Afford - Christmas Album

20 December 2018

Afford - Christmas Album

AFFORD Music Program
 
Our music therapist Catherine has been running individual and group sessions at Afford in Cranebrook this year.
Music therapy has been a great opportunity for the individuals involved to build cognitive, motor and communication/social skills including an increase in positive behaviours such as: sharing, following, leading, waiting and turn-taking. For some of our individuals including ‘Sam’ music therapy has been a significant part in developing and strengthening psychological/emotional skills such as; impulse control, acceptance, sense of accomplishment and increased emotional awareness. 
 
“Sam was nervous meeting the music therapist last week, and appeared hesitant to engage in individual music therapy. This week, she immediately walked to the music therapist and hugged her, asking about music and when they would start”
 
‘Roger’ regularly assists the therapist to set up her instruments and hand them out. His enjoyment of music has appeared to increase over the past months wherein, he often tells the therapist how playing music makes him feel:
 
“Roger approached the therapist this week and said “I love this song! Do you know why? It always makes me feel so happy!”
 
What have we been up to this year?
 
This year at Afford we have played a variety of songs. Some of their favourites include: ‘Dancing Queen’ (ABBA), ‘Riptide’ (Vance Joy), ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ (Bobby McFerrin), ‘Yellow Submarine’ (The Beatles) and ‘Drag Me Down’ (One Direction). We have explored and enjoyed music through an array of activities including:
 
-        Drumming
-        Instrumental arrangements
-        Improvisation
-        Singing
-        Movement
-        Musical Games

We have seen great gains in:
 
-        Overall engagement
-        Decision making
-        Verbal Contribution
-        Gross and fine motor skills
-        Involvement and participation
-        Interpersonal relationships
-        Group behaviours
-        Concentration
-        Social interaction

Christmas Album
 
Over the past month the group decided to put together some arrangements of Christmas songs drawing on each member’s talents. The project has expanded to recording a few tracks which you can hear below.

                                                                 

NEWS & EVENTS

MUSIC THERAPY AT AFFORD

MUSIC THERAPY AT AFFORD

LOWNDES & JOE

LOWNDES & JOE

ART OF MUSIC 2018

ART OF MUSIC 2018

A Minute with Alex

It’s time to get to know Alex

Guitars for VETS

Guitars for VETS

A Minute with Joe

It’s time to get to know Joe

Student Workshop

Student Workshop

Supported Music Lessons

Supported Music Lessons

Music Quiz 2018

Music Quiz 2018

Music Club

Music Club

Client Story

Client Story - Kate

Rare Disease Day

Rare Disease Day

Nordoff Robbins & Afford

Afford & Music Therapy

Welcome to our new graduates.

Nordoff Robbins welcomes a number of graduates to the family this year.

A Minute with Jack

It’s time to get to know Jack.

Afford - Christmas Album

Afford - Christmas Album

Angelina and Music Therapy

Angelina and Music Therapy

Music Quiz - Save the Date

Music Quiz - Save the Date

The Band: Scott, Dave and Karl

The Band: Scott, Dave and Karl

Primary School Music Club

Primary School Music Club

Golf Day - Thank you

Golf Day

Nordoff Robbins Research

The Effectiveness of Piano Playing for Hand Rehabilitation: A MIDI Analysis

A Minute with Chanelle

A Minute with Chanelle

Client Story - Simra

Client Story - Simra

Music Therapy at Bexley

Music Therapy at Bexley

New Pianos

New Pianos

Minute with Harry

A Minute with Harry

High Tea - Thank you

2018 Winter Glam High Tea

Golf Day - Save the Date

Golf Day - Save the Date

Client Story - Julian

Julian and Music Therapy

Nordoff Robbins Research

The Effectiveness of Verbal Cueing and Instrumental Improvisation on Turn Taking Skill: A Case Study

Supported Music Lessons

Supported Music Lessons

MUSIC QUIZ 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR 2018 QUIZ WINNERS

Student Workshops

Student Workshops

Vanda & Young Song Competition

The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions. It aims to support talented songwriters while raising much-needed funds for not-for-profit organisation Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia

Vale Graham Fear OAM

It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our much loved and valued Director, Graham Fear, OAM.

A Minute With Laura

We chatted to Laura about her first year as an RMT.

THANK YOU DRY JULY

Thank you Dry July for enabling us to make a difference to the lives of cancer patients.

New Clinic for The Hills

Our new, expanded clinic is now open

Winter Glam High Tea - A Toast

A lovely afternoon of fascinators, tiara's, laughs, bubbles and delicious delights

A Minute With Kate

Meet Kate Tabain - Registered Music Therapist since 2012.

Nordoff Robbins & AFFORD

Great initiatives thanks to AFFORD generosity

Western Sydney Rocked!

A Night Under The Stars

Kids Music Club

Join us for fun and interactive programs

Chantel and Lydia

Communication is the key

Magic Moment

Harrison

A Minute with Rachael

Meet Rachael Mackay - one of our new graduates.

Penrith Clinic

New Penrith clinic is now open

A Minute With Lydia

Meet another member of our fabulous team - Lydia Leung

Graduates

Welcome to our new recruits and expansions are a foot.

An Incredible Gift

Brand New Drum Kit

Amazing Work

The Proof is in the Padding

A Minute with Matt

Matt Laffan - Nordoff Robbins Registered Music Therapist

Thank you

Community Assistance Program Presentation

NDIS ENABLES WIDER ACCESS TO MUSIC THERAPY

Music therapy is approved as an eligible therapeutic support enabling us to reach additional people with our life changing programs.

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