Music Therapy to support Children's Mental Health

Help us provide music therapy in mainstream schools for children experiencing a wide range of mental health and behavioural difficulties.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (280960)

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Championed by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom


Our work in mainstream schools has increased greatly during the pandemic. Our therapists have seen an enormous growth in referrals, as children across the country have suffered the effects of lockdowns and schools being closed. Providing music therapy in mainstream schools will enable early intervention against mental health conditions. This is crucial, as 75% of mental health problems in adult life start by the age of 18 (Gov UK, 2015). Your help will mean we are there to support children when they need us most.


Music therapy can help children understand their emotions, meaning they learn how to be expressive in a supported way, which helps to develop self-esteem and self-confidence. These positive benefits are transferrable to the classroom, where instead of relying on challenging behaviours to cope with stress, peer pressure or gang pressure, children are able to stay motivated and focussed, using skills learnt in music therapy.

  • Nordoff Robbins music therapy has had such a positive impact on so many of our pupils. The level of excitement, engagement and positivity that fills the session room is overwhelming. Our children are given the opportunity to explore their feelings through the exploration of music.

    — Claire Jones, Wellbeing Lead, Darren Park Primary

  • Myself and my colleagues have been really amazed at how effective the music intervention has been at decreasing [Rick's] anxiety and stress levels. The music therapy sessions have provided a safe and familiar environment for Rick to connect with Katheryn, and explore his love for music and singing.

    — Carolyn