The Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT) provides affordable music therapy and music projects for people of all ages with physical, learning, mental or neurological disability or illness.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £8,000 to the Twickenham-based charity will enable seven pupils to attend OK Music School. Here qualified music therapists teach children and young people with disabilities to play instruments or sing and perform in public.

Many children with additional needs respond to music therapy when nothing else will reach them: and OK Music School has certainly transformed lives.

Whilst at the school, their isolation is reduced as they interact and make friends; they gain communication skills, and become more confident; Improved listening skills and focus help their learning at school and performing makes them feel happier, proud of their achievements and part of the community. Some children have passed Royal School of Music exams, and some have performed on national radio.

The children say:

‘It makes me feel good about myself – I can do something well!’

“I love music because it gives me confidence and it takes me away from the pressures of real life. I make more friends here than anywhere else”

Parents say:

“OK Music School has been amazing helping my daughter to gain confidence and improve her memory and listening skills. She is able to verbalise that she is proud of herself.”

‘E has blossomed, she had very low self-esteem when we started as she was unable to attend school due to her severe anxieties. It has been a Godsend for her mental health.’

“We are delighted that the Axis Foundation has approved our application to enable seven pupils with disabilities to attend OK Music School for 36 weeks. This will make a huge difference to our work and allow more children to enjoy the benefits of learning and performing music”- Valerie Roy, Fundraising Manager, OKMT

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