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What are the benefits of outdoor musical instruments?

Benefits of Musical Playground Equipment for Schools


Playing an outdoor musical instrument does not have a required skill level, or an age limit, so it's something that friends or families can do together, all contributing and creating their own musical ideas and sounds.

We strongly believe that outdoor musical play ticks all the right boxes – it offers cognitive, emotional and physical play opportunities. Outdoor musical instruments provide an alternative play solution to a number of locations such as public parks, school playground equipment, forests and other public areas. They encourage cooperation and creative thinking - perfect for those who want to avoid conflict and create harmony in their outdoor environment.

Outdoor musical instruments present schools with an excellent way of incorporating outdoor education into the day-to-day curriculum and children will love the fact that music can be used in a context outside of the classroom. They make wonderful playground equipment for schools and nurseries as well as outdoor learning and music resources. The introduction of a musical garden or outdoor 'soundscape' will excite and inspire children musically while enjoying the obvious benefits that arise from spending time in the natural environment.

Being outside is necessary for well-being and enjoyment of life itself and a number of Care and Nursing Homes are seeing the benefits of creating dementia friendly sensory gardens for residents and visitors to enjoy, creating little sanctuaries that appeal to all the senses through the creative use of colours, smells, textures and sounds. Music is important in all aspects of life and a crucial factor in any sensory environment. A musical sound garden combines the benefits of a sensory garden with playing musical instruments - an increasingly popular care home activity. Creating a sound garden for residents will engage their senses whilst having a little fun - an invitation to experience the outdoors in a new and fascinating way. Music motivates, enriches, touches, relaxes, and energises the elderly in nursing homes.

There are no rules for musical improvisation, the focus is on creativity and expression and there are no instruments as easy to learn as ours, yet they’re capable of making some very complex, very beautiful music.

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