Things are swinging for the special-needs people

A MUSIC therapy project called “Timba”, set up for special-needs individuals, has been launched by Adeje Council, with the municipal School of Music and the Los Olivos centre for functional diversity.

The programme, under Councillors Carmen Rosa González Cabrera and Carmen Lucía Rodríguez, will be open to any special-needs people in the borough, the main aim being to bring music to the whole population.

“This is a programme to use music as a physical, psychological and social tool to improve the lives of individuals,” said Carmen Rosa González.

And Carmen Lucia Rodríguez added: “Music as therapy is not just an idealistic notion in the search for ‘curative power’. “The therapeutic effects of music are the results of professional methods, which are applied properly.”

Those interested in signing up can do so through the Adeje School of Music, with classes in the mornings and afternoons on offer. It is thought that the morning hours would suit adults with some form of special needs, while the afternoon sessions might be better suited to people with functional diversity, who are attending regular educational centres in the mornings.

Among the aims will be the “improvement of communication through music, listening, dancing or playing, transmitting feelings and ideas, improving interpersonal relationships and self-awareness,” said Carmen Lucia Rodríguez.

The teachers will focus on multi-sensory stimulation, self-expression, helping to develop intellectual capacity, improve cognitive abilities and psychomotor functions, such as spatial perception, motor skills and co-ordination.

The project has already completed a pilot phase in Los Olivos centre, with a high level of satisfaction reported from students and teachers.

“Now, we want to take it a step further and open the programme to everyone, so we need the School of Music to come on board, as here we have the installation and the teaching staff who are able to become involved in the project,” said Cllr Rodríguez.

Cllr Carmen Rosa González added: “Attention to those with special needs is part of the School of Music’s protocol. “Currently, we have a dozen students with some form of disability, and we are interested in opening the school’s doors to many more people, in particular, to what is, in some ways, a ‘vulnerable’ section of our society. And the school is 100% behind the project.”


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