I am just back from a short visit to Cluj, where I was delivering an Intensive Study Weekend with Advisory Panel Members Emma Lovell and Sarah Hadley. The weekend forms part of our Distance Learning Course - a chance to discuss, demonstrate and practice musical skills and other techniques which we felt would be difficult to teach through written materials alone. It was a great oportunity to meet those of our students who were able to attend - an impressive group of dedicated Romanian practitioners, all currently working with children with a wide range of disabilities. It was also quite exhausting! Punishing travel times and eight hours of teaching each day... Sarah and Emma brought impressive stamina and humour to the weekend, as well as their clinical skills.
We could not have offered this weekend without the help of Anca Mircea and Mia Cocaina from Centrul de Zi "Sf. Maria" in Cluj. Anca and Mia are Local Partners who have kept a music programme running in their Centre since their Introductory Music as Therapy Training Project back in 1999. The Centre supports a group of adults with Learning Disabilities and we were privileged to meet them and see their creative potential when we were welcomed with a performance of their music and drama. Not only did Anca and Mia help us with hospitality and translation during the weekend, but the Centre donated its premises for the training. Our sincere thanks to them.