Case Study - Anna

COMMUNICATION IN MUSIC

Case Study Anna

compiled by Gemma Lenton Smith, SRA(m)T, Senior 2 Music Therapist

Anna  found it difficult to interact with her peers, which made it hard for her to make friends. Anna was referred to music therapy by the SENCO of the school.  It was felt that music therapy would provide an environment for Anna to explore emotional-expression, whilst using music to develop her social and relationship skills such as sharing, turn-taking and listening. However overtime she was able to share the piano, playing jokey musical exchanges with the therapist, laughing and smiling to the therapist’s musical response. She was also able to explore aspects of her identity and how she related to others both at home and in school through creating musical stories. Within music therapy Anna became a happier child willing to have fun and sharing her space.

At the end of therapy, Anna’s teachers and her mother noticed a real change in her confidence and flexibility in interacting with others and the way she coped with difficult situations. She began to make friends and generally seemed happier both at home and in school.  Anna’s school work has also shown great improvement this academic year.