Staff from Rocksteady Music School recently visited Naomi House & Jacksplace to host a music session with siblings of children and young adults in our care.
The children were taught how to play a variety of musical instruments including drums, the keyboard, and the guitar, alongside singing. They formed a band called ‘The Best Rainbow Band’, and Rocksteady staff, Anna, George, Sophie and Rosa, taught the band two songs including ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ by Justin Timberlake and ‘Dance Monkey’ by Tones and I. The session was concluded with a final performance of the songs to the children’s families.
The Family Support team at Naomi House & Jacksplace host regular sessions for siblings of life limited and life threatened children and young adults that visit the hospices. Siblings can enjoy social activities and experiences with other siblings in similar situations.
Naomi House & Jacksplace Support Worker, Jenny Astall, said:
It was a brilliant session where the siblings enjoyed spending quality time with each other, building confidence through socialisation and taking part in the unique experience of learning to play music! Siblings of children with a life limiting condition often may not have the chance to socialise with children in similar situations or be a part of experiences like this, so it’s important to empower them through activity days and build necessary confidence skills. Thank you so much to everyone from Rocksteady Music School for making this possible.
Anna Fitzcosta from Rocksteady Music School said:
Hosting our Rocksteady Foundation days is so important to myself and all of the staff at Rocksteady, as we truly believe that all children should have access to music, and the opportunity to feel the positive impact of playing in a band and learning instruments, no matter what a child's circumstances are.
My favourite moment of the afternoon was when we were practising for the parents' arrival, and we made tickets for them to have as they entered the room. The girls worked together to create their amazing band name and it was so wonderful to see the excitement they had and how they had bonded so well over the session.
For children, access to music is so important as it has such a powerful and positive impact on their wellbeing. It's not just about learning how to play an instrument, it's also about building their confidence, resilience and social skills through the fun of music. ‘The Best Rainbow Band’ were an absolute pleasure to Rock with!
Rocksteady is a nationwide music school that hosts in-school peripatetic tuition music sessions that make music fun and give children the chance to be in a band, perform songs they love and learn life skills. To find out more visit: https://www.rocksteadymusicschool.com/