In addition to the music therapy sessions we offer in hospital, we also provide music classes for special-needs children within the community.
Music in Schools
Rosie’s Rainbow Fund‘s special-needs music teacher Pauline Burr provides music classes at schools throughout the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire communities including the Pace Centre in Aylesbury and the SCD Department of the Princes Risborough Primary School, as well as at the Autism Resource Base at St Andrews School in Chinnor.
At the Pace Centre, which provides education for children with sensory motor disorders including cerebral palsy, autism, head injuries, and genetic conditions, Pauline offers specialised music classes. Working with children who vary both in age as well as abilities, she utilises an assortment of musical instruments and props--wrist bells, for example, are easy for the children to handle and manipulate and allow them to join in and make music even with severely limited mobility, while items such as soft animal puppets permit the children to act out animal sounds. Pauline writes all her own songs, often creating customised lyrics and melodies to supplement lessons being taught in the classroom, which reinforce concepts and aid in the children’s learning and comprehension.
In her classes at the SCD Department of Princes Risborough Primary School and the Autism Resource Base at St Andrews School, Pauline works with children who have autism spectrum disorders, as well as several children who are hearing-impaired. Through the use of instruments, rhythms, singing, custom lyrics and melodies, and props Pauline is able to provide a safe, fun environment for the children to learn, communicate, interact, and work on speech and language development.