Music filling the classrooms

Laleham Gap School is a Special School for children with autistic spectrum and speech and language disorders. Jessie’s Fund completed a Soundtracks project at the school in November, and shortly afterwards the school proudly published an article about the project on their website, and the local newspaper also featured an article. This is what they wrote:

‘Last week was a week where music filled all the Primary classes at Laleham Gap School. The school had a fun-packed week of music when 2 musicians set up residence there for a week, culminating in a brand new song!

The two musicians (Mark and Liz) were from Jessie’s Fund. During the week they ran mini-projects in practically every Primary class. In Bobcats the children produced music as a story; in Tigers with iPads; Leopards became an orchestra and Jags and Panthers conducted for the musicians to perform!
Moreover, each class wrote a verse for a brand new school song! This all came together on Friday to an amazing performance in front of over 30 parents.

The school looks to promote a wide variety of creative and artistic aspects to develop the whole child. Amy Howard The music teacher at Laleham Gap School, who was responsible for organising the special week said “It was such a stunning success. The pupils loved it. It was beautiful to see them working collaboratively with the musicians. The children fizzing with ideas and Jessie’s Fund musicians providing the framework for them to compose and express themselves.” The relaxed, calm and growing environment meant the children were very comfortable with both the dress rehearsal and performing their new song in public.

As Amy put it “Over this week the children have got to explore, experiment and now perform musically. It has been a really special music experience and music is so important as a part of a child’s education.”