Our Sounds of Music group has been developing slowly over the weeks. As I mentioned in our previous blog. We were going to spend time helping members to connect their songs to lyrics/words.
In photo 2225 – this member does like to use lyrics, but is also learning to remember songs too. See photo 2223 when he isn’t using lyrics.
In photo2265, this member is singing her song without lyrics/words. In photo 2370 she is using her phone to help another member with his chosen song. This was good progress as they were interacting and helping each other, as they did not have lyrics to the song.
In photo 2395, this member is growing in confidence and enjoying singing along to his favourite songs that he knows quite well. Photo 2419.
In photo 2403,these two members are enjoying a song they both like. Our other member who is very shy, is happy to join in , which was lovely to see. This shows both are gaining confidence. In photos 2355,2356, this member is doing very well at remembering some of his songs. See the expression on his face as he is singing with feeling. As when he if following lyrics too-photos 2353,2352,2351,2349,2350.
We are also encouraging members to play a variety of instruments which they like very much, and are progressing in their skills.
See photo2229, this member is enjoying playing a small xylophone , and in photo2291, he is trying another instrument. In photo2288, he is looking at a book of musical instruments with our volunteer. Our member can see many instruments in the book that we have at our group to play. As this member is very reluctant to sing aloud, we are encouraging his skills in other ways.
In photo 2293, another member is playing a larger xylophone and is enjoying himself. He also likes the smaller one too, photos 2301,2368.
In photo 2266, another member trying the xylophone which she is progressing very well with, photo 2394. In photo 2373/2374 our member is learning the basic letters on the keyboard.
Another member trying the electronic drums, which he knows how to find the sounds he likes.
This is helping our non-verbal members very much and members who have difficulties with reading/colours. In photos 2527,2528, we can see how this member is enjoying learning to write letters in different colours. This is going to help him with his keyboard, and in many other ways.
We are still encouraging our members to use actions to their songs, as it is continuing to help with confidence. Photos 2324,2332,2331,2341, and the car actions in photos 2275,2274,2273.
The use of pictures is accepted and our members bring their own each week. This idea has given them the opportunity to express themselves through art and music, and is a wonderful way to help our non-verbal members.
Uniquely Me & U is moving forward and learning from our members new ways of communication, that they enjoy and that helps them progress at their own pace. Having the opportunity of being in a small group, they can develop their skills while enjoying music and exploring a variety of instruments.
The positive outcomes Uniquely Me & U is having for our members, is showing that we are developing and evolving in a wonderful way.
We are going to trial one Saturday in a month to hold another Sounds Of Music session. Anyone who may be interested should contact me for dates/times and cost which would need to be paid in advance. Mobile 07949873314