Due to the conditions refugee children and adolescents are subjected to in the Greek camps and the strain their minds and bodies are suffering from, we consider our specialized music program a fundamental and valuable element for this group. When working with displaced and traumatized children, education is the most powerful tool we can use to support and empower them. Education is a vehicle to increase resilience and bring about positive change, by developing knowledge, musical-, social and emotional skills, positive behavior, and healthy bonding.
According to academic research, music education and music therapy can have a notable positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. Music provides a creative space to self-express, create, grow, heal and learn about oneself. Playing music requires and trains self-discipline, concentration, structured working, cooperative and social skills, skills that are of great importance to displaced children and adolescents.
Music impacts our brains as well on a cognitive, emotional and social level, and it positively affects the areas that are negatively affected by trauma. Playing an instrument gives a massive boost to different areas in the brain and ‘broken connections’ by trauma for example, can be restored. By letting the children sing or giving them an instrument in group activities, we are giving the brain all the ingredients it needs to develop. Want to learn more about this process? Watch this interview of Professor Erik Scherder with Connect by Music.