Musharaf Asghar, a student at Thornhill Academy in northeast England, overcame an acute stammer when his teacher, Matthew Burton, borrowed an idea from The King’s Speech. The teacher asked his student to put on some headphones playing the music of Ben Howard, and to start reciting a poem called ‘The Moment.’ Suddenly, for the first time, the words began to flow. All of this was captured in a documentary series, Educating Yorkshire, that aired on the BBC. The segment above concludes with Mushy, as he’s known, giving a short talk in front of his class, at what looks like a graduation ceremony. It didn’t take long for his fellow students to break down in tears.
Writing recently in The Guardian, the student recalls. “My nerves over speaking in assembly were TERRIBLE though. I didn’t realise how big 200 people looks like. I was sweating and I had a little wobble but eventually, I managed to get through it. I was excited, if nervous, about the whole thing going out. But I’m really happy and proud to be on telly as I hope it gives other people with a stammer the confidence to have a go at public speaking. My speech is getting better every week. Everyone at college gives me time, but I’m getting quicker anyway so they don’t miss their bus while they are listening to me. I still won’t be applying for any call-centre jobs yet though.” Find more information on how music therapy can help people overcome stuttering here.