BOLOGNA: The songs from “Zecchino d’oro” to help children with fragility

It happens in Bologna in Antoniano Therapeutic Center – which since 1981 has been concerned with rehabilitation, well-being and prevention pathways for children in developmental age – to use music therapy in an active way, as the primary tool to establish and build the relationship through the sound-musical channel and start a non-verbal communication, where musical improvisation is the main way of approaching the other.

In fact, during music therapy workshops, in individual or group meetings, not only numerous classical musical instruments such as grand piano or ethnic, the ORFF instruments and the sound bed are used, but also the voice and songs by Zecchino d’Oro, which, in addition to being a tool for entertainment, healthy growth and the dissemination of positive values, also becomes a resource to help children with fragility. “In music therapy, therapies are tailored to each patient’s needs: usually musical instruments and improvisation are used, but if we find it necessary, we also use the voice and some songs,” he declares. Elena Romanelli, the center’s music therapist. “There are no songs that are more suitable than others for music therapy, it all depends on the needs of the children being followed. A few years ago, for example, we did a project with the Zecchino d’Oro song The dancing chicken“, continues Marinella Maggiore, expert music therapist and member of the World Federation of Music Therapy as Regional Liaison Europe “The choice fell on this Zecchino song because the chicken is born lame but manages to turn this difficulty into an opportunity. The chicken learns to sling and become a master. A story that can be an inspiration to children and help them overcome their fragility ».

The center mainly cares for patients in developmental age with neurological, learning and relational disorders (such as selective mutism) or children who are victims of traumatic events (fleeing conflicts and suffering from migration trauma).

In addition, music therapists Elena Romanelli and Marinella Maggiore deal with developmental disorders (autism), rare genetic syndromes and work with premature babies.

The work goals are personalized and agreed with the reference teams, which also consist of child psychologists and neuropsychiatrists.

Through Zecchino d’Oro and his songs, Antoniano has always promoted music, not only as a tool for the healthy growth of children, but also as a resource to overcome difficult moments and help the most fragile.

Among the initiatives Antoniano carried out in the field of music therapy involved the “Rigoletto” project, created in collaboration with the Senzaspine Orchestra and in continuity with the “Don Giovanni” project, children followed in the field of music therapy or in other therapeutic paths at the Antoniano Therapeutic Center. the two works accessible and usable even by spectators with difficulty. The little patients came in contact with the history, the music, the author and the era in which the work was written in ways that were accessible to them. As part of the project, operas and, in general, musical works were used to promote their development, relationships, integration and inclusion “because music for all is a means of unification and sharing beyond fragility”, emphasizes director of Antoniano fr. Giampaolo Cavalli.

Music has always been at the heart of the activities for the little ones that Antoniano performs with Zecchino d’Oro: Piccolo Coro is the first advocate of Antoniano’s social commitment and Zecchino d’Oro – born to spread values ​​of peace, brotherhood and hope through music and children’s songs – has always supported solidarity projects for the benefit of the most vulnerable.

At the end of the Don Giovanni and Rigoletto projects and on the occasion of 21 June, European Music Festival, Antoniano will dedicate a day to the children who participated in Antoniano’s music therapy workshops and music courses, who together with their families will participate in dance performances, projections and videos. «This day – ends fr. Giampaolo Cavalli – it is also an opportunity to remember the importance of music in the lives of children and their families: sheet music and songs are not only entertainment tools, but also important resources for healthy and peaceful growth ».

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