Penrith mayor John Thain has presented two $1000 grants to the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre.
The centre uses music therapy to engage children with a disability in new creative experiences. The grants will help in funding the Music Club and Key Word Sign Choir.
Cr Thain said the council has been supporting the centre for a number of years.
Nordoff-Robbins music therapy programs deliver significant and quantifiable benefits to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, trauma, mental health problems, depression and learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
“It is incredible what the staff at Nordoff-Robbins do and how music therapy helps children and adults,” Cr Thain said. “I had the opportunity to join in a session recently and I was as excited as the participants were.”
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy takes its name and inspiration from Composer Paul Nordoff and special educator Clive Robbins, who developed the creative music therapy approach. Music therapy uses improvised live music to build a relationship between music therapist and participant where they interact and communicate directly through music. It is a participatory form of therapy where the power of music acts as the agent for change, growth and healing.