What we do
Our aim is to make the unique and life-enhancing benefits of music available to as many vulnerable, marginalised people as possible. Our approach has been developed over twenty years of working internationally, beginning in Romania and expanding to reach multiple countries in four continents.
Drawing on the core principles of music therapy, our projects provide training to staff working in schools, care centres and residential homes. Our accessible approach equips them with new ways of working with vulnerable people in their care on a day-to-day basis, using simple music therapy techniques.
There is no one-size-fits-all model. We have a portfolio of adaptable activities we can tailor to suit local needs. These activities are developed in collaboration with our Local Partners, in keeping with our values as an organisation.
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is a broad, flexible discipline in which music is used as a creative and non-verbal medium through which the difficulties of our ‘clients’ can be addressed.
Those who may receive music therapy, include children or adults with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioural problems. They may be the elderly, people with terminal illness, or those suffering from a variety of mental health problems.
When used consistently in simple musical activities and with a range of musical instruments, they can help vulnerable people develop their self-awareness and interaction with others, social and play skills, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. Whilst people might develop some new music skills, this is not its primary aim. Music Therapy is not music education.
Regular therapeutic music sessions can help people connect and develop trusting relationships with others and provide a sense of belonging.
For more information about the clinical practice of music therapy please visit the British Association for Music Therapy website. Or to find out about music therapy as a career click here.
How we do it
All of our project work follows three key stages of progress: We start by introducing our Local Partners to music therapy techniques and work through to the point where they take ownership of the future of the practice in their care settings and beyond. We believe this models best practice for international development.
Find out about volunteering on one of our Projects by clicking the Get Involved tab.
As an organisation we do not take a top-down approach. We consider the people ‘on the ground’ who help plan, deliver and sustain our projects as our partners and they are directly involved in how projects are designed to ensure we meet their needs as they see them. Throughout this website you will see these people referred to as our Local Partners.