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CHAMP Private Equity

Xylophone Project - 2012

In 2011, Giant Steps Sydney applied for a funding grant to CHAMP Equity, with the aim of setting up a program for students using tuned percussion instruments. The reasoning for using tuned percussion was to provide motivating opportunities to work on the social foundation skills in an ensemble format. An assessment tool was developed, outlining the specific music and social skills addressed in sessions, and students were assessed at the beginning of the 40-week program, and at the conclusion. 56 students aged 4-17 were included in the research, all with a primary diagnosis of moderate-severe autism. The program was implemented by a team of four Registered Music Therapists as part of the regular music therapy program delivered to all students across the school and funding was provided by CHAMP Private Equity.

 As part of this project, a report outlining objectives and outcomes has been produced and can be downloaded here.