Exploring the value of rhythm-based support with children who have experienced trauma

How can drumming and hip-hop be used to support young people in out of home care?

More than 10,000 Victorian children are living in Out of Home Care, with authorities considering their safety and wellbeing at immediate risk in the care of biological parents. Little evidence exists about best practice in support programs for these young people but recent theories, informed by neuroscience, suggest that rhythm-based activities may be one innovative and engaging approach with the potential to make a difference.

This project will engage young people who have had adverse experiences in exploring how drumming together and creating hip-hop songs might support their ability to understand and process emotional responses during challenging moments.

Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran [National Music Therapy Research Unit]

Associate Professor Helen Stokes [Youth Research Centre]

Kate Teggelove [PaKT4Change]

Celeste Haddock [Anglicare Australia]

For information about this project, please contact:

Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran
National Music Therapy Research Unit
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
Phone +61 3 8344 7382
Email: k.mcferran@unimelb.edu.au