Music works wonders

2019-06-11 06:01
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MusicWorks, a non-profit organisation (NPO) in Claremont, is appealing for help to raise money to buy 20 more drums to help them meet the growing demand for their programmes.

Starting from small humble beginnings, the organisation has grown to serve hundreds of children each year.

The NPO offers a range of music therapy and community music services to children growing up in marginalised communities.

They have started a BackaBuddy campaign in a quest to raise enough money to buy additional drums.

Music therapist Sunelle Fouché says drumming is one of the key musical experiences they offer the children they work with. “It offers a means of emotional expression, where children can express difficult feelings, and find a means of regulating themselves. It is also important that young people in our contexts, who don’t have many opportunities to play and be child-like, find a sense of belonging in healthy, safe spaces,” she says.

Fouché further explains that drumming offers the children and young people they work with a means of self-expression and connection to one another, without the need for words. “Even the quietest, most withdrawn child can be heard and can experience themselves in a new way when they beat a drum – it is cathartic and fun. Group drumming affords a child a sense of connectedness to others which can, in turn, lead to a sense of belonging,” she says.

With all this in mind, they are asking for help to raise funds to get the much-needed drums to meet the demand.

“We have also recently started offering drumming circles in a team building workshop for small and large businesses. We did a workshop (including drumming, singing and dancing) with a group of 200 employees from Liberty Life recently and they absolutely loved it! This is one way in which MusicWorks is working towards future sustainability. Having access to more drums will enable us to expand this aspect of our work, which will, in turn, support our programmes with children,” says Fouché

The organisation was founded in 2003 by music therapists Fouché and Kerryn Torrance. They were invited to run music therapy groups with children attending primary schools in Heideveld. The children had all been affected by the ongoing gang-violence in their community.

The music therapists received positive feedback from the children and teachers about the effectiveness of the music therapy sessions, and so decided to form a non-profit organisation that could continue to provide access to music therapy services to children in communities affected by violence and poverty.V Continued on page 2.

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