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apiti School

Region: Wellington

Art form: Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Music and Movement Co-creation with Kāpiti Primary School and wider community

Creative name:

Project Information

We will give the opportunity for all students, staff and whānau to take part in sessions with our creative where they can discover the magic of music in a unique way – not just as an audience member or a performer, but as a co-creator. Through the use of hundreds of music-therapy instruments combined with movements and voices, he will provide a supportive environment where students and adults can let go of inhibitions, relax, play, express, have fun and communicate through sound.

Five small groups of students will work with our creative over a five-week period to explore the healing power of music at “Waiata Whakapuāwai” sessions. He will work with these students to guide them to find positive ways to process their emotions. Kōauau (traditional Māori flute) making wānanga – every student will have an opportunity to learn about the flutes, make one and learn to play it and take it home.

At the assembly and community gatherings, we will experience connection through the rhythm, harmonies and shared intention. Tamariki will learn about unusual instruments and will play them. They will learn circle dances where everyone is singing. Through the dances and instruments, we learn about different cultures.

We have decided to work with our creative as we see this kaupapa as a huge benefit to our tamariki and community's wellbeing. We have started a journey on a trauma-informed approach that will interweave with music and music therapy. This work also supports our school vision of Growing Confident Connected Explorers. Developing students' skills to work together, regulate their emotions and use music as a means of learning will further develop them around our vision. Our goal is to support children from an early age to develop skills that will support them into adulthood so they can positively contribute to their communities and whānau.

Project starting: February 2023

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