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posted Feb 7, 2019, 6:53 AM by J Grant   [ updated Feb 14, 2019, 12:25 AM ]
A new book is set to use music to tackle issues around mental health and bullying often faced by today’s teens. Written by celebrity vocal coach and mentor to rising stars of The X Factor and The Voice, CeCe Sammy, the debut educational guide uses music therapy techniques to help young people overcome societal pressures and challenges. ‘If You Can Speak You Can Sing’, draws upon CeCe’s professional life as a vocal and motivational coach and her personal life as a survivor of a brain aneurysm, which left her unable to speak or breath independently. CeCe believes music played a vital role in her recovery as, whilst recuperating in the hospital, she saw a direct correlation between music and an increase in her mental and physical stimulation. As well as offering vocal tips and tricks,‘If You Can Speak, You Can Sing’ features real-life stories of rising music stars Asher Knight and Luena Martinez, both of whom have experienced bullying, anxiety and low self-esteem. Alongside CeCe, Asher and Luena are currently touring schools around the UK, offering students the chance to take part in an ‘If You Can Speak, You Can Sing’ masterclass. These will showcase the music therapy techniques set out in the guide, whilst helping to inspire students by hearing first hand examples of how music has helped young people to overcome adversity. Also hosting the masterclasses will be 15-year-old former Open Mic UK competition winner Denis Coleman, who addresses handling school work and exam pressures with his peers, and 21-year-old former Brit School student James CC, who teaches youth empowerment exercises. The tour is part of CeCe’s ‘Power of Muzik’ initiative, which visits schools up and down the UK to encourage open conversation around mental health and inspire young people to use music as a medium to help tackle issues, such as anxiety or depression. The booklet also includes lyrics to songs exclusively created for the Power of Muzik schools tour. CeCe Sammy comments, “I hope that my new book will encourage young people to use music to help them face issues such as anxiety head on. It’s an educational tool that promotes positivity, confidence and openness through the power of music. Today’s teenagers face so many challenges as they grow up, so I can’t wait to showcase the techniques in UK schools to inspire and empower young people.”