We are very grateful to the Axis Foundation who provided funding for 7 children and young people to attend OK Music School for 1 year, where they learn to play an instrument or sing and perform in public concerts. The pupils make friends, gain communication skills and become more confident. Improved listening skills and focus help their learning at school. Performing makes them feel happier, proud of their achievements and part of the community. Some children have passed Royal School of Music exams, and some have performed on national radio.
We continued OK Music School lessons during lockdown and have now returned to face-to-face lessons. We hope to hold two OK Music School Christmas concerts in early December.
‘It makes me feel good about myself – I can do something well!’
“I love music because it gives me confidence and it takes me away from the pressures of real life. I make more friends here than anywhere else”
“OK Music School has been amazing helping my daughter to gain confidence and improve her memory and listening skills. She is able to verbalise that she is proud of herself.”
“Reduced isolation, opportunities to spend time in the local community with peers. Opportunities to build relationships with her teachers outside of the family dynamic.”
OK Music School Case Study
D is 8 and is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He struggles with interacting with people he doesn’t know and with some motor skills. He lacks concentration and has some language and communication difficulties. Therefore it is hard for him to take part in activities where he could enjoy time and space with his peers. D had received speech and language therapy and some music therapy. But then his mother heard about OKMT through a London Autism group.
D started attending the OKMT Youth Choir, where he was silent for a few months until he finally joined in and started singing along. Then he joined OK Music school where he began to learn to play the piano. He thrived on the stable routine, and playing piano now provides him respite and happiness. His concentration and motor skills have improved, and he is now confident in a group of children and socially more aware of others. He took part in the Christmas concert in 2019 and played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano which gave him a great sense of achievement. His family were so proud and joyful to watch him playing in the concert in front of a big audience. They said,
“His love for playing piano has grown exponentially. He is quite good at it, and he is gaining confidence and social skills”
D said:“I feel happy and excited to attend my music lessons!”
Many thanks to the Axis Foundation. You can find out more about them here
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