The Music Programme

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Welcome to the Music Programme

Objectives:

  • To provide children with music and sounds that regulate their nervous system
  • To provide background sounds music that can block out sudden external sounds
  • To help children regulate their nervous system in a trauma-informed way

The Music Programme

The Music Programme, exclusive to Members, provides an innovative approach to supporting anxious children through the therapeutic power of music. Research indicates that listening to music set at approximately 60 beats per minute (bpm) offers profound benefits for alleviating anxiety. This tempo synchronizes with the body’s natural relaxation response, facilitating a calm state and lowering anxiety levels significantly.

Scientifically, music at 60 bpm corresponds to the heart rate associated with the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting feelings of tranquillity and overall well-being. By immersing themselves in music at this soothing pace, children can effectively regulate their emotions and cultivate a peaceful state of mind.

The Music Programme integrates these scientific insights into a structured approach that empowers children to manage their anxious feelings through music therapy. It provides a curated selection of calming compositions and guided listening sessions designed to enhance relaxation and emotional regulation.

Practical applications of The Music Programme include incorporating music breaks throughout the day to reset and relax, using headphones during transitions to soothe anxious feelings, and integrating music into mindfulness practices or quiet time routines. These activities not only support immediate anxiety relief but also promote long-term emotional resilience and well-being.

Developed with insights from experts in child psychology and music therapy, The Music Programme ensures that educators and caregivers have the tools they need to create a nurturing environment where children can thrive emotionally and academically. By harnessing the therapeutic potential of music, this programme offers a holistic approach to supporting children’s mental health and fostering a positive school environment.

This Music Programme contains music videos on the following:

  • White Noise – 1hr 1 min on loop
  • Pink Noise – 1hr 12 mins on loop
  • Brown Noise – 1hr 11 mins on loop
  • Nature Sounds – waterfall video – 15 mins on loop
  • Regulating Music Videos at 60 bpm
    • Jellyfish – 21 mins
    • Heartbeat – 1 hr
    • Colourful particles – 5 mins
    • Relaxing particles – 1hr
    • Zig-zag – 10 mins
    • Dots – 4 mins
    • Blobs – 7 mins
    • Floating bubbles – 10 mins
    • Pyramid – 11mins
    • Flow music – 19 mins (as below)
  • Bilateral Music
    • Calming jelly fish – 31 mins
    • Bilateral blips – 31 mins
    • Positive affirmation beats – 4.30 mins
    • Binaural and bilateral beats – 10 mins

How does White Noise help?

White noise, the most common type of colour noise, consists of a balanced blend of all audible sound frequencies in the spectrum, often referred to as ‘broadband noise.’ It creates a soothing, static-like sound by mixing different frequencies, resembling the gentle hum of a fan, the quiet hum of an air conditioner, or the distant sound of a vacuum.

Studies suggest that white noise could offer various benefits, such as promoting better sleep, calming babies to reduce crying, potentially aiding in improved focus during study work, and possibly helping to ease symptoms associated with ADHD.

How does Pink Noise help?

Pink noise functions as a constant background sound, effectively muting distracting elements such as conversations or passing vehicles, thus promoting an uninterrupted sleep environment. Often referred to as ambient noise, it serves a similar purpose to white noise but operates with deeper, mellower tones and lower sound waves, offering a potentially gentler and more soothing experience. Essentially, pink noise maintains a lower pitch compared to white noise.

This form of noise sustains a consistent frequency, creating a smooth and uniform sound akin to a gentle rain, the soft rustle of wind through trees, or the serene waves lapping on a beach. Its deeper resonance and lower waves effectively filter out higher-pitched sounds, allowing for a more calming auditory experience filled with relaxing, lower-frequency tones.

How does Brown Noise help?

Often referred to as red noise, brown noise generates a deep, rumbling sound with a bass-heavy quality, distinct from both pink and white noise. In contrast to pink noise, the sound intensity decreases significantly as the frequency ascends, resulting in a texture akin to a continuous, intense rainfall or a powerful, consistent shower. Some sleep applications opt for this sound over pink noise for its deeper, grittier effect.

How does 60 bpm Regulating Music help?

A heart rate of around 60 beats per minute (bpm) is often considered soothing because it aligns with the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation and calmness. This heart rate reflects a state of rest and digest, where the body is not under stress and can focus on recovery and rejuvenation. It’s associated with decreased levels of stress hormones like cortisol and increased activity of the vagus nerve, which helps regulate heart rate and promote relaxation. Therefore, activities like deep breathing or listening to music with a rhythm close to 60 bpm can help induce a sense of calm and well-being.

Why is Bilateral Music Soothing?

Bilateral sounds, such as binaural beats, can also be really helpful for anxious dysregulated children. These sounds stimulate both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously, promoting a sense of balance and relaxation. Research suggests that bilateral sounds can entrain the brain to specific frequencies, leading to changes in brainwave activity associated with relaxation and reduced anxiety. When combined with music at 60 bpm, bilateral sounds create a multisensory experience that further enhances the calming effect, providing anxious children with a powerful tool for managing their emotions and promoting overall well-being.

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