Hey thanks for stopping by. I’ve worked and researched children’s and young people’s music engagement in relation to how they learn and in mental health for over 20 years. It has been a real privilege, and a lot of fun to work with young people. I have worked in an acute mental health facility for children and young people for many years, and many of them have told me how powerful and meaningful their music listening is to them. They’ve said that when they listen to music it helps them make sense of their big thoughts and feelings. Most of the time they listen to music purely for pleasure, fill in time and especially when they’re bored.
I have learned so much from working with young people through my work in learning and mental health, and through my PhD. Many of them have told me about the incredible meaning of their preferred music. I’ve found that their music helps to connect with them, helps them to feel heard and make sense of their inner world. Most of all their music listening is a natural and powerful way to help them get through the difficult ups and downs of growing up and teenage life. I feel very lucky to work with them through music.
Tune Your Mood® was created in 2011 as a youth health initiative. Since then I’ve also collaborated with award-winning youth health portal Tune In Not Out as a music-based e-platform www.tuneinnotout.com/music to promote positive youth health.
If you have an idea about working with young people,
or would like me to work with a young person, please contact me at email@example.com - I look forward to hearing from you to discuss how we can work together.
Songs For Monday
"Some songs encourage us to be strong, give us hope and courage, to face the day. Sometimes we need to be chilled to get through the day."
I’ve also been very lucky to listen to the young people’s music with them. Many of them have said that when we share this space together, it helps them to feel heard. It has certainly helped me to connect with them, and hear what’s happening for them through their favourite song.