sessions in one day
  • One class for a full day
  • Two classes, half a day each