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.
Support and Development Manager
Jane Robbie has been working with Music as Therapy International since 2000. Having been heading the Projects' Team for many years, and with extensive experience of devising, developing and overseeing all our international projects, Jane will be stepping back from her day-to-day work with us in the Spring and joining our Board of Trustees. Until then she continues as our Support and Development manager working one day a week.
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 is the newest addition to the Music as Therapy International team and is responsible for leading all our fundraising efforts.
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.
Romanian Programme Officer
Magda Pata has experience in working through combined arts and music with children and adults with disabilities in Romania and the UK. She joined our team as a translator a few years back and now has a more integral role of Romanian Programme Officer, with particular focus on our Distance Learning Programme.
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.