Art, specifically music can be a big resource for Therapists. It can be a big tool for learning, stress busting and can also be a tool for improving one’s intelligence particularly emotional intelligence.
And this was proven during the recent launch of the Amani India Project partnered with Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence to weave their programme into music making curriculum, Smile Foundation and Children in Harmony.
This is an initiative through which children learn to identify, comprehend and manage their emotions through music – the project brought together teachers, student mentors, and schoolchildren. The project focuses on music theory, music practice and its association with emotional intelligence training. Ms Palak Muchhal, celebrity playback singer, attended the event and actively trained, guided and collaborated with the young artists – adding value to their different song compositions.
The event centred on enabling students to learn the basics of music making – beat, rhythm, tone, dynamics, and pitch while establishing an emotional connect with the same. When they combined all of their new understanding through project-based learning, true transformation began to take place. Activities included ice-breaking sessions, jam sessions, song composition and practice sessions, working with mood meters, performing to the different songs and group recitals.
Santanu Mishra, Co- Founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation says, “Children learnt to fashion their own ‘do it yourself’ instruments from objects as they composed music and lyrics. Songs were focused on empathising with people who are different. Our objective was to help them become ‘artivists’ – activist artists who put into motion all of the new equity skills they’ve learned in the Amani Project, specifically around (but not limited to) gender. “
Andrew Lewis, Program Director for Children in Harmony said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Smile Foundation for this initial phase of the Amani Project. The objective is to enable these new student leaders to go home, open their own Amani Project clubs and invite their friends to learn about emotional intelligence and making music. We have started in Delhi this year and will be expanding across India in the years to come.”
Erik Gregory, Executive Director of the Los Angeles based non-profit, Children in Harmony said,”We have found the perfect partner in the Smile Foundation. Their existing programs for students across India have had incredible and long – lasting results. Our joint program, the Amani Project, will be yet another success story and will allow students and adults to learn vital life skills that will help them flourish in their communities.”
Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation reaching out to more than 600,000 underprivileged children, youth and women directly every year through more than 250 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, youth employability, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.
Website – www.smilefoundationindia.org