Therapeutic Music

The therapeutic benefits of group and individual music cannot be overstated.  Making music with other people gives pupils the opportunity to interact socially, musically and personally in making decisions that affect the group as a whole.  The unique music program at the Roaches School enables pupils to build self-esteem and identify themselves as musicians or part of a band: education philosopher Maxine Greene (1995) writes that identity is a product of an individual’s relationship and dialogue with others.

By breaking down, often quite, complex music into a ‘Schenkerian simplified’ form, pupils are able to access and develop a repertoire for Christmas and summer concert performances.

Instruments available include: acoustic, electric and bass guitars; piano and keyboards; acoustic and electronic drums and various tuned and un-tuned percussion; flute, clarinet; alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; trombone and trumpets.

Specialist music teacher Dr John Milner worked for many years as a professional musician (piano/drums/arranger/musical director) and has taught at the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and Staffordshire and Leeds College of Music.  He worked as a brass/wind peripatetic teacher in schools in Derbyshire and Staffordshire and currently writes for and directs large ensembles for the Peak District Music Centres. He has particularly enjoyed taking part in many Music and Neuroscience projects with Edinburgh University’s IMHSD (Institute for Music in Human and Social Development) attending conferences, making presentations and helping design and deliver “music and literacy” projects in H.M.P Pentonville and Y.O.I Polmont.
Ensemble work requires communication skills, trust and a sense of humour.