Event Title

Working with Children in Challenging Circumstances

Start Date

31-5-2011 11:30 AM

End Date

31-5-2011 12:30 PM

Description

This interactive workshop will give participants a background to working with children in contexts beyond the mainstream and also give them clear ideas on methodology and repertoire. It will enable them to understand how to build their own repertoire, focussing on simple and flexible template materials. It will also give them pointers in allowing young people creative expression and how to engage demotivated young people. It will underline key issues about leadership in this area emphasising side by side working and the idea of a warm space. The session will begin with a short introduction to the work I have been involved with in England through the Beyond the Mainstream strand of the UK's national singing programme Sing Up. I will then get the group to create an image of a child in challenging circumstances, guided by UK statistics on child poverty, mental health, achievement etc. We will then focus briefly on the research work of Edward Deci and the concept that intrinsic motivation is determined by need for competency, belonging and autonomy. This points the way for designing programmes for vulnerable children that minimise risk and optimise their motivation. Moving on to the music we will run through some vocal warmup work and move into voice percussion with the participants contributing creatively under my guidance. We will sing and improvise with some simple template songs that are suitable for young people with a range of challenges. This will be followed by a series of creative exercises- working from comic and sticker books, using tactile and visual stimuli to generate songs and improv. The last few minutes will be a question and answer and short feedback session.

Comments

This was a workshop.

This document is currently not available here.


Share

COinS
 
May 31st, 11:30 AM May 31st, 12:30 PM

Working with Children in Challenging Circumstances

This interactive workshop will give participants a background to working with children in contexts beyond the mainstream and also give them clear ideas on methodology and repertoire. It will enable them to understand how to build their own repertoire, focussing on simple and flexible template materials. It will also give them pointers in allowing young people creative expression and how to engage demotivated young people. It will underline key issues about leadership in this area emphasising side by side working and the idea of a warm space. The session will begin with a short introduction to the work I have been involved with in England through the Beyond the Mainstream strand of the UK's national singing programme Sing Up. I will then get the group to create an image of a child in challenging circumstances, guided by UK statistics on child poverty, mental health, achievement etc. We will then focus briefly on the research work of Edward Deci and the concept that intrinsic motivation is determined by need for competency, belonging and autonomy. This points the way for designing programmes for vulnerable children that minimise risk and optimise their motivation. Moving on to the music we will run through some vocal warmup work and move into voice percussion with the participants contributing creatively under my guidance. We will sing and improvise with some simple template songs that are suitable for young people with a range of challenges. This will be followed by a series of creative exercises- working from comic and sticker books, using tactile and visual stimuli to generate songs and improv. The last few minutes will be a question and answer and short feedback session.