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Makaton Santas

Makaton Santas

On Tuesday 29th October we had a very exciting day with our Makaton Choir at Orchard brae School. The choir were fortunate enough to be invited to launch a project training local Santas, Mrs Clauses and Elves in Makaton. Our choir then featured on BBC…

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Creative Learning Award for the Makaton Choir

Creative Learning Award for the Makaton Choir

We were absolutely delighted to spend this afternoon at the Beach Ball Room for ‘The Children and Young People’s Services Awards’ hosted by Aberdeen City Council with members of our Makaton choir from Orchard Brae School. We were even happier when presented with the Creative…

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Thank you Jeanne

Thank you Jeanne

We were very sad to say goodbye to Jeanne from the ELM team this year. Jeanne carried out some wonderful music therapy sessions with children and young people during her time at ELM and will be greatly missed. We wish Jeanne all the best on…

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‘I have the Right to Access all Genres of Music’

‘I have the Right to Access all Genres of Music’

As part of our Summer term’s theme of “Rights”, we organised a musical project week to culminate the term. We had a wide variety of music visitors and we thank them very much for coming to play for the pupils of Orchard Brae School. Please…

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Choir Workshop Afternoon

Choir Workshop Afternoon

We were very pleased to organise a choir workshop afternoon collaborating three choirs in order for them to share their different approaches. Orchard Brae’s Makaton Choir, The Kitty Choir from Kittybrewster Primary School and Singing Hands; a BSL signing choir. It was wonderful to all…

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Light the Blue Festival 2019

Light the Blue Festival 2019

Emmeline from ELM Music Therapy was fortunate enough to be a part of Orchard Brae School’s performance in the Light the blue Festival with Aberdeen Performing Arts. Orchard Brae pupils took the audience on a sensory journey through the seasons, accompanied by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons…

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Music Therapy and Technologies

Music Therapy and Technologies

At ELM Music Therapy we are very keen to incorporate technology into our therapeutic work where it is applicable. We use a variety of programmes on the I-pad including; garage band, bloom and the thumb jam as well as using skoogs, drum pads and switches….

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Harp Day!

Harp Day!

We were delighted to host and sponsor a Harp afternoon for the pupil’s of Orchard Brae School. Mary Page is a fellow music therapist and harpist who has recently moved to Scotland from Arizona. It was wonderful to watch many children and young people interact…

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Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University

Emmeline at ELM was very honoured this year to, for the first time, be a practice educator and host a placement for a trainee music therapist from Queen Margaret University. ELM were very lucky to host the wonderful Nadine. Nadine worked closely with two pupils…

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Music Therapy Room

Music Therapy Room

We are delighted to share a picture of our new Music Therapy Room at Orchard Brae School. The room has made such a difference for many of the pupils’ music therapy experience – this has also been added to by the donation of our lovely…

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