Who we are

  • Alexia Quin

    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.

  • Lindsay McHale

    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!

  • 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 James


    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.

  • Magda Pata

    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.

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