Ten Top Tips for Empowering Young People Through the Power of Music

By Stacey Green – Freedom Foundation

  

  1. Use inspirational music to create a sense of calmness that makes children feel safe and secure – Young people are more likely to interact and participate in sessions if they don’t feel judged.

  2. Find music that motivates the mind to improve their mindset- Music has the power to empower and will help children to reflect on their emotions, feeling safe to express them.

  3. Give examples of various artists who have embraced different sounds to create new music- Many children only listen to current music and aren’t aware of alternative choices that they may be able to connect with emotionally.

  4. Always ensure that the children understand that music is a personal choice and down to individual interpretation- Exploring different genres of music gives young people the opportunity to broaden their musical tastes and spark creativity.

  5. Choose choreography that embraces the freedom of movement – this enables children to channel their energies through physical activity.

  6. Try changing light settings to create a different ambiance for your sessions- Many children feel less exposed when the lighting is lowered or coloured.

  7. Always encourage young people to explore their own choreography and find ways to express their feelings through creativity- Some children find it easier to share ideas through movement rather than vocalise their concerns or worries.

  8. Try to avoid taking over- Hold back, and watch those children go! Expression through movement is best when it’s free flowing.

  9. ‘If in doubt, dance it out’- children are used to stomping their feet from an early age to release frustrations.  Why not continue that and stomp it out to the beat!
  10. Never underestimate how much music and dance can improve a child’s mental health- Releasing tensions and expressing creativity can unlock deep emotions that need to be shared.