Patashala School has been very lucky to host two music therapists from Music as Therapy. Music as Therapy is a UK based charity whose mission is the “development and use of music therapy, as a means to relieve those living in conditions of need, hardship or distress, suffering from mental or physical disability and the effects of poverty or sickness.”
Alistair Robertson from Edinburgh and Somesh Purey from New Delhi came together to run 5 weeks of skill-sharing workshops with our staff and students. They were also here to work with the ARMS center; a local school specialized in learning difficulties.
Somesh and Alistair ran interactive workshops with our teachers to equip them with the skills and confidence to run music programmes addressing the psychological, emotional and social needs of our students.
The Patashala teachers had a very exciting five weeks learning new skills that they can use in their classrooms. They have learnt new ways of interacting with the students through singing, clapping and using music instruments to help children buildconfidence and express creativity.. Our teachers have been practicing at home with their children and are now back after the Dussera holidays, excited to implement their new skills.