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“I really enjoyed that!” – Music with Cornwall Hospital Education Service

Children and young people from Cornwall Hospital Education Service have been given the opportunity explore different ways of making music. Music Leader Giles Woolley has been providing one to one and small group sessions in Treliske hospital and Zebs youth centre Truro with a focus on enjoyment during what can often be a stressful and difficult time.


“Music is what I love. It really splits up your day and gives you something nice to do” (CHES student)


The range of ages and musical abilities has meant that Giles has had to provide a variety of different musical experiences. 


iPad Workshop: Exploring Music using technology. There have been two main reason for this style of session. The first is accessibility for a student with a special need, requiring an “instant feedback” to engage the student. The second is the ability to work within contemporary electronic style of music.


Guitar and Ukulele Taster: An introduction to playing guitar and ukulele.


Exploring Improvisation: Working with graded students to support their learning within their current grade. These sessions focussed on the ability to improvise.


Exploring Sound: Working with young people with SEND to explore sound using a combination in instruments and technology.


“Thanks very much for working with some of our students at the Hospital School yesterday, your time with them was very valuable and they certainly enjoyed the sessions. It was wonderful that you managed to engage children ranging from 6 to 14 with a variety of musical resources and gauged the session very quickly and aptly to their interests and needs. It was clear to see that they enjoyed it; one child in particular wasn't sure about having a session to begin with but quickly became engrossed and took off with the musical app, creating her tune and dancing characters with great enthusiasm. The 14 year old student repeatedly said it was 'cool' and after the session download the app on her own phone” member of CHES staff