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.
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 is moving into a new role this year. This summary will be updated shortly with fuller details of her responsibilities! She is based in our Brighton office.
Projects' Operational Manager
Hannah brings a 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. Hannah splits her time between the Brighton and London office and is also actively involved in field work when needed. The profile picture to the left shows her 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
Shannon is a music therapist, and has previously worked as an administrator in higher education, as well as a guitar instructor and musician. As well as being the administrator, she is responsible for coordinating the Interactive Music-Making Course.
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.