Forward Vision residents enjoy Music For ALL session

Posted: 18/05/2016 | Adult Services,

Residents at Royal Blind’s Forward Vision service for young adults enjoyed a musical morning as they attended the Music For ALL session. 

The team have been been taking part in the storytelling-through-music session by Columcille for several years. 

The lessons welcome people with learning difficulties to enjoy a range of music and developmental activities. 

Music For ALL instructor, Graeme McDonald, said the group uses literacy, numeracy and life skills at the sessions which are ‘screen free’. 

Yesterday the theme was a Scottish battle with Graeme leading the musical story and students playing along with their instruments. 

Graeme said: “The lessons have a really positive, joyous atmosphere. I lead the music and everyone plays along and contributes.

"We tell stories through music, using sounds to create differente effects and represent different stages of the story - like Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.  

“We also use simple words from other languages, saying Hola or Aloha, to engage our neighbours and we create a colourful and vibrant scenario.”

Graeme also builds in supported challenges to encourage students to learn life skills. 

He added: "It’s really good fun and it’s great to see the students leaving the sessions more uplifted. We encourage the staff to get involved too, as it’s a great chance to have some screen-free fun with their service users.”

Music plays an important role at Forward Vision. Music can help people with disabilities develop physical, sensory and cognitive skills. It also helps relaxation, enjoyment and self confidence.  

The service prodivdes a wide range of community and in-house activities, and encourage participation in supported college or work placements as well as developing new interests and hobbies

If you want to find out more about Music For ALL, visit the Columcille website.