5 reasons to try… Chroma music therapy

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Chroma is the UK’s leading provider of arts therapies, delivering music therapy, art therapy and dramatherapy sessions to those who need it, all over the UK. 

We work with people of all ages living with autism, brain injuries, childhood trauma and those in adoptive families (to name a few), helping to support and improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

1. Why music therapy? 

Music therapy is a fun, creative way to express oneself. We deliver music therapy sessions in schools to help build children’s self-confidence, improve peer relationships, create happy, healthy bonds between teachers and pupils, and to help children gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. 

2. Promotes communication in children 

Children may not always have the words to communicate their thoughts and feelings effectively. We use music therapy as a medium for self-expression, without words, which makes them feel more comfortable in expressing themselves.

The trust that develops between their peers during these sessions eventually allows them to feel more comfortable opening up within the group – knowing that it is a safe space. 

3. Improves children’s mental wellbeing 

Many children struggle in school – to focus, to concentrate. They may also be experiencing issues at home which could affect their ability to perform well in school.

Poor mental health can manifest into disruptive behaviour within the classroom as well as aggressive behaviour towards others.

We often use drumming as a music therapy medium in schools as studies show the patterned, repetitive rhythmic activity produces a feeling of safety, helping children move from a highly anxious state to a calmer, more stable state. 

4. Boosts children’s self-esteem and confidence 

Low self-esteem or self-confidence are issues that we consistently see in school children, which may negatively affect school performance.

Music therapy doesn’t require a background in music; it’s accessible to all, as is drumming, making such sessions especially beneficial for the mental wellbeing of those students who may have a fear of failure or low self-worth.

You can’t fail music therapy – it will only ever motivate you and improve your mood. 

5. Develops meaningful peer relationships 

Our group music therapy sessions in school aim to develop a sense of coherence within the class.

Working together in this way, supports peer relationships, develops trust and healthy bonds, bringing about positive changes in children’s emotional wellbeing, which will serve to help elicit a more amiable school environment. 

  • We offer drumming sessions in schools across the UK, to support the mental health of young people. 
  • Drumming helps reduce feelings of aggression, stress and anxiety, providing a safe space to work to resolve conflicts. 
  • Drumming creates positive connections between children, maximising peer interactions and boosting children’s mental wellbeing.  
  • Drumming provides children with a safe space to express themselves in a fun, creative way, helping each child to build themselves up mentally, emotionally and socially. 


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