Musical Interaction facilitates an interactive process between Shirley and the participant in the studio one to one.
The participant is encouraged to take the lead, whilst Shirley's role is to promote engagement and to extend interaction with the them and facilitate using music to interact promoting emotional well being, interaction and communication.
As an approach, it is distinct from music therapy although there are certain similarities and works well for young people who aren't accessing mainstream education for one reason or another
For some participants, Shirley uses various creative software to make soundtracks and soundscapes encouraging IT skills and developing listening abilities. For instance, we may take a hand held recorder outside and record some everyday sounds. Taking them back to the studio, then input those sounds and create music around them using loops, real time audio and digital instruments. By using film, we can add to the project again by creating a visual representation of music/sound and explore ways in which we use music and audio to change a mood or see sound as well as hear it