Who we are
Founder and Director
Alexia Quin is a British music therapist who founded Music as Therapy International in 1995. Alexia originally visited Romania as a volunteer for eight months in 1992. With this experience behind her, she felt that skill-sharing might have a longer term impact than volunteering and that music therapy could offer a way to address some of the emotional needs of children and adults at risk in Romania. From this grew Music as Therapy International and, as Director, Alexia has steered the charity from its original focus in Romania to working in other countries internationally and across the UK.
Alongside her work for Music as Therapy International, Alexia worked as a music therapist in the NHS for 15 years. Her clinical specialism is children with severe learning disabilities, including complex needs, emotional difficulties and challenging behaviour.
UK & International Programme Manager
In January 2017, Lindsay joined Music as Therapy International as our UK & International Programme Manager where she is currently helping to manage both their existing music skill-sharing projects and develop new opportunities both in the UK & Internationally.
Lindsay read Music at Oxford University and then worked in the Music Industry for 8 years in a range of UK & International Marketing roles. In 2006 she left her marketing career to follow her passions - music and people. Post qualifying as a music therapist in 2008 she was Head of Music Services for Nordoff Robbins South East from 2009 until 2016 where she developed a music therapy practice in Croydon, managed a team of music therapists and over 40 outreach posts.
After 9 years of working as a music therapist she remains passionate about the range of benefits that music therapy & music-making can bring people. She feels incredibly lucky to be a part of the MasT International team - it’s a dream role for her!
Rwanda Programme Manager
Hannah has been working with us for four years, bringing her degree in International Development as well as direct experience overseas to inform her involvement in our international projects. Hannah has also worked as a support worker for children and young people with disabilities in the UK, and has been involved in various creative and inclusive projects involving drama, music, dance and yoga. This year Hannah has stepped back from managing all of our projects to focus on managing our Rwanda Programme, which includes a number of different field projects to be delivered in the summer. The profile picture to the left shows Hannah working on a project in Gisenyi, Rwanda. The young girl she is with took part in a weekly music group created during this skill-sharing project.
Shannon Perkins Carr
Administration and Compliance Officer
Shannon is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the charity, as well as managing our regulatory compliance and internal policies. She is also a qualified music therapist, working with children and adolescents with a range of disabilities and special educational needs. Prior to joining the charity in 2013, Shannon worked as an administrator in higher education, as well as a guitar instructor and musician.
Richard joined the Music as Therapy International team in 2016 and is responsible for leading our five strands of fundraising: Regular Donors, Major Donors, Trusts, Corporate Partnerships and Community Fundraising.
He also works part-time for a communications agency specialising in the third sector, from which he will bring his experience of raising charity profiles and engaging new supporters and followers.
Distance Learning Programme Officer (freelance)
Magda Pata has significant experience in working through combined arts and music with children and adults with disabilities in Romania and the UK. She started working with us on a freelance basis many years ago, as our translator. In recent years she has provided her specialist consultancy to establish and develop our Distance Learning Programme in Romania and will this year be steering its pilot delivery in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
We couldn't manage without Romy Luo, our Bookkeeper! Romy incredibly kindly works on a voluntary basis and has been visiting our offices on a monthly basis since 2010.