Workshops With Soundhoppers
Community Groups, One to One, Schools, Clubs, Day Centres:
Soundhoppers approach to music focuses on access for all, young and old. People with disabilities, including autism and dementia, benefit enormously from sound therapy. Children and adults who are struggling in conventional areas of communication are often highly responsive to music and are able to engage in new and individual ways. This helps to make group situations more relaxing and build confidence and trust.
With simple percussive arrangements, music is introduced in fun and therapeutic ways. The key focus is on Nature and our connection to the world around us. For young learners, noticing the natural world and learning about indigenous cultural traditions opens up whole new creative paths. I am happy to liaise with teachers and carers to create sessions that fit your needs.
Please scroll down to read some testimonials from past events.
Utilising some more unusual instruments, not commonly found in school environment. The aim is to encourage children to listen and appreciate the different qualities and atmospheres of diverse sounds.
Using Soundscapes and building ideas through music and rhythm, a playful sense of our natural connection to the environment can be explored. All of life is musical!
Songs and Movement:
Simple, repetitive chants and songs from around the world can be learned with an overlay of percussive patterns and/or dance steps.
Creating where possible by recycling, this is an opportunity for expression through simple musical and related handicrafts.
Working with you:
The aim is to co-create. Just share your ideas and an attempt will be made to find musical answers! There may be a subject you wish to explore in a completely original way.
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"We booked Soundhoppers for a large event for staff and students about celebrating diversity. I was delighted by the quality of the workshops Soundhoppers produced and all our students who attended gained some valuable information about instruments from around the world as well as the collaborative experience of making music together. I was impressed by Soundhoppers professionalism and their ability to include all the students irrespective of ability. All in all Soundhoppers provided a very creative and interesting workshop for our event which was enjoyed by all." Polly Price Equality and Diversity officer North Hertfordshire College.
"Ruth holds the magic of song within her heart accompanied by wonderful instruments. Her storytelling inspires and tales come alive with her spiral of sound. She is a joy to work with and I thoroughly recommend Soundhoppers." Chrissie Martin - Wild Peace.
"Your singing,playing your music, absolutely bliss. I did not know I had a voice, And I did not know I could be a part of everything around me, even flying out of my body in to the universe, what a liberation, fantastic." Tanja - Herts
"Soundhoppers provided the perfect entertainment for our daughters 6th Birthday Party. Care was taken to engage with us and to tailor the party to meet our requirements. The children's expectations were exceeded. A variety of activities and instruments were enjoyed, including learning some drumming, dancing and some memorable songs. It was a fantastic experience, fun and very well led. Happy to recommend to others and to consider inviting back for more." M.Moore
"I had the amazing opportunity recently to experience a beautiful, transformative healing dance session with Ruth ...we laughed, we cried and we danced our hearts out. Ruth held us in this space with immense presence, authenticity, love and encouragement. I have also been blessed to have listened to some of her stories and songs around the fire and found them to be incredibly heart warming" Heidi Strachan - Artist
"My soul is still dancing in ecstasy...thank you so much for creating and holding the ‘right kind of space’ to allow our dancing to unfold. Precious threads woven into new energetic fusions." Michelle M
"Thank you Ruth, for holding the light up to my deepest unknowns. For the trust you exude so that we can journey safely into our souls and beyond. I am truly grateful our paths have crossed." Anastasia - Herts "_