L&L CEU: Making Music for the Outdoors

April 19, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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SWT Design
7722 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63119


Join Robin Ashfield of Percussion Play, visiting St. Louis from Britain, for a presentation on why music works in an outdoor environment and can be enjoyed by everyone. Learn about extending play beyond the tradition, inclusivity and special needs, and the positivity of multi-generational play and interaction. 

Subject: Parks & Recreation 
Credit Hours: 1.0

  • The changes in playground standards seem to go some way in recognizing the diverse and current trends in play equipment design, thinking beyond the typical climber, slide, and swing. With a welcome advance in helping communities succeed in creating inclusive play environments, the standards now recognize new equipment that children of all abilities can easily play on and love - such as musical instruments.
  • Differences in age, gender, ethnic or linguistic background have no place in music and obstacles present in other activities defined by motor and mental ability are absent where music is concerned.
  • Outdoor Musical Instruments in the playground provide a non-threatening and fun outlet for creative and emotional expression and through the medium of music many essential life skills can be learned. Music can have a profound effect on anyone, but the benefits of exposing a child with special needs to music can be huge.


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