Extraordinarily Moving Music

The Children's Trust Blogger

Today on European Music Therapy Day (15 November), which aims to promote the connection between health and music, we have released a nationwide poll showing the important role music plays in our lives. Yet for those living with brain injury, music therapy can help express emotions and has scientifically-proven health benefits. It has the power to inspire and motivate children to walk, talk and smile again after a life-changing accident or illness, and it’s why we have launched the  Extraordinary Music Box Appeal. Read on to gain a fascinating insight into our relationship with music...
Music Moves us - an info-graphic displaying the results of a survey carried out by The Children\'s Trust as part of the Extraordinary Music Box Appeal. The same information is also displayed in plain text on this page.



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Bobby and Mum Carly at The Children\\\'s Trust
"Bobby used to love playing a boxing game on his computer. So at The Children’s Trust, staff put the song from that game on, and used it to get him focusing on two beats in it, to get his walk right. We’ve taken the song home with us and we use it to help him with his walking every day. Now he can do 150 steps!" - Carly, Bobby's mum
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The key findings

  • The nation’s top three feel good songs: ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’, Katrina and the Waves’ ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’
  • 40% of Brits said listening to music has helped them through a difficult situation in their personal lives
  • The average Brit spends just under two hours a day listening to music (mean: 1 hour 53 minutes)
  • 1 in 2 of us turn to music for comfort (50%)
  • Over two fifths of Brits (41%) say that music helps combat stress and anxiety
  • Almost half (46%) say music improves their mood.

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The research for The Children’s Trust was carried out online by Opinion Matters between 20/09/2018 and 24/09/2018 amongst a panel resulting in 2,004 UK adult respondents. All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).