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Celebrating our 2019 IMM Award recipients

Posted in Blog, Projects on 11th November 2019

Our Interactive Music-Making training course is now in its eighth week – how time flies! We’re sharing this collage of our 2019 IMM Award recipients to celebrate the efforts of all our students, and also to remind our followers of our IMM Award Scheme. Seven... Read on

Donor of the Month for October

Posted in Fundraising Events on 29th October 2019

Our Donor of the Month for October has been awarded to someone who does not only generously donate but has also organised events to fundraise for Music as Therapy International. After the fundraising event held last month, we were given added reasons to why this... Read on

Final reflections from Chelsea Court Place

Posted in Blog on 21st October 2019

In her final blog, Susanna reflects on the progress made by our newest partners at Chelsea Court Place and shares some exciting news for the future:   The training at Chelsea Court Place has come to an end and I would like to say a massive CONGRATULATIONS to... Read on

Our Radio 4 Appeal!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 13th October 2019

Our BBC Radio 4 charity appeal is now live!  You can now listen to award-winning actor and long-time supporter Imelda Staunton CBE present our appeal on the BBC Radio 4 Appeal website! The success of this Appeal is dependent on your support so please, please... Read on

Our Autumn Partner Newsletter is here!

Posted in Blog on 10th October 2019

Following April's Spring Newsletter, we've created the Autumn edition to focus in on one of our three key client groups: Adults with Learning Disabilities (ALD).  The number of Adults with Learning Disabilities is growing, and yet the evidence and resources... Read on

Tune in to our BBC Radio 4 Appeal!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 8th October 2019

Music as Therapy International has been selected as BBC Radio 4 charity appeal of the week this October! We are thrilled to announce we have been selected as a BBC Radio 4 charity appeal of the week for 13th – 17th October 2019. Please tune in to hear Imelda... Read on

Blog two from Chelsea Court Place!

Posted in Blog, Projects on 3rd October 2019

Susanna Bajali reflects on the progress being made at Chelsea Court Place as the end of the project nears: Things are going really well here at Chelsea Court Place. All five participating members of staff have now had a go at leading music groups by themselves... Read on

The final blog from Invernevis House!

Posted in Blog, Projects on 3rd October 2019

Thank you to Clare Reynolds, the music therapist who has been leading the Invernevis project with great expertise over the last eight weeks! Here she reflects on the final session, delivered yesterday:  Well, after eight weeks, last wednesday was my last day... Read on

Donor of the Month for September

Posted in Fundraising Events on 1st October 2019

Our Donor of the Month for September has been supporting our cause for 7 years after listening to our Radio 4 Appeal in 2012. We are now thrilled to be selected again as one of BBC Radio 4 charity appeals. Want to support us like this month's Donor of the... Read on

It's week 6 at Inverness House!

Posted in Blog, Projects on 26th September 2019

Music therapist Clare Reynolds shares her experiences as our Introductory Training Field Project reaches week number six: It's week 6 already, I can't believe it!! It's been difficult managing to see everybody each week so although this should have... Read on

Week four at Invernevis House

Posted in Blog, Projects on 18th September 2019

As the Invernevis project passes the half-way mark, Clare Reynolds shares her highlights from week four:  Well, I can't believe we are into week four already! The groups have been running well over the past few weeks and next week, Mandy, a volunteer at... Read on

Week four at Chelsea Court Place

Posted in Blog, Projects on 10th September 2019

Music therapist Susanna Bajali reports back at the half way point from our project closest to home, at Chelsea Court Place in Kensington, London:   We’re now into week four of the Chelsea Court Place project and time is flying away! Already it has been a great... Read on

Nina Presenting at ECArTE Confernece

Posted in Projects on 6th September 2019

Advisory Panel member Nina Cherla will be presenting a paper at this week's 15th ECArTE Conference, taking place in Spain. Nina's paper "Skill-sharing in music therapy - laying the foundations for greater awareness and community involvement" will look... Read on

Week three blog from Invernevis House

Posted in Blog, Projects on 4th September 2019

With an initial visit and two sessions under her belt, music therapist and project lead Clare Reynolds shares her thoughts on the Invernevis project at (nearly!) the half way point...  So, second week at Invernevis and the staff and residents are working hard... Read on

Cupsmith show their support with every packet sold!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 3rd September 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Cupsmith – a producer of artisan teas, coffees and hot chocolates – will be supporting Music as Therapy International for the next 12 months. Cupsmith, which is headed up by husband and wife George and Emma Crawford, will be... Read on

Donor of the Month for August

Posted in Fundraising Events on 30th August 2019

Our Donor of the Month for August is now revealed...   We believe passionately in the power of music and we are pleased that our donors feel the same.   Does music play an important part in your life too and do you feel that you want to support others have... Read on

Initial Visit at Invernevis House

Posted in Blog, Projects on 29th August 2019

Clare Reynolds shares her experience of the initial visit at Invernevis House in her first project blog: So, day one (the intial visit) of our Invernevis Music as Therapy project. A little confusion to begin with but when has there ever been a project without... Read on

Busking at Eymet Market

Posted in Fundraising Events on 28th August 2019

Earlier in the Summer Edie and Katie put their musical talents to work for us, busking at Eymet Market and donating the proceeds to us. Alexia, our Director, first encountered music therapy when she was of a similar age - an experience that started the passion... Read on

Project announcement: Introductory Training at Chelsea Court Place

Posted in Blog, Projects on 22nd August 2019

We are delighted to announce another UK Introductory Training Project, starting next week on Friday 30th August, in partnership with Chelsea Court Place, a residential home for people living with dementia.  Chelsea Court Place is situated in Kensington, London... Read on

Locally-Led Support Visits in Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 21st August 2019

Our 3 Rwandan Local Trainers (Audace, Alphonsine and Fidele) have visited staff in 4 centres who they have trained in 2018 to use music when working with the children in their care. It is fantastic to know that the Locally-Led Training in Rwanda is going a step... Read on

Introductory Training Project begins at Invernevis House

Posted in Blog, Projects on 14th August 2019

We're excited to announce our latest UK introductory training project, in partnership with Invernevis House, in the Scottish Highlands! Invernevis House is an NHS Highland Care Home in Fort William, managed by Claire Cameron, who is a  strong believer in... Read on

Capacity Building in Romania

Posted in Projects on 6th August 2019

It has been great to hear from two of our Local Partners in Romania, Monika Szabo and Maia Indries, who have been taking their music skills to a people attending a hospice in Tinca. Monika explained that their original aims were to use music to add to the patients... Read on

Donor of the Month for July

Posted in Fundraising Events on 30th July 2019

Let's give a big round of applause to our Donor of the Month for July... There are many ways anyone can support us. Take a look at our Get Involved section on our website for some ideas. Read on

We are supporting BBC Music Day 2019!

Posted in Blog, Fundraising Events on 29th July 2019

We’re very excited to announce that we’re joining the BBC Music Day initiative - which aims to bring music to as many people with dementia as possible. BC Music Week takes place from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th September, and we're really looking forward... Read on

A Fundrasing Performance

Posted in Fundraising Events on 23rd July 2019

In two months, our regular donor, Elaine Streeter and Jane Gibson are having a fundraising performance (of Music for Two Pianos) for Music as Therapy International! It is fantastic to see our incredible supporters get involved! Click here for more details about... Read on

Radio 4 Appeal

Posted in Fundraising Events on 9th July 2019

  In 2012, Music as Therapy International had an Appeal of Radio 4 and now we are very excited to have our application accepted by the BBC for another Radio 4 Appeal! Last week Richard and Makeda went to a briefing to hear more about creating an appeal. Information... Read on

Supervised Practice in Myanmar

Posted in Projects on 3rd July 2019

Since 2012, we have occasionally assisted music therapist Tsvia Horesh with her own skill-sharing project benefiting local teachers in Myanmar and at the beginning of this year, we worked with Tsvia to adapt the Practical Assignment component from our Distance... Read on

Donor of the Month for June

Posted in Fundraising Events on 28th June 2019

We are proud to present our Donor of the Month for June!... There are many ways anyone can get involved. An example of a fantastic way is how this month's Donor of the Month chose to support us! Feeling inspired?...   Read on

Thank you nSpireMe

Posted in Fundraising Events on 18th June 2019

Thank you nSpireMe for donating the proceedings made from every reported bug found on your start-up App created to help young violinists with their practice. It is fantastic to have the support of nSpireMe and to meet some of their enthusiastic team members. &#... Read on

Sound-Art-E-Motion Association

Posted in Projects on 14th June 2019

Our Director, Alexia, is delighted to have been welcomed as an honorary member to the new Association “Sound-Art-E-Motion” supporting practitioners working therapeutically with music and the arts in Romania.   This association was founded by our Local Partners... Read on

Blended Learning Programme 2019-20

Posted in Projects on 4th June 2019

Our Blended Learning Programme 2019-20 will start later this month. Thanks to Ahmad Al’Azzeh for his hard work making sure people locally know about this training opportunity and that it reaches people working with some of the most vulnerable children living... Read on

Donor of the Month for May

Posted in Fundraising Events on 31st May 2019

We are very excited to present our new 'Donor of the Month' initiative! We want to celebrate and champion our supporters because our supporters' generosity allows us to make the unique and life-enhancing benefits of music available to as many vulnerable... Read on

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Blended Learning Programme 2018-19

Posted in Projects on 21st May 2019

Congratulations to the 6 Palestinian social workers, teachers and activity leaders who are coming to the end of our Blended Learning Programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Our thanks to Magda Pata, Fabienne van Eck and Ahmad Al-azzeh for steering them... Read on

5th Aunnal Music Therapy Conference in Brasov, Romania

Posted in Projects on 14th May 2019

Dates for the 5th Annual Music Therapy Conference in Brasov are confirmed and we are extremely excited! The University of Transylvania will be hosting again the conference and it will take place on 15-17 November 2019. The event will be focused around “The Power... Read on

Spring UK Partner Newsletter!

Posted in Blog on 8th May 2019

Last week we shared our Spring Newsletter with all of our UK Partners, along with a free pair of Music as Therapy egg shakers for everyone who signed up.  This newsletter looks at celebrating partner practitioners, new and old, for their dedication to music... Read on

Follow Up Visit in Ethiopia

Posted in Blog, Projects on 26th April 2019

Last week, Hannah and Lily returned back to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to undertake a Follow Up Visit to the care settings where they had delivered Introductory Training Projects last year. Here is an account of their time visiting and seeing how our Local Partners... Read on

MacIntyre No Limits: final blog and reflections

Posted in Blog, Projects on 2nd April 2019

Since January this year, music therapist Susanna Bajali has been delivering an Introductory Training Project at Dell Farm, with a group of teenagers and young people and their support workers. The project has been run in collaboration with MacIntyre's... Read on

Shraddha Centre Update and Nina Cherla's Experience

Posted in Blog on 26th March 2019

India has always had a special place in my heart and I have been visiting this wonderful country regularly for over a decade. I love the people, the colours, the spices and of course - the music. There is nothing quite as tranquil as the drone of a tanpura or... Read on

ELCJHLS Introductory Training Project Update

Posted in Blog on 21st March 2019

A short training was planned to top up skills learnt some years ago, and bring in new people as staff have moved on, in the ELCJHLS in the West Bank. You can see where this training began in 2012 (Sept and Oct blogs) but it has been in process since Liz made contact... Read on

Intensive Study Weekend in Romania

Posted in Projects on 12th March 2019

Our thanks to Hospice Speranta in Brasov for hosting our Intensive Study Weekend at the start of March. This fantastic facility provided us with a wonderful training space, the permission to make lots of noise in our music-making(!) and helped us make sure all... Read on

Music Therapy Conference in Gerogia

Posted in Projects on 8th March 2019

On World Music Therapy Day (1st March), Jenny and Isabel attended and presented at our Local Partner's first Music Therapy Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia. The theme for the conference was 'Music Unites'. Over 55 people attended and at one point, there... Read on

Week 4 update, from the MacIntyre Introductory Training Project

Posted in Blog on 27th February 2019

Music Therapist Susanna Bajali shares her reflections so far on the introductory training project taking place at Dell Farm, in partnership with MacIntyre No Limits...  The past two weeks of half term break provide me with a good opportunity to reflect and feedback... Read on

Advisory Panel Meeting 2019

Posted in Projects on 19th February 2019

Earlier this year, we had our Advisory Panel meeting where we heard about our members' experiences with the projects they were involved with in 2018 and their advice on Music as Therapy International's direction and forthcoming activities. It was also... Read on

Local Trainer Support in Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 15th February 2019

Our work in Rwanda started back in 2010, when our partner Audace was one of a number of local practitioners took part in our introductory training project. Since then, Audace continued to run music sessions with children with disabilities at the Urugwiro Centre... Read on

Launching our UK Partner Newsletter!

Posted in Blog, Projects on 13th February 2019

'The Newsletter is great! Useful feedback in a format that works well for busy practitioners.' - Ali McKenzie, Early Years Lead at Waterways Nursery ... This February we are sending out our very first Newsletter to all our Partners across the UK, from... Read on

Locally-led Training: India 

Posted in Projects on 12th February 2019

Many of you will be familiar with the third stage of the Music as Therapy International approach: Capacity Building. This is the point at which our partners are ready to share their music skills with others, and to further promote or develop the way music is being... Read on

Romania: Distance Learning Programme 2019-20

Posted in Projects on 31st January 2019

It is always exciting in January, when we welcome our next group of students onto the Distance Learning Programme we run in Romania. The course is designed to equip people already working with young children with disabilities, with the theoretical understanding... Read on

Applications for New Administrator is Now Closed

Posted in Recruitment on 22nd January 2019

Yesterday was the last day for anyone interested in the new Administration role to apply. We have now been searching through over 150 candidate's CVs for the lucky one to join our team. We are pleased to say that there has been some very promising applications... Read on

The end of an era

Posted in Projects on 16th January 2019

Last night's Trustees' Meeting marked the end of an era here at Music as Therapy International: We bid farewell to the last of our founding Trustees, Rev. Patsy Kettle, who is retiring after 20 years on our Board. Patsy's compassion, wisdom and guidance... Read on

Announcing a new project in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Posted in Projects on 7th January 2019

Back in 2012, we responded to a request from the Evangelical Lutheran Schools to deliver introductory training to staff working in 3 of their schools in the towns of Beit Sahour, Bethlehem and Ramallah in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  Social Worker Samar... Read on

**NOW RECRUITING!** Administrator (2 days/week)

Posted in Recruitment on 22nd December 2018

We are seeking to recruit an Administrator to join our team!  This is a part-time role (16 hours/2 days per week), based in our office at the Oval (SW9 6BG).  The Administrator is responsible for all the charity’s administration at an organisational level... Read on

Seasons Greetings from Alexia Quin

Posted in Blog on 20th December 2018

We’ve always been a small organisation and many of you tell us you appreciate knowing our very human side. You can imagine me catching an early morning low cost flight to somewhere or other to deliver a project, or you can imagine us opening an envelope and... Read on

Our role in dementia care

Posted in Projects on 18th December 2018

We are pleased to see Hazel Child's fantastic work with us providing introductory training to staff working with people living with dementia in Worthing, featured in a recent post on the Chroma Website. Chroma sponsored the Advancing Healthcare Award category... Read on

Local Partner update: India

Posted in Projects on 12th December 2018

Congratulations to our Local Partner Eshwari Rapola, from the ARMS Centre in Hyderabad (Abhaya Care Foundation) who presented a paper at the India Music Therapy Association's inaugaural conference in Delhi at the start of the month. We took an introductory... Read on

Local Partner update: Georgia

Posted in Projects on 11th December 2018

So pleased to see our Local Partners in Georgia taking on our #MusicCanCampaign to create a buzz around their stand at the Social Enterprises B2B Fair in Tbilisi last month. Teona, Aliona, Eka and colleagues were promoting their fantastic Music Therapy Centre... Read on

Interactive Music-Making update

Posted in Projects on 6th December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, the Early Years Practitioners on our Interactive Music-Making Course have just given their first Interactive Music-Making sessions in their children’s centres and nurseries. They tell us they are beginning to see their learning in action... Read on

UK Programme Sustainability Update

Posted in Projects on 29th November 2018

UK Programme Sustainability Update: This summer, our UK Partners received a series of Support Visits: Music Therapists returned to the setting in which they led training projects in 2017 and 2016, to provide immediate support – and to learn about the impact... Read on

Local Partner news: Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 28th November 2018

Thank you Rwanda Aid for mentioning us in your latest newsletter!  It has been great to see that the centres are still to this day using music since we delivered an Introductory Training project in 2010 and as a part of our value of 'Sustainability',... Read on

Final Blog Post from Ethiopia

Posted in Blog on 23rd November 2018

Wow! It is hard to believe that it is our last day out in Ethiopia – we don’t think the realisation has hit us that we will be on a plane flying back to the UK tonight. This last week has been extremely busy; organising celebration events for each of the centres... Read on

Update from Ethiopia (Week 4/5)

Posted in Blog on 16th November 2018

Selam! We can’t quite believe that we are at the end of our penultimate week out in Ethiopia. The time has flown by before our very eyes! Before we update you all on our progress, we want to just say how amazing it has been working with the staff out here. Their... Read on

New Introductory Training Project in Hyderabad

Posted in Projects on 7th November 2018

Happy Diwali to our Local Partners in Hyderabad! We are excited to see the start of another Introductory Training Project, which is being delivered by music therapist Nina Cherla in Hyderabad, India. Nina is working with 4 teachers from the Shraddha Center for... Read on

Update from Ethiopia (Week 3)

Posted in Blog on 2nd November 2018

We are now into our third week of training in Ethiopia and we are thrilled with the progress that is being made so far. The staff who are being trained in each centre are impressing us more and more each time with their enthusiasm and commitment to the programme... Read on

First Update from our Introductory Training Project in Ethiopia

Posted in Blog on 23rd October 2018

It has been a week since our team had arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they have spent their time familiarising themselves with the city, immersing themselves in the cultre and meeting for the first time our Local Partners who are very enthusiastic about... Read on

Our Team is Finally in Ethiopia!

Posted in Projects on 16th October 2018

After 2 years of project identification, development and planning since receiving an expression of interest from Ethiopia, our team has finally made it to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to deliver an Introductory Training Project in 3 care settings for the first time... Read on

A Final Update from the Kigali, Rwanda Follow-Up Visit

Posted in Blog, Projects on 27th September 2018

This week there was the debriefing for our volunteers, Samantha Zeiher and Cerrita Smith, who have recently returned from delivering a Follow-Up Visit to support our Local Partners at the Hope and Homes Community Hub in Kigarama, Rwanda. Follow-up Visits are... Read on

Rwandan Local Trainers Training The Gallagher Trust Staff

Posted in Projects on 27th September 2018

Last year we delivered a Training for Trainers project to three of our Local Partners in Kamembe, Rwanda: Audace, Alphonsine and Fidele. They wanted to think about how they could share with other people the music skills they’ve been using in different care settings... Read on

New interactive Music-Making students welcomed today!

Posted in Projects on 21st September 2018

Our Interactive Music-Making Course starts today and we are looking forward to welcoming 11 Early Years Practitioners from Crafty Wizards (Eltham, New Eltham and Avery Hill sites), Cardwell Nursery, Cardwell Together for Twos, Eglington Children’s Centre, Ethelred... Read on

Interactive Music-Making Training Partner

Posted in Projects on 5th September 2018

We are looking forward to the start of our next Interactive Music-Making course later this month. We're really pleased to announce that we are partnering with James Wolfe Primary School in Greenwich to offer this training programme, and are very grateful to... Read on

Hyderabad Local Support

Posted in Projects on 4th September 2018

Music Therapist Nina Cherla visited The Autism Research and Multidisciplinary School (ARMS) in Hyderabad earlier this year to see if the teachers wanted any help developing their use of music. Staff at the school undertook Music as Therapy Introductory Training... Read on

Hello from Rwanda! Update from Kigali Follow Up Visit

Posted in Blog on 31st August 2018

After delivering an Introductory Training Project last year for our Local Partner, Hope and Homes for Children, our Music as Therapy International representatives have gone back to carry out a Follow Up Visit. Here is what Cerrita and Samantha have to say about... Read on

Thank you nSpireMe

Posted in Fundraising Events on 31st August 2018

nSpireMe created a new music practice app to help young violinists with their practice and as a start up app, they have also chosen to donate to Music as Therapy International £1 for every bug or glitch reported, and £1 for every shared post on Facebook and... Read on

Support Visit to Abbeyfield

Posted in Blog on 31st August 2018

Just before Easter, music therapist Clare Reynolds returned to Abbeyfields Care Home in Ballachulish, where she delivered an introductory training project to staff working with elderly people last year. Clare writes: “I spent a great day back down in Abbeyfield... Read on

Thank you Third Ear

Posted in Fundraising Events on 17th July 2018

Leo Cosendai has pledged to Music as Therapy International 20% of the price of each ticket sold for a series of immersive events/workshops held by Third Ear.  Interested in finding out more about the workshops? Click here. Thinking of supporting Music as... Read on

A Feature in July/August Issue of Care Home Management Magazine

Posted in Fundraising Events on 16th July 2018

Great to see that Music as Therapy Intentional is featured in this month's Care Home Management magazine on page 19. Click here if you would like to see more of July/August issue of Care Home Management magazine. #MusicCan change the way we care!      Read on

Thank you Anthony Lester

Posted in Fundraising Events on 16th July 2018

Thanks to Anthony Lester for the proceeds from his recent art sale exhibition organised by one of our Trustees, Jo Ashby. The £950 donation is hugely appreciated! Read on

Interactive Music-Making Awards

Posted in Projects on 2nd July 2018

Today's the day if you're wanting to apply for one of our Interactive Music-Making Awards, in order to undertake our training next term in ways you can use music with young children under 5 years of age. Find out more at our dedicated Interactive Music... Read on

Musical Instruments for our Local Partners in Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 28th June 2018

  For this year, our Local Partners in Rwanda requested for new musical instruments to support them to keep going with their music sessions. We are now delighted that all the requested musical instruments that we have ordered have arrived within the last two... Read on

Thank you Hazlegrove School

Posted in Fundraising Events on 28th June 2018

Thank you Hazlegrove School for incredible fundraising this academic year! Last Thursday, Alexia visited the Hazlegrove to deliver a whole school assembly and thank the pupils for all their hard work. It was great to see Hazlegrove get behind our #MusicCan campaign... Read on

Music as Therapy International Ambassadors

Posted in Fundraising Events on 22nd June 2018

Two small groups of our significant supporters have met over the past two weeks, to help us think about some of the things we need as a charity. These people are our Ambassadors and they have also introduced some new people and organisations to us, as well as... Read on

Help us raise more money just by SHOPPING

Posted in Fundraising Events on 29th May 2018

Want to help us raise more - just by shopping online? Well now you can with Give as you Live and Amazon Smile! When you shop at Amazon Smile and at over 4,000 top stores including John Lewis, Expedia and Marks & Spencer via Give as you Live, a percentage of... Read on

Thank you Foyle Foundation

Posted in Fundraising Events on 22nd May 2018

We are delighted to have the support of the Foyle Foundation for our work in the UK this year.  Michael Smith, Chairman, commented “Music as Therapy is an impressive concept which delivers lasting results. As a grant making charity, you learn the difference... Read on

Capacity Building in Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 22nd May 2018

This week we have been pleased to introduce Sharon Gallagher (The Gallagher Trust) to Jean Nepo (Rwanda Aid) so that local staff who work with children and young people with disabilities in a small number of community houses in Gisenyi, might benefit from introductory... Read on

**NOW RECRUITING** Project in Ethiopia

Posted in Recruitment on 1st May 2018

Music as Therapy International is seeking a music therapist and an 'assistant' to provide introductory training for health professionals and community workers at three care settings in Ethiopia. The project will run for 6 weeks in the autumn. For... Read on

The Law is Changing

Posted in Fundraising Events on 3rd April 2018

We value our supporters and like to keep in touch with occasional updates and information. However, new data protection regulations coming into force on 25th May 2018 mean we'll need you to complete an opt-in form if you'd like to hear from us.  Please... Read on

#MusicCan

Posted in Fundraising Events, Projects on 2nd March 2018

We celebrated World Music Therapy Day yesterday by pushing forward our #MusicCan campaign, sharing stories, recognising organisations and evidence which demonstrates just what people worldwide believe music can offer.  Have a look at some of the responses on... Read on

Update from our Distance Learning Programme in Romania

Posted in Projects on 27th February 2018

Just back from a fantastic weekend in Romania, delivering the Intensive Study Weekend component of our Distance Learning Programme to people currently working with young children with disabilities. The teaching was shared between Alexia Quin and our local moderator... Read on

Another successful skill-sharing project in London

Posted in Blog, Projects on 2nd February 2018

Following a fantastic project at James Wolfe Primary School in South East London, with the enthusiastic participation of Roberta and Lesley from the school staff team, we have received a final blog post from the delivering music therapists, Ruth Kumar and Leana... Read on

We are launching our #MusicCan campaign!

Posted in Blog, Fundraising Events on 19th January 2018

Today we are launching our #MusicCan campaign celebrating all the amazing ways music can improve the lives of people all around the world, regardless of their situation or background. We want you to help by spreading the word. Tell your friends, family and anyone... Read on

Now Recruiting! Team Assistant (4 days per week)

Posted in Recruitment on 18th December 2017

We are seeking to appoint a Team Assistant who will work across the whole organisation, providing support with the charity’s administration, project co-ordination, fundraising, marketing and research at both an organisational level, and in relation to specific... Read on

Interactive Music-Making Update

Posted in Projects on 14th December 2017

Congratulations to our 10 Interactive Music-Making students who have completed the first term of the training programme. These fantastic early years practitioners will be transferring their learning into practice next term and we look forward to following their... Read on

An update on our current UK Skill-Sharing Project!

Posted in Blog on 8th December 2017

We are half way through our 10 week project in the nursery at James Wolfe Primary School, Greenwich, London. We are working with two very experienced Nursery Nurses in Apple Tree Class. So far we have spent time getting to know the children and staff, as well... Read on

Raise money when you wrap!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 4th December 2017

Preparing for Christmas? Don't forget your wrapping paper! You can fundraise for us at the same time if you order wrapping paper through Northbrook Fundraising and choose Music as Therapy International to benefit from your shopping. Northbrook have a great... Read on

Help us raise money on Black Friday!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 17th November 2017

If you are planning to make the most of Black Friday savings next week - or if you're beginning to think about Christmas - it is a good moment for us to remind you that your Amazon shopping can support our work: Please bookmark this link to Amazon and we... Read on

We have a new Field Project starting in Greenwich!

Posted in Blog, Projects on 14th November 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have started a new UK music skill-sharing project this week, in partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. This is the second music skill-sharing project we have delivered together. Ruth Kumar & Leana Crookes are the Music... Read on

A final update from Ballachulish

Posted in Blog, Projects on 2nd November 2017

Well we have got there!! the hand over day of our project in Abbeyfield Care Home in Ballachulish. For the past 8 weeks or so I have made the 50 mile round trip to Ballachulish, mostly in the rain it has to be said, where i have been met with a warm welcome each... Read on

Update from Ballachulish

Posted in Blog on 2nd October 2017

Delighted to share the latest enthusiastic update on our Introductory Training project in Ballachulish, from music therapist Clare Reynolds telling us about the increasing involvement of staff members Paul, Bev and Jessie: "Really exciting to be handing ownership... Read on

International Capacity Building

Posted in Projects on 27th September 2017

Our work is not always about what we can do, but we also invest in Capacity Building activities - enabling others to do more themselves to make music more widely accessible to vulnerable children and adults or to reach communities we can't ourselves. We... Read on

Blended Learning in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Posted in Blog on 14th September 2017

I was up bright and early (4am!) last week for a 140 mile drive to Heathrow. The mission?  To fly to Tel Aviv and thence travel to Beit Sahour, Palestine to deliver the Intensive Study Weekend with Alexia.  This part of the training is an intrinsic part of the... Read on

News from the Highlands ...

Posted in Blog on 11th September 2017

Update from music therapist Clare who is delivering a 6 week skill-sharing project at Abbeyfield's Care Home in the Highlands: Last week saw the first day of individual work, a group session with day care clients and a large singing group with residents. It... Read on

A final week update from our volunteers in Rwanda

Posted in Blog, Projects on 5th September 2017

It’s our last week in Kigali and we can’t believe it! We are very sad to be leaving Rwanda because we’ve truly felt like it has become our home over the last 6 weeks. There are so many things to be missed but here are a few that we can’t quite shake from... Read on

Supporting our Local Partners in Romania

Posted in Projects on 1st September 2017

Our work's not all about Introductory Training: Integral to what we do is helping the people who train with us continue to work with music independently. For our Local Partners in Romania this includes running a Romanian website full of resources and through... Read on

Update from Rwanda (Weeks 4 and 5)

Posted in Blog on 22nd August 2017

Hello, it’s us again! We’ve spent another two incredible weeks in Kigali since our last post and we want to update you on how things are going! Week 4 Continuing from Week 3, we’ve encouraged teachers to take even more of a lead during music sessions. This... Read on

We're back in the Highlands!

Posted in Projects on 18th August 2017

Our next skill-sharing project in the UK is now underway: Music Therapist Clare Reynolds is working in partnership with Abbeyfield Ballachulish to introduce music into their care home in the Scottish highlands. Clare will keep us all updated in a blog as the project... Read on

New Introductory Training Project - Rwanda

Posted in Blog on 12th August 2017

We have been in Kigali for almost 3 weeks already and can’t believe how fast time has flown. We want to take you through our introduction to Rwanda and our project base, the Hope and Homes Centre*. *The Community Centre serves around 600 members of the local... Read on

Time for new adventures: Hannah's Story

Posted in Blog on 8th August 2017

After four and a half years of fantastic project co-ordination and management, it is time for us to say goodbye to the amazing Hannah Hulin! We are lucky Hannah will remain involved with the charity in an advisory capacity going forward, but it's time for... Read on

World Congress of Music Therapy - Tsukuba, Japan

Posted in Blog on 12th July 2017

I have just returned from the World Congress of Music Therapy in Japan, honoured to have been presented with an award at the opening ceremony [World Federation of Music Therapy Advocate of Music Therapy for major contributions to the promotion of music therapy... Read on

My work experience with Music as Therapy International

Posted in Blog on 11th July 2017

As the first year of my two year A Level course comes to a close, I’m beginning to look at what I want to do in the future and what path I will take. My name is Iona and music has always been a passion of mine from a young age. However, now I am looking to take... Read on

Local Training and Support Visit (Rwanda) - Week Two

Posted in Blog on 7th July 2017

Our second week in Rwanda was split between preparation for a new up coming 6 week skill sharing project in Kigali and an existing project in Gisenyi, North West Rwanda. Lindsay and I gave ourselves all of Monday to catch up on some project admin from the week... Read on

Additional Training for Local Partners (Rwanda)

Posted in Blog on 26th June 2017

I'm lucky enough to be visiting Rwanda for the third time. But Lindsay, our new International and UK Programme Manager, is experiencing Rwanda for first time. As well as the many strands of the Rwanda Programme we are here to deliver, it also marks the... Read on

Training for Trainers (Rwanda)

Posted in Projects on 22nd June 2017

So pleased to hear from Lindsay and Hannah, that the Training for Trainers project was a success. The Local Partners who took part in this short course earlier in the week are today running their own training for 7 local staff working in different centres for... Read on

Musical Instruments arrive in Romania

Posted in Projects on 22nd June 2017

Georgiana Savin is a Romanian psychotherapist who completed our Distance Learning Programme in 2015. At that time she was working in a Special School in Cluj, where she ran music sessions until 2016. Georgiana still volunteers at the school, but she also has her... Read on

Blended Learning Programme (Occupied Palestinian Territories)

Posted in Projects on 21st June 2017

Today sees the start of our Blended Learning Programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Musicians without Borders to offer this introductory training in how music can be used with young children with disabilities... Read on

Rwanda Programme field work underway

Posted in Projects on 20th June 2017

Our International and UK Programme Manager, Lindsay McHale, and our Rwanda Programme Officer, Hannah Hulin, have arrived in Kamembe, Rwanda. They will spend a week here delivering training for staff who work with children with disabilities. Thank you to @rwanda_aid... Read on

Leaving but not letting go: Jane's Story

Posted in Blog on 20th June 2017

Taking a look at Jane Robbie's 17 years working for Music as Therapy International - the experiences, the changes - and what the future has to bring for her and the charity (with special thanks to our Ambassador, Kate Robinson for capturing this story) Jane... Read on

Waterways Children Centre Skill-Sharing project update

Posted in Blog on 26th May 2017

On Friday 3rd March we went back to visit the team at Waterways Children's Centre in Thamesmead, South East London. It was such a delight to observe the practitioners running the Interactive Music-Making (IMM) Groups with such enthusiasm and ownership. Having... Read on

New Resource Available

Posted in Projects on 26th May 2017

We are delighted to launch a new resource born out of our work in Romania, Rwanda and Georgia last year, but highly relevant to music therapists, students, educators, health professionals and the wider public worldwide: Our Research Summary is a unique 175-page... Read on

Thank you Newton Prep

Posted in Fundraising Events on 11th May 2017

Enormous thanks to Newton Prep Parents' Association for sharing the proceeds of their recent Quiz Night with Music as Therapy International. Their generosity will almost cover the cost of one whole Interactive Music-Making Award, introducing interactive music... Read on

UK Film

Posted in Projects on 8th May 2017

Film-maker Charlotte Mackie is in the middle of travelling around the UK to capture the experiences of the amazing staff who have participated in our training projects here on home soil, and the people they work with. This footage will be turned into a short film... Read on

Final week and Follow Up (Worthing)

Posted in Blog on 5th April 2017

The final stage of any of our 6-week introductory training projects is when the participating staff take over the music sessions themselves.  Music Therapist Hazel Child, who has led an introductory training project in a care setting for people living with dementia... Read on

An update from Jane Robbie

Posted in Blog on 28th March 2017

After 17 years of working for Music as Therapy International I have made the difficult decision to leave my current role in the office.  I say difficult because it really has been a very tough decision!  I have been working closely with Alexia, the whole team... Read on

An update from our new Programme Manager, Lindsay McHale

Posted in Blog on 24th March 2017

It's been a very busy and exciting first few weeks in my new role as UK & International Programme Manager for Music as Therapy International.  The team have been incredibly supportive, patient and helpful showing me the ropes and teaching me about the different... Read on

Charity Commission Error

Posted in Projects on 7th March 2017

A recent clerical error within the Charity Commission led to Music as Therapy International showing on their database as a defunct organisation in early February.  This error was corrected on 24th February and we have been very much up and running, delivering... Read on

Skill-Sharing in Worthing: Week 4 - Rapids and strong tides

Posted in Blog on 15th February 2017

Time is rushing past on the skill-sharing project, and we have successfully navigated a few rocky outcrops in the form of illness.  Clients and staff have suffered with a virus, but the sessions went on in a flexible and reduced format.  How stalwart and enthusiastic... Read on

Recent news from Hyderabad

Posted in Projects on 14th February 2017

Our Local Partners at the ARMS Centre in Hyderabad have just received some additional musical instruments from us to support the music programme they have been continuing since we provided a training project for their staff in 2015. They said, "We would like to... Read on

Skill sharing project in Worthing - an update!

Posted in Blog on 31st January 2017

In my own neck of the woods. (Or, the South Coast/Worthing Project) Right from the beginning, I have been interested in bringing the skill sharing concept to groups here in the UK.  There is so much need, and so many people who can benefit, particularly in dementia... Read on

***NOW RECRUITING*** Skill Sharing in Rwanda

Posted in Recruitment on 17th January 2017

Music as Therapy International is looking for a volunteer music therapist and an ‘assistant’ to share their skills with teachers and community workers at community centre in Kigali, Rwanda. The project will run for six weeks from mid June 2017. For more information... Read on

Our 2016 Impact

Posted in Projects on 19th December 2016

As we approach the New Year we have been reflecting on all we have achieved in 2016: Over all, including our work both in the UK and overseas, we delivered 19 projects to 226 Local Partners in 6 countries.  408 vulnerable children and adults participated in... Read on

Musical Instrument Fund

Posted in Projects on 14th December 2016

Local Partners in Gisenyi, Rwanda applied for our musical instrument fund earlier on this year. Based on their continued music as therapy practice we were really pleased to be able to send them a selection of new instruments to compliment the ones they already... Read on

Christmas Shopping!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 5th December 2016

Counting the days until Christmas and a frenzy of internet shopping is taking place worldwide!  Did you know that your Amazon shopping could raise very welcome funds for Music as Therapy International?  Just use this link to access Amazon, before you put anything... Read on

Hannah visits project in Wales

Posted in Blog on 30th November 2016

Today I went to Wales with music therapist Liz Coombes who earlier on this year delivered one of our UK pilot skill sharing projects at Oaklands, a respite care home for children aged 4 – 18 with profound and multiple learning difficulties. Liz trained two long... Read on

Update from Romania

Posted in Projects on 24th November 2016

I am back in the office this morning, basking in the excitements of my recent visit to Brasov.  Accompanied and guided by our fantastic Romanian Programme Officer, Magda Pata, our three days began with a meeting at the University of Bucharest.  Loredana Tudorache... Read on

What is music therapy? How does it work and what evidence do we have?

Posted in Projects on 21st November 2016

Alexia Quin and Magda Pata are on their way to Romania to present at a conference being held by the University of Transilvania in Brasov - they will be launching a 180 page research document entitled 'What is music therapy? How does it work and what evidence do... Read on

Training of Trainers in Georgia - the conclusion!

Posted in Blog on 1st November 2016

Following Jenny’s blog earlier in the week, we just wanted to fill you in on how the 2-day intensive Training of the Trainers went… We spent Wednesday preparing for the training, after observing sessions in the three different settings (Public School 198,... Read on

Training of Trainers in Georgia - happening now!

Posted in Blog on 26th October 2016

So, Project Georgia has reached a new stage! Following two six week training projects (one in 2011 and one in 2014) and subsequent support visits, the request for Training of Trainers is being fulfilled this cold, wet week in October. Isabel and I arrived back... Read on

Singing from a session in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Posted in Projects on 4th October 2016

Following Alexia's fascinating visit to the Musicians without Borders and Sounds of Palestine teams in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, we are starting to think about how we might develop our partnership and offer the Distance Learning Programme again... Read on

Making local news

Posted in Projects on 22nd September 2016

Our recent skill sharing project in the highlands made local news today! Read on

Skill Sharing in the UK receives a fantastic response

Posted in Projects on 22nd September 2016

So far this year we have delivered 4 pilot skill sharing projects in London, Wales, Scotland and Sheffield working with elderly living with dementia, Adults with learning difficulties, children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties... Read on

Final week of Highlands Skill sharing project

Posted in Blog on 20th September 2016

So that's it for now week 6 has come and gone! It's been a brilliant 6 weeks and I was so excited to see some fantastic work during this last week from the trained staff. I want to say a huge thank you to all the staff I have worked with during this project... Read on

Alexia's visit to Palestine Day 3

Posted in Blog on 18th September 2016

Over the past two days I have had the privilege of watching the people who completed our Distance Learning Programme here in the Occupied Palestinian Territories delivering music sessions with small groups of children.  I have been so impressed by the sensitivity... Read on

Alexia's visit to Palestine

Posted in Blog on 18th September 2016

Waiting at Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, this morning I was reminded how amazing all our volunteers are who travel to deliver projects overseas for Music as Therapy International.  It is a long time since my involvement in any of our projects has taken me to a new country... Read on

We're recruiting!

Posted in Recruitment on 15th September 2016

We are excited to advertise two new roles within our team for which we are currently inviting applications:  International Programme Manager (3 days/week) and UK Programme Manager (2 days/week).  We would consider combining the two roles for the right candidate... Read on

Skill sharing in the Highlands: Week 5

Posted in Blog on 14th September 2016

Well it's week 5 already here in Fort William and this week I began to hand over work to some very capable ladies in Moss Park care home! I have been so pleased with the attitude, commitment and enthusiasm for the Music As Therapy project and am really excited... Read on

Skill sharing project in Wales - final week

Posted in Blog on 31st August 2016

The last session of the skillsharing project in Wales has now taken place, and what a triumph!  Before the session began, I was presented with a plan drafted by the session leaders Penny and Jayne.  Jayne had increased in confidence, and had brought her guitar... Read on

Week 1 - Skill sharing in the Highlands

Posted in Blog on 16th August 2016

Music Therapist, Clare Reynolds delivered a skill sharing project in Romania in 1999 and has since been involved with the charity through our advisory panel of Music therapist who meet once a year. We are therefore very excited to be supporting Clare to deliver... Read on

Skill sharing in South Wales

Posted in Blog on 27th July 2016

We are now over halfway through the skillsharing work in Newport S Wales, with staff plucking up courage to lead half a session each so far.  We’ve devised a super story involving jungle animals so the children can use instruments to make the sounds and bring... Read on

Pilot project in Wales

Posted in Projects on 12th July 2016

We are currently delivering a pilot skill sharing project at a center in Wales that is accessed by young people with a broad range of disabilities. Liz Coombes is delivering the project and is really pleased with how it is going so far. The center Manager told... Read on

Support visit in Hyderabad

Posted in Blog on 11th July 2016

It is great to be back with the teachers at Patashala and ARMS centers in Hyderabad, India.  It has been around 7 months since Alastair and I completed a 5 week Music as Therapy International (MasT) training project for 9 teachers here. It is so inspiring to... Read on

Article written by staff about our first pilot project in the UK

Posted in Projects on 6th July 2016

Click here to hear first hand from the recipients of our first pilot skill sharing project in the UK which took place at the Fields, a residential care home for Adults with Learning Difficulties. Caroline Anderson (the music therapist who delivered the training... Read on

Tubakunde Evaluation visit - end of week one

Posted in Blog on 5th July 2016

Muraho from Rwanda! Una and I have been here just a week and we've already travelled more than 300km and have visited five different day centres for child and young people with learning and physical disabilities across Rwanda. For both of us, it is out first visit... Read on

How has the music programme benefited the people you work with?

Posted in Projects on 30th June 2016

Earlier this year we implemented a 6 week skill sharing project at The Fields, a residential care home for adults with learning difficulties. We recently returned to visit the staff that had taken part in the training to find out how the music programme has benefited... Read on

Project in Rwanda underway!

Posted in Projects on 28th June 2016

We currently have two Music as Therapy International representatives in Rwanda. Una and Isabel are evaluating a new training model that we piloted last year and supporting staff working in 8 Centres across Rwanda during the next two weeks. We hope to update our... Read on

Interactive Music-Making tutor feedback

Posted in Projects on 27th June 2016

It's not just our students who get excited about the interactive music-making course. The course is delivered by a team of 6 tutors, 5 experienced music therapists and 1 interactive music-making specialist. As we come to the end of this year's delivery, music... Read on

Skill-sharing for people living with Dementia (Hove)

Posted in Projects on 23rd June 2016

Delighted to announce our 4th UK skill-sharing project for 2016: In partnership with Waves Music Therapy and Guildcare, and led by music therapist Hazel Child, we will be looking at ways care staff in Hove can use music to help the people living with dementia... Read on

Interactive Music-Making 2016

Posted in Projects on 22nd June 2016

Our Interactive Music-Making students - all early years practitioners in South East London - are coming to the end of their training with us. We have seen them deliver fabulous sessions to small groups of young children and i was great to hear their enthusiastic... Read on

Distance Learning Programme (Occupied Palestinian Territories)

Posted in Projects on 7th June 2016

In 2015 we piloted the delivery of our Distance Learning Programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The course has been running in Romania for 5 years now and we were keen to see whether it could be replicated elsewhere. We have been working with 3 local... Read on

Rwanda 2016: Update

Posted in Projects on 3rd June 2016

We are excited to confirm that music therapist, Una McInerney and trainee music therapist Isabel Bedford will be visiting Rwanda later on this month to build upon and evaluate a project that we launched there last year. They will visit 6 centres who received training... Read on

Update: Transferring the Distance Learning Programme to Romania

Posted in Projects on 26th May 2016

We will not deliver the DLP to a new cohort of students this year, instead we are seeking to find a recognised Training Provider in Romania to partner with Music as Therapy International and host the Distance Learning Programme. We have consulted our Local Partners... Read on

Developing Romania's Music Therapy practice

Posted in Projects on 18th May 2016

Enormous thank you to Helen Odell-Miller and colleagues at Anglia Ruskin University for welcoming the leader of Romania's first Masters in Music Therapy, Stela Dragulin (pictured), to their music therapy department as part of an Erasmus exchange.And to Sarah Hadley... Read on

Recognising our role in the UK

Posted in Projects on 13th May 2016

We have just been made aware that our Interactive Music-Making training was acknowledged within the UCL Institute for Health Equity’s report “Working for Health Equity: The Role of Health Professionals” as an example of good practice. What better evidence... Read on

UK Consultancy

Posted in Projects on 9th May 2016

Integral to our approach to all our work is capacity building: Helping our Local Partners themselves 'grow' their use of music with the children and adults in their care. In the UK this translates into many different things, including the consultancy we offer... Read on

BAMT Conference 2016

Posted in Blog on 3rd May 2016

Alexia recently attended an inspiring weekend at the British Association for Music Therapy’s Conference in Glasgow. Together with Cathy Rowland, Alexia ran a workshop to encourage music therapists to share their skills just as we do on all our projects. But... Read on

Support from MAITS (Multi Agency International Training and Support)

Posted in Projects on 5th April 2016

We are so lucky to have the support of MAITS. Last year they supPort our work in Romania and India. They made some videos which summarize our work in these countries last year. Click here to view the video about Romaniaand here to view the video about India. Thanks... Read on

Amazing news!

Posted in Projects on 23rd March 2016

We just heard from our Local Partners in Gisenyi, Rwanda that 8 members of staff are currently running sessions everyday of the week for up to 51 children and young people! Read on

Skill sharing in the UK: Final week at The Fields

Posted in Projects on 21st March 2016

The skill-sharing project at the Fields has come to an end. This week I gave the staff their certificates, which will go towards their continuing professional development record. Five staff members attended all of the training, along with other staff members who... Read on

Skill sharing in the UK: The Fields

Posted in Projects on 14th March 2016

Last week was my final week with staff in the music group at The Fields. In line with Music as Therapy International’s overseas model of the final week involving staff leadership only, I attended the group in an observational role. In the past, Music as Therapy... Read on

Charity Auction - COLDPLAY - Guitar signed by all four band members!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 8th March 2016

We are incredibly pleased to announce an extraordinary chance to win a unique piece of music memorabilia: a Fender Squier Telecaster guitar signed by all four members of Coldplay!Coldplay are one of the most successful bands of a generation, winners of 8 Brit... Read on

Well done, Hannah!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 29th February 2016

Huge congratulations to Hannah, our Projects' Operational Manager for completing the Brighton Half Marathon and thank you to everyone who supported her. She is just £60 away from reaching her fundraising target of £1000 so if there are any kind people who would... Read on

Skill Sharing in the UK: our first Pilot Project

Posted in Projects on 29th February 2016

This year we are piloting our model of skill sharing in the UK. Members of our Advisory Panel of Music Therapists will be introducing staff to ways that they can use music to benefit our three identified target groups: Young children under 5 years, Adults with... Read on

Brighton Half Marathon this Sunday!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 25th February 2016

This Sunday Hannah will complete the Brighton Half-Marathon. Her feet will bleed. Her lungs will ache. All in the name of Music as Therapy International. But your sponsorship would make it all worthwhile. Please consider turning your Facebook like into a donation... Read on

Launch of eBook 'Music Therapy in Romania'

Posted in Projects on 17th February 2016

We are very excited to launch the eBook "Music Therapy in Romania", a collection of presentations from the conference 'Music Therapy in Romania : Theory and Practice, Now and in the Future', held at the University of Transylvania, Brasov, in November 2015. We... Read on

Hannah's Running the Brighton Half

Posted in Fundraising Events on 27th January 2016

This February our Projects' Operational Manager, Hannah, is going to brave the blisters and run her socks off in the Brighton Half Marathon to raise money for Music as Therapy International!This will be the farthest Hannah has ever run - which can be a daunting... Read on

Celebrating 20 years

Posted in Blog on 7th December 2015

This year has been extraordinary for me, personally: It marks the twentieth anniversary of our pilot project in Romania. It saw us deliver more projects (10) to more countries than ever before (Romania, England, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Georgia... Read on

Reflections on Romania

Posted in Projects on 7th December 2015

It is 20 years since I delivered our pilot project in Romania under the guidance of brilliant music therapists Una McInerney and Penny Birnstingl, who both remain on our Advisory Panel to this day. In fact all three of us were among the team which delivered a... Read on

News from Dar el Kalima in Beit Sahour

Posted in Projects on 2nd December 2015

We were very pleased to receive these pictures of children at the Dar el Kalima School in Beit Sahour, Palestine doing a mirroring activity as part of a music as therapy session. Each child works in a pair and takes it in turn to mirror their team mates movements... Read on

Learning Disability Today London Conference

Posted in Blog on 27th November 2015

Yesterday, Alexia Quin and Caroline Anderson, along with Advisory Panel Member Emma Lovell attended the Learning Disability Today London Conference. Emma Lovell ran a fantastic samba band music activity group for delegates, giving them a real sense of the benefits... Read on

Introduction to Music Therapy

Posted in Recruitment on 27th November 2015

For those of you interested to find out more about music therapy as a career or form of clinical intervention, two of our Advisory Panel Members - Liz Coombes and Becca Sayers - are holding an Introduction to Music Therapy Day at the University of South Wales... Read on

Project Hyderabad Week 5

Posted in Blog on 13th October 2015

"It’s time to sing goodbye"…. We have been singing this every day for the past five weeks so we should be prepared! However Dr. Sundhima, who set up ARMS, said it’s just the beginning when we spoke to her about the training earlier this week.In the final... Read on

Tubakunde exchange programme happening now!

Posted in Projects on 9th October 2015

In July this year Music as Therapy International teamed up with the Tubakunde Network (a Rwandan network supporting centres for children and adults with disabilities) to host a conference which was attended by staff from 23 centres across Rwanda. This was also... Read on

Feedback from our Project in Gisenyi, Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 7th October 2015

We have just received some feedback from a Local Partner in Gisenyi."One surprising positive thing I witnessed is that Josué, who almost every time is not attached to the group, unstable, with complete lack of response to instructions, with lack of ability to... Read on

Project Hyderabad Week 4

Posted in Blog on 7th October 2015

This week has felt a little like the moment the trapeze artist lets go one swing but has not caught the other and has to trust in the momentum that they have created. The moments of moving into a space of improvisation with full concentration and focus on the... Read on

Project Hyderabad: week two

Posted in Blog on 23rd September 2015

Well, Hannah went today and the Umbilical is cut. Somesh and I are on our own now... except of course for our skype support calls.I thought - at least in India they drive on the same side of the road - some common ground, however things are not quite the same... Read on

Part-Time Fundraiser Needed

Posted in Recruitment on 18th September 2015

Part-Time Fundraiser: It's an exciting moment for the Music as Therapy International team. Coinciding with the 20th Anniversary of our pilot project in Romania, and to support our gradual growth, we are looking to recruit a part-time fundraiser (16 hours per week... Read on

First week of Project Hyderabad

Posted in Blog on 15th September 2015

Dear all, a quick update after our first week in Hyderabad. This certainly feels like a well supported project with input from various charities and people. After Hannah’s initial contact with Zoe Kennedy Hughes, who has been involved with Hyderapals.org, the... Read on

Distance Learning Programme Palestine

Posted in Projects on 1st September 2015

This year we are Piloting our Distance Learning Programme in Palestine with four local Musicians without Borders workers. Click here to read an article about the course and the two days of training they received last month which was delivered by UK Music Therapist... Read on

Project Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 13th July 2015

A team of 4 Music as Therapy International representatives have just spent 2 weeks in Rwanda working on different projects. The projects were bought together at the end of the second week at a conference in Kigali which was attended by 70 people from various care... Read on

Project Gisenyi Week 2

Posted in Blog on 9th July 2015

After some much needed time at the weekend to relax, reflect and walk along the beautiful lake kivu Steph and i were ready for our last two days at UCC. We were pleased that our visit briefly coincided with Sharon the project manager for the Point Foundation who... Read on

Music as Therapy in Rwanda 2015 - Update

Posted in Blog on 7th July 2015

We have spent most of this week in Kigali, preparing for the conference, which took place yesterday. This conference was jointly hosted by Music as Therapy International and Tubakunde, and launches the exchange programme. This programme facilitates the rolling... Read on

Music as therapy in Rwanda 2015

Posted in Blog on 1st July 2015

Greetings from Rwanda! We’ve just completed the first stage of our trip. We visited our Local Partners at Urugwiro Centre and Ngwino Nawe and observed some of their sessions, demonstrating their maturing music as therapy practice.We discussed with them the exciting... Read on

Muraho from Gisenyi!

Posted in Blog on 1st July 2015

Stephanie and I have been back in Rwanda for a week now. We arrived in Gisenyi on Monday afternoon and went straight to the Ubumwe Community Center (UCC) to see and say hello to everyone. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and to be greeted so enthusiastically... Read on

Dementia Quality of Care Conference 2015, Manchester

Posted in Blog on 26th June 2015

As Music as Therapy International’s UK Research and Development Officer, I have been exploring the needs of people living with dementia, and those who care for them. This is a new avenue for the charity, but with our experience in sustainable, effective skill... Read on

Music Therapy in Dementia Care

Posted in Projects on 26th June 2015

It's Music Therapy Week and this year BAMT is focusing on the role of music therapy in dementia care. Click here to download their flyer, which tells the story of David, and the importance of music therapy in his struggles with dementia. "I feel more alive and... Read on

Project Georgia Blog

Posted in Projects on 4th June 2015

Volunteers Jenny and Isabel have returned from Georgia where they were supporting Local Partners at Public School 198 and the Parents Bridge Center. Click here to read their blog and hear how their visit went. Some really positive feedback and exciting developments... Read on

Community Fundraising in 2014

Posted in Fundraising Events on 27th May 2015

In 2014 we were lucky enough to be supported through some great communtiy fundraising efforts. We are so thankful for the amazing array of things you did to help raise money for our work.Liz Coombes ran an impressive 10k run in Palestine. She also organised a... Read on

National Conference in Romania

Posted in Projects on 26th May 2015

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a conference in Brasov in partnership with the University of Transilvania. This is to mark 20 years since we first started working in Romania, aiming to make the positive effects of music available to those most... Read on

Project Georgia Follow up visit

Posted in Fundraising Events on 26th May 2015

This week volunteers Jenny and Isabel have returned to Tbilisi, Georgia to offer support and further training to Local Partners who received introductory training last year. On going support for our Local Partners is so important to ensure the long term sustainability... Read on

Project Georgia Follow up visit

Posted in Projects on 26th May 2015

This week volunteers Jenny and Isabel have returned to Tbilisi, Georgia to offer support and further training to Local Partners who received introductory training last year. On going support for our Local Partners is so important to ensure the long term sustainability... Read on

Support Us By Recycling Your Used Inkjet Cartridges

Posted in Fundraising Events on 12th May 2015

We have now registered with Recycle 4 Charity, which means you can support us simply by recycling your used inkjet cartridges. If you use an inkjet printer at home or at work, please contact us with your name, mailing address and number of bags required, and we... Read on

National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain

Posted in Fundraising Events on 7th May 2015

We are delighted to have the support of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain this year:"Unique in Europe, the National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain has thirty of the most talented harpists from across the UK. It was founded by their Director,... Read on

Thanks to Access to Music Brighton

Posted in Fundraising Events on 25th March 2015

Big thank you to all the students from Access to Music Brighton who made their performance last night a fundraiser for Music as Therapy International. Jane and Hannah (our Brigthon team) were there to chear them on and take money on the door, all of which was... Read on

Short article about our work in Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 25th March 2015

The Institute for creative Health recently featured an article about our work in Rwanda on their Website. Click here to read the article. Thanks to Nicky Haire for her work on this! Read on

Intensive Study Weekend in Romania

Posted in Blog on 27th February 2015

I’ve just returned from my first trip to Romania, where Cathy Rowland (our Clinical Advisor) and I co-ran the Intensive Study Weekend for our Distance Learning Students. We delivered two very full days of teaching and workshops to our students, who demonstrated... Read on

Intensive Study Weekend in Romania

Posted in Projects on 25th February 2015

Our Clinical Advisor, Cathy, and our Administrator, Shannon have just returned from Cluj, Romania. 12 students from the Distance Learning Programme attended two days of intensive training led by Cathy and Shannon with the assistance of two experienced Local Partners... Read on

Plans for 2015

Posted in Projects on 12th February 2015

Our year always begins with a lot of planning: Our Advisory Panel met in January and our Trustees met this week; our team has been working on budgets and costing our projects, as well as liaising with our Local Partners to involve them in our planning as much... Read on

Brighton Fundraiser

Posted in Fundraising Events on 11th February 2015

Brighton Access to Music students are making their next gig a fundraiser for Music as Therapy International.Click here to see the Facebook event and if you're local to Brighton come down and support, it should be a good evening filled with music and dancing. Thanks... Read on

Musical Instrument Fund

Posted in Projects on 27th January 2015

We recently awarded a small set of musical instruments to a Local Partner in Constanta, Romania and this is a lovely picture of one of the instruments in action. Read on

Distance Learning Programme 2014 in Romania: Feedback

Posted in Projects on 21st January 2015

We were really pleased to receive the below feedback from a recent graduate of our Distance Learning Programme in Romania. We are in the 5th year of running the course and are pleased to have 13 students enrolled on the course this year."I am very pleased to end... Read on

IN MEMORY OF HELEN LEITH

Posted in Projects on 13th January 2015

Helen was a remarkable person and the legacy she has left both here in the UK and further afield in Rwanda is testament to that. Her work in Rwanda began in 2005 but it was through working with her from 2010 that we really got to know and admire her gentle, sincere... Read on

Merry Christmas!

Posted in Projects on 17th December 2014

We might go a little quiet on Facebook for a couple of weeks - wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from all the team! Here's a picture of us having a lovely little Christmas celebration last week! Read on

The impact of our work is now reaching Hungary!

Posted in Projects on 17th December 2014

A Local Partner in Romanian has carried out training in Salonta, working with more than 14 enthusiastic students from Hungary. They will use the skills they have gained with the children that they work with who have special educational needs. We are always so... Read on

Creating Links Conference

Posted in Blog on 16th December 2014

Hannah, our projects’ assistant recently attended a conference at the Oval house in London that aimed to share best practice and new research in targeted youth arts. Hannah shares her experience here: The conference brought together people in varying professions... Read on

Secret Postcard Sale - a huge success!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 10th December 2014

We are delighted to say that our recent Secret Postcard Sale raised £7,600. Thanks to every that helped make it possible - the wonderful artists who completed a postcard and everyone who bought one (or more!)The event – like... Read on

One day to go

Posted in Fundraising Events on 2nd December 2014

Don't miss your chance to purcahase one of the wondefull miniture masterpeices that have been donated to our Secret Postcard Sale. Either join us at the 1901 Arts Club in London Waterloo or browse online and give us a call tomorrow evening! Click here for all... Read on

Cyber Monday

Posted in Fundraising Events on 1st December 2014

With news that today is considered "Cyber Monday", with online retailers expecting our shopping with them to peak today and next Monday, perhaps its a good moment to remind you that if you use our website to access Amazon, we receive a small donation for everything... Read on

Support our Secret Postcard Sale

Posted in Fundraising Events on 26th November 2014

We have a fantastic collection of over 250 postcard-sized works of art which will be going online on Monday ahead of our Secret Postcard Sale on Wednesday 3rd December. Contributors include established and amateur artists, celebrities and other generous creatives... Read on

6 days to go.....

Posted in Fundraising Events on 26th November 2014

Until our secret postcard sale at the 1901 Arts Club in London Waterloo. We have had a whole array of artists send in postcards which we will be displaying at the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo on 3rd December. They will be available to purchase on the night and over... Read on

Project Georgia: presentation of certificates

Posted in Projects on 26th November 2014

Here's a lovely photo of the staff at public school #198 receiving their certificates for having taken part in our recent skill sharing project in Tbilisi, Georgia. Well done everyone!To read more about this project click here to read the sponsors report Read on

Great feedback from Local Partner's in Tbilisi, Georgia

Posted in Projects on 19th November 2014

We have just received some really positive feedback from our Local Partner's in Georgia who recently took part in a 6 week introductory skill sharing project. One member of staff told us: "I am very grateful that I had a chance to meet these incredible people,... Read on

Alexia Quin, shares her 'Brilliant moment' with Media Trust

Posted in Projects on 4th November 2014

We were approached by the Media Trust to be part of their "My Brilliant Moments" series on the community channel. Director, Alexia Quin, shared her brilliant moment, please find the video below. Thanks for watching and enjoy! Read on

Our Winter newsletter for Romanian Local Partner's

Posted in Projects on 29th October 2014

One way that we support our Local Partner’s in Romania is by producing a newsletter. This is an opportunity for our Local Partners to find out what has been going on in Romania throughout the year as well what opportunities there might be for further development... Read on

Project Georgia 2014 is coming to an end....

Posted in Projects on 22nd October 2014

It's hard to believe that Project Georgia 2014 is already close to finishing. Our volunteer team return to the UK on Sunday and we are looking forward to hearing about their project in more detail, once they have settled back in of course! They have been sharing... Read on

Chiming bells and farewells - Project Georgia 2014, week 6

Posted in Blog on 21st October 2014

So it’s hard to fathom that we are now in our last week of Project Georgia. As we speed towards the end of the project, it is natural that all sorts of mixed emotions begin to surface; mild panic about wrapping things up sufficiently before we go, sadness knowing... Read on

Two orchestras and a… festival? - Project Georgia Week 4

Posted in Blog on 14th October 2014

Last week ended up being a bit more of a mixed bag, despite the positive start that Isabel described in our last blog entry. As the week went on, it emerged that our intention for each staff member to run at least one activity in their groups had not reached one... Read on

Photos from Rwanda and Blog update from Georgia

Posted in Projects on 1st October 2014

There's an exciting new photo album documenting our recent project in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Click here to view the album. We were also pleased to receive a new blog update from Jenny Laahs, updating us on the progress of our current project in Georgia.Click here to... Read on

Cake, car horns and consonants - Project Georgia 2014, week 3

Posted in Blog on 30th September 2014

Well, as of yesterday morning I am officially one week into my time here in Georgia – and what a week it’s been! I feel like I have had a crash course in Georgian culture, attempting to ‘catch up’ with Isabel who had already been... Read on

As one project ends another begins...

Posted in Projects on 24th September 2014

Just as we welcome back our volunteer team, Stephanie Jayne and Hannah Hulin, from delivering a very successful introductory music therapy training project in Rwanda, another one leaves the UK. Jenny Laahs and Isobel Bedford have recently arrived in Tbilisi to... Read on

Secret Postcard Sale Update!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 23rd September 2014

Our Secret Postcard Sale is fast approaching and some fabulous and creative postcards have begun to roll in! A big thank you to all the artists who have contributed so far! If you'd like to get creative for a cause please contact us. Remember, the deadline for... Read on

Slightly delayed final blog post from Rwanda.....

Posted in Blog on 21st September 2014

It’s been a busy final week of the project. We’ve been working hard to finish the ‘music as therapy’ handbook, which will be left with the Local Partners as a resource they can refer to when carrying out their music sessions once we’re gone. We’ve... Read on

Building bridges - Project Georgia 2014, week 1

Posted in Blog on 21st September 2014

‘Catch the bird before you build a cage’ - Georgian proverbGamarjobat! So week one draws to a close... Alistair and I have been settling in to life here in Tbilisi and getting the Project Georgia 2014 underway. Fuelled by plenty khachapuri (Georgian cheese... Read on

Week 5 of project Noel de Nyundo

Posted in Blog on 8th September 2014

The last few weeks have flown by and have been filled with increasing excitement and enthusiasm for music therapy and how the staff can continue to use it with the children in their care.Week 5 marked an important point in the project; we sat back and let the... Read on

Thornback & Peel Silent Auction

Posted in Fundraising Events on 1st September 2014

Thornback and Peel are holding a silent auction during London Fashion Week (13-21st Sept) , featuring three mid-century chairs upholstered in the new colours of the Autumn/Winter design prints, with all proceeds for Music as Therapy Int'l. Where would we be without... Read on

Volunteer needed (Oval)

Posted in Fundraising Events on 29th August 2014

Thank you Boosey and Hawkes for getting behind our CD Amnesty. We are collecting 25 boxes of CDs next week but now need help data inputting the barcodes so we can turn them into much needed funds. Is there anyone out there who would like to volunteer a few hours... Read on

Project Georgia Volunteer Induction

Posted in Projects on 29th August 2014

Exciting day spent with our new volunteer team ahead of their project in Georgia next month: Music Therapist Jenny Laahs and 'assistant' Isabel Bedford have been thinking ahead to the practicalities of the project, loading their suitcases with musical instruments... Read on

Music what?

Posted in Blog on 28th August 2014

Some midway thoughts from Stephanie Jayne about Project Noel de Nyundo.....My current role is as a lead music therapist on the skill sharing project here in Gisenyi, Rwanda. I am not teaching music therapy to my new colleagues, but rather the key principles of... Read on

Rwanda Project Well Underway

Posted in Projects on 26th August 2014

Our current Introductory Music as Therapy Training Project is currently well underway in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Music Therapist Stephanie Jayne is leading the training, ably supported by our Projects' Assistant Hannah Hulin who has gone well beyond her everyday work... Read on

Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted in Fundraising Events on 26th August 2014

Originally the brilliant idea of people wanting to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) the ice bucket challenge has become a social media frenzy. Check out Nicholas and Christopher Amner embracing the idea and generously donated their pocket... Read on

Week 3 and the skill-sharing is well under way....

Posted in Blog on 21st August 2014

On Thursday, we went to the Noel de Nyundo orphanage, where we had arranged to meet the 4 staff members from Hope and Homes for children and the clients they had chosen to work with. We did an introductory group session at Noel but decided it was appropriate to... Read on

Incredible sponsored swim!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 19th August 2014

How brilliant is Sophia Davies? Together with 4 friends, Sophia is swimming 10km down the River Dart - the equivalent to 400 lengths of your average 25m pool - only outdoors, in a wetsuit, with no opportunity to kick-off a wall! All in the name of Music as Therapy... Read on

Team Rwanda update from Wednesday

Posted in Blog on 15th August 2014

Steph and I are really settling into local life now, we are on first name basis with all the staff at our accommodation, we say hello to the people at the local shops and we have made friends with the women at the market (i had them all singing 'waka waka' by... Read on

Secret Postcard Update

Posted in Fundraising Events on 15th August 2014

We're putting together our artists' packs for our Secret Postcard Sale, ready to send out in early September! So far we have a fabulous and varied selection of contributors, from artists, musicians, fashion designers and more! We're really looking forward to seeing... Read on

Project Noel de Nyundo: Update from Steph

Posted in Blog on 10th August 2014

Muraho from Rwanda! This will be my first ever blog, I'm not sure of the exact requirements so please forgive me if I end up rambling on...Gisenyi is a fairly small yet hectic city. Full of people going about their daily business; women carrying huge baskets of... Read on

Week one: Project Noel de Nyundo

Posted in Blog on 6th August 2014

As I start to write the first blog post of Project Noel de Nyundo I find it hard to believe that we have only been here, in Rwanda, for 5 days! It feels a lot longer. So much has happened; new people, food, smells, sounds, journeys through the winding Rwandan... Read on

Feedback from the World Congress of Music Therapy 2014

Posted in Blog on 29th July 2014

Over 1000 people attended the World Congress of Music Therapy, most of them practicing Music Therapists or students from all over the world. This made for a very interesting week filled with round table discussions, varied and stimulating presentations as well... Read on

Hannah has completed her fundraising challenge

Posted in Fundraising Events on 9th July 2014

I have completed my fundraising challenge: to run 93 miles (the distance between Kigali and Gisenyi, where Stephanie and I will be traveling too, to deliver a skill-sharing project in Rwanda) in 4 weeks!It’s taken me 30 days, 17 hours 7 minutes of that spent... Read on

The World Congress of Music Therapy - Day 2

Posted in Blog on 9th July 2014

Yesterday Jane attracted lots of interest and attention with her poster presentation summarising all of our various activities. Today we would like to wish our luck to.....Alexia Quin and Cathy Rowland who will be presenting their co- written paper, 'Cross cultural... Read on

Tsvia Horesh has returned to Myanmar

Posted in Projects on 8th July 2014

Last September, Tsvia Horesh recruited, Shirley Amir-Albaz and Dana Jakobson to deliver a 4 week skill-sharing project in Myanmar. The training was well received by 30 members of staff working at 2 schools, a Montessori school and day centre of children with disabilities... Read on

World Congress of Music Therapy

Posted in Blog on 8th July 2014

Yesterday, 7 Music as Therapy International representatives traveled to Vienna to attend and present papers at the World Congress of Music Therapy. Wishing luck to......Jane Robbie who will be showcasing our work around the world at the poster presentations.Sarah... Read on

Secret Postcard Sale!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 8th July 2014

We are very pleased announce that our next Secret Postcard Sale will take place on Wednesday 3rd December at 1901 Artsclub in Waterloo. Further details to follow, but in the meantime if you or anyone you know would like to contribute a postcard, please do get... Read on

Fundraising for Project Noel de Nyundo

Posted in Fundraising Events on 2nd July 2014

Hannah has 6 days left to meet her running target aswell as her fundrasing target of £1500. Support her through Virgin Money Giving and give her the encouragement needed to run the last 25 miles! Read on

Sponsor Hannah and help raise money for our work in Rwanda this year

Posted in Fundraising Events on 17th June 2014

Our Projects’ assistant, Hannah and Music Therapist, Stephanie Jayne will be travelling from Kigali to Gisenyi in North-West Rwanda, where they will stay for 6 weeks. They will be sharing skills with social workers, care staff and teachers to enable them to... Read on

Oradea Conference 2014 'Education and parenting'

Posted in Blog on 27th May 2014

I have just returned from Oradea so enthused and excited about the wonderful work that is going on out there and that there seems to be a new generation of young women especially, from what I saw, that are really trying to change the way parenting and chidlren... Read on

Oradea Conference 2014 'Education and parenting'

Posted in Projects on 27th May 2014

I have just returned from Oradea so enthused and excited about the wonderful work that is going on out there and that there seems to be a new generation of young women especially, from what I saw, that are really trying to change the way parenting and chidlren... Read on

***REMINDER*** Deadline for Project Georgia Applications

Posted in Recruitment on 1st April 2014

There is still time to apply for this exciting opportunity. To find out more please visit the project Georgia page on our Website or click here to download an information flyer. If you would like to apply you can download an application form and send the completed... Read on

***REMINDER*** Deadline for Project Georgia Applications

Posted in Projects on 1st April 2014

There is still time to apply for this exciting opportunity. To find out more please visit the project Georgia page on our Website or click here to download an information flyer. If you would like to apply you can download an application form and send the completed... Read on

Liz Coombes is running to raise money for our work in Palestine!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 26th March 2014

Liz Coombes, Music Therapist and project leader for our activities in Palestine, will be taking part in the "Right to Movement" Palestine Marathon on April 11th. Please support Liz and help to raise funds that will allow us to continue offering support to the... Read on

Recent update from Local Partners in Palestine

Posted in Projects on 12th March 2014

We are delighted that one of our Local Partners, Samar, a Social Worker at the ELS school in Beit Sahour, took the opportunity to demonstrate to visitors from Canada how she uses music therapeutically with the children at the school. In a recent report staff told... Read on

**NOW RECRUITING** Project Georgia

Posted in Recruitment on 5th March 2014

Music as Therapy International is looking for a volunteer music therapist and an ‘assistant’ to share their skills with local staff working at a special education school in Tbilisi, Georgia. The project will run for six weeks from mid September 2014 and the... Read on

**NOW RECRUITING** Project Georgia

Posted in Projects on 4th March 2014

Music as Therapy International is looking to recruit a volunteer music therapist and an ‘assistant’ to share their skills with local staff working at a special education school in Tbilisi, Georgia. The project will run for six weeks from mid September 2014... Read on

CD Amnesty Fundraiser

Posted in Fundraising Events on 4th March 2014

We've been busy turning the CDs you've donated into cash and we've already raised over £500! Thank you so very much to everyone who's donated, and please keep the CD's coming in! If you'd like to clear out your music collection please contact us at... Read on

Intensive Study Weekend in Romania

Posted in Projects on 4th March 2014

Alexia is just back from meeting our Distance Learning students in Romania: Busy but exciting; tiring but fuelled by the enthusiasm of our students. They gave such beautiful flowers to Alexia, Cathy and our Romanian co-tutors, Anca Mircea and Mia Cocaina. Read on

BAMT Conference: Keynote and Poster Presentations

Posted in Projects on 25th February 2014

It was so exciting to present our work to the British Music Therapy profession this weekend. A large hall was rather daunting, but the warmth of reception Alexia’s presentation received was heartening. We also had plenty of positive feedback on our poster presentation... Read on

CPD Event

Posted in Projects on 24th February 2014

Coming Soon: The CPD Event "Daring to Innovate" will take place in London on Saturday 10th May 2014. This is an opportunity for music therapists working in all contexts to hear how our presenters have dared to innovate within schools, music therapy training, the... Read on

BAMT conference

Posted in Projects on 19th February 2014

Alexia Quin, Director of Music as Therapy International, will be giving a keynote speech at the first British Association for Music Therapy conference, this weekend! Good luck! Read on

World Congress of Music Therapy

Posted in Projects on 17th February 2014

We are thrilled to be a part of the upcoming World Congress of Music Therapy in Vienna this July! Sarah Hadley, Emma Lovell, Alexia Quin, and Cathy Rowland will all be presenting papers, Jane Robbie will host our poster presentation, and there will also be a roundtable... Read on

Published Interview From One of Our Project Leaders

Posted in Projects on 14th February 2014

The influence of volunteering on a Music as Therapy International project on one music therapist has just been documented in a recently released book. Megan Hunt describes her experiences on Project 2002: Cighid in an interview in Susan Hadley’s book Experiencing... Read on

Upcoming Events: Sheffield and Retford

Posted in Fundraising Events on 7th February 2014

Caroline Anderson is undertaking some very exciting fundraising for us in the coming weeks! On the evening of Saturday 15thFebruary, Caroline will be performing in the Sheffield University Wind Orchestra Alumni Day concert, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sheffield... Read on

CD Amnesty - Update

Posted in Fundraising Events on 5th February 2014

We are so grateful to the artistists management company Sulivan Sweetland for getting behind our CD amnesty and donating loads of CDs which we will be able to turn into much needed funds for our music therapy projects. Particular thanks to Emma Sweetland for promoting... Read on

Interesting work in the Highlands

Posted in Projects on 28th January 2014

Alexia had an interesting conversation with Fiona Sherret who is striving to make some of the benefits of music therapy more widely avialable in the Scottish Highlands. Interestingly this is a geographical area that one of our early volunteers, Clare Reynolds,... Read on

Distance Learning Programme (Romania)

Posted in Projects on 20th December 2013

As this year’s Distance Learning students in Romania conclude the course, we have been receiving heartening feedback from them: “I highly recommend this course to other colleagues of mine in Romania. It has been a great opportunity to participate in such a... Read on

CD Amnesty!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 17th December 2013

We are declaring a CD amnesty! Donate your unwanted CDs to us, and you can support us and clear out your home all at once. We may be able to pick up from some locations, otherwise, they'll need to be delivered to our office near Oval in South London. Please contact... Read on

Cambridge Fundraising Concert

Posted in Fundraising Events on 13th December 2013

The fabulous instrumental quartet, Subzar will be launching their new EP, Pico, on Friday, 20th December at 7:30pm at Michaelhouse Church, Cambridge. They'll be joined by singer-songwriter Laura Grimes, poet Fay Roberts and indie/shoegaze band, Tape Runs Out.... Read on

Rwanda: Local Partner feedback

Posted in Projects on 4th December 2013

We were happy to receive some really positive feedback whilst visiting our Local Partner’s in Rwanda. One member of staff explained that: “Some parents don’t have hope when they bring their children here, they don’t know what to do with them. The music... Read on

Christmas Collaboration with Acousticards

Posted in Fundraising Events on 3rd December 2013

We're very excited to announce our December collaboration with Acousticards! Acousticards lets you personalize a variety of Christmas carols to send to your loved ones. Prices start at just 69p, and 10p from each song sent this month will be be donated to us!... Read on

From our September Trip to Romania

Posted in Projects on 18th November 2013

Hear one of our Local Partners in action with this recording, made while we were in Romania in September. Lenuta works for the fantastic Fundatia de Sprijin Comunitar (Foundation for Community Support) in Bacau. Do read more about their work, here. Read on

News from our Distance Learning Students' Practical Assignments

Posted in Projects on 5th November 2013

Our Distance Learning Students in Romania are currently tackling their Practical Assignments - running eight music sessions with our supervision. They are bravely conquering their fears and sharing with us their successes and difficulties. Only last week we had... Read on

Weeks 2 and 3: Project Myanmar

Posted in Blog on 22nd October 2013

Dana Jacobson, who was recruited from Israel to take on the role of assistant during the 4 week project in Myanmar, has just sent us the final blog updates. We hope you enjoy reading them and we look forward to sharing the full report with you as soon as we can... Read on

Freelance Marketing Position

Posted in Recruitment on 22nd October 2013

We are still looking to recruit to a freelance marketing role (1 day per week, 1 year fixed term contract) to support the development of our Interactive Music-Making Course. The candidate should have proven experience in marketing to education, with confidence... Read on

Improving Dementia Care in Wales

Posted in Projects on 18th October 2013

I'm just back from a dynamic and interesting meeting with a wide group of people involved in the care of people with dementia in Wales, who are keen to look at whether care staff and activity organisers in care homes might be skilled to use some musical activities... Read on

Support visit in Georgia

Posted in Projects on 15th October 2013

Music Therapist, Sarah Whiteside,spent the last week in Georgia offering support to our Local Partners at Public school #200 in Tblisi. We were pleased to receieve some really positive and encouraging feedback from Sarah: "Staff told me the music programme has... Read on

Georgia 2013

Posted in Blog on 12th October 2013

So it’s my last day here in Tbilisi, Georgia, and I’m only now getting around to writing this. I’ve been here for a week visiting Public School #200, observing music sessions and having some discussions with staff about how they might continue to develop... Read on

Big Lottery Fund Grant!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 11th October 2013

We are very pleased that our new Chilterns-based Interactive Music-Making course, scheduled to begin in January 2014, has been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The grant will be a huge help as we work on rolling out the new course, and we are very grateful... Read on

Cardiff Half-Marathon - sponsors needed!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 4th October 2013

The wonderful Lenny Sayers, Robert Plane and Anna Cleworth are running the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 6th October, to raise money for Music as Therapy International. They write: "We're all members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. We're running the... Read on

HIghly Commended

Posted in Blog on 28th September 2013

On Thursday evening the Music as Therapy International team attended this year's Third Sector Excellence Awards. We were excited to be highly commended for the 'small charity, big acheiver' award. It was a really lovely evening and a great opportunity for us to... Read on

Bringing Music as Therapy to Myanmar

Posted in Blog on 25th September 2013

We are really pleased to hear from Dana Jacobson who Tsvia Horesh, our project partner, recruited from Israel to take on the role of assistant during this 4 week project in Myanmar. We hope you enjoy the updates and photos from the first two weeks."First week:... Read on

News from around the world

Posted in Projects on 20th September 2013

This autumn is an exciting time for Music as Therapy International and we have several projects taking place in different places. Please read our blog to keep uptodate with what is happening in Romania, Rwanda, Myanmar and, shortly, Georgia. Read on

Family Days in Rwanda

Posted in Blog on 20th September 2013

Disability in Rwanda is still very misunderstood. There is a huge amount of stigma and shame attached to having a disabled child and it is common for families to be ostracised by the community or even abused. There is a deep seated belief that a family with a... Read on

First update from project Myanmar

Posted in Blog on 18th September 2013

News just in from our partner, Tsvia Horesh, whose project in Myanmar is underway now:"So much to say about the first week... We spent 4 days visiting the schools... we had time to watch the daily schedule and think about possible kids for 1 to 1 music sessions... Read on

Day 2; Ngwino Nawe

Posted in Blog on 16th September 2013

On the second day, we visited Ngwino Nawe, a residential village for children with a wide range of disabilities and ages. Some children are orphans and are supported charitably, others are supported by their families who live far away and are unable to provide... Read on

Day 1: Nkanka

Posted in Blog on 16th September 2013

We are in Rwanda this year to provide further support for those Local Partners who were trained in 2010 and have been running therapeutic music programmes at ‘Ngwino Nawe’ and ‘Nkanka’. Both centres work with children with a wide range of disabilities... Read on

Project Rwanda: Setting the scene

Posted in Blog on 16th September 2013

It is my first trip to Rwanda and although subsequent blog entries will go on to describe our work & that of our Local Partners, I’m eager to share my first impressions with you in the hope that you can get a flavour of the beautiful country we are working in... Read on

Hiccups, (h)encouragement and homecoming!

Posted in Blog on 14th September 2013

We have had an ambitious itinerary of travel plans and - perhaps unsurprisingly - we finally missed an important train connection meaning that we weren’t able to reach Bistrita as planned on Friday, where we had planned to meet with Marin Mic (Fundatia de Inocenti... Read on

Last post from Romania (Hannah and Cathy)

Posted in Blog on 14th September 2013

It’s our last day in Romania and we have had a busy few days in Oradea.On Thursday morning we visited a day centre for adults with Down syndrome. They had received a project in 2000 from Kathryn Williams and Emma Walmsley. They had recently moved into a new... Read on

Travelling further West (Thursday)

Posted in Blog on 14th September 2013

Our journey from Bacau began early in the morning and took us, by bus, further west to Vaslui. Village after village lined the road, unfolding rural scenes hardly changed by time: Flocks of geese scattered in our wake; kittens scrambled over the wobbly wooden... Read on

From Cluj to Oradea

Posted in Blog on 12th September 2013

It was a fleeting visit in Cluj, but well worth the stop. We visited the Gimnziala School for Special Needs for the first time so we could meet Timea, a graduate of our Distance Learning Program. We were unable to meet the children as its still the summer holidays... Read on

676 kilometres so far...

Posted in Blog on 11th September 2013

We've covered 676 kilometres around the country so far and we are leaving Bacau at dawn tomorrow to head off further East to Vaslui. But today was inspirational!We spent it with our Local Partners from Fundatia de Sprijin Comunitar. We observed a session run by... Read on

Visiting Local Partners in West Romania

Posted in Blog on 10th September 2013

Whilst Alexia and Becca are busy visiting Local Partners across the East of Romania, Cathy and myself are taking on the West. We arrived in Timisoara on Saturday afternoon and were greeted by a Local Partner who had taken part in a Music as Therapy skill-sharing... Read on

Constanta to Campina and beyond

Posted in Blog on 10th September 2013

From coastal Constanta to mountainous Campina, where the air was crisp and all was peaceful. Today we were welcomed by our former Distance Learning student, Mihaela, and looked after with great generosity and kindness. We visited the centre where she works, C.... Read on

Visiting our Local Partners in Constanta

Posted in Blog on 9th September 2013

This posting comes from Romania where I have spent two days in Constanta with fellow music therapist, Becca Sayers. It is the first part of a visit where we will be travelling around the East side of the country, visiting as many of our Local Partners as we can... Read on

Project Noel de Nyundo: Postponed

Posted in Projects on 6th September 2013

Due to the recent increase in tensions between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda the UK foreign office is advising against all travel to the area. Music as Therapy International was due to send two volunteers to the Noel de Nyundo orphanage next... Read on

Continuing Professional Development Seminar (London)

Posted in Projects on 3rd September 2013

This year's CPD Day - Daring to Innovate - will take place in London on Saturday 16th November. A range of presentations will frame discussions about how demands of commissioning, clinical practice and service development increasingly require music therapists... Read on

Update: Project Noel de Nyundo

Posted in Projects on 3rd September 2013

Unrest in Rwanda is putting our next project at risk. Our thoughts are with our volunteers who are on standby waiting to hear if they will be travelling next weekend, and with our Local Partners. You can read more about the situation here, but we will keep you... Read on

Volunteer Induction day for project Noel de Nyundo

Posted in Projects on 21st August 2013

We had a very exciting and productive volunteer induction day in London yesterday. Our newly recruited volunteers, Fiona and Stephanie are preparing for their trip to Rwanda in September, ready to spend 6 weeks skill-sharing with local staff at the Noel de Nyundo... Read on

Sarah Hadley Shortlisted for Oxleas Staff Recognition Awards

Posted in Projects on 20th August 2013

We're very pleased to announce that Sarah Hadley has been shortlisted for the Oxleas Staff Recognition Awards 2013, Leading and Inspiring category, for her work on the Interactive Music-Making Course. Sarah is one of the course founders and her recognition is... Read on

Third Sector Excellence Awards FINALIST!

Posted in Projects on 13th August 2013

We are thrilled to hear we are one of five finalists in this year's Third Sector Excellence Awards, in the category "Small Charity; Big Achiever". This accolade is clearly something that our Local Partners have made possible - they are the true big achievers. Read on

Project Myanmar is going ahead

Posted in Projects on 6th August 2013

After sending out an urgent appeal to help secure funding for the delivery of an introductory skill-sharing project in Mynamar, just over a month ago, we were amazed by the response we received. We have managed to raise a staggering £4646.57. This secures... Read on

URGENT APPEAL

Posted in Fundraising Events on 26th June 2013

Project Myanmar: We urgently need help to secure just under 5,000 USD (just over £3,000) to deliver a music therapy skill-sharing project to local staff working with disabled children in Myanmar (Burma). We have been working with Tsvia Horesh, an Israeli... Read on

Project Myanmar

Posted in Projects on 25th June 2013

We have been working with Tsvia Horesh, an Israeli Music Therapist, to develop a project destined for a special school in Yangon, Myanmar this September. It is estimated that there are more than 1 million physically disabled people in Myanmar, the majority of... Read on

Rwanda DVD Filming Complete

Posted in Projects on 21st June 2013

We have just finished filming for our Rwanda training DVD, bringing us one step closer to its launch! The 30-minute film showcases the skills of our existing Rwandan Local Partners to illustrate basic teaching points relating to music therapy. The hope is that... Read on

New Interactive Music-Making Website Launched

Posted in Projects on 11th June 2013

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the new Interactive Music-Making website! http://www.interactivemusicmaking.org/The new site features extensive information about the course, including sections for potential students, and for managers... Read on

Interactive Music-Making in the Chilterns

Posted in Projects on 11th June 2013

We are excited to be working with Rosie Axon of Chiltern Music Therapy to develop another delivery of our Interactive Music-Making Course that will reach early years practitioners beyond the M25 next year. Rosie has also just been nominated for a Pride of Buckinghamshire... Read on

Tsvia Horesh - Bringing Music Therapy to Myanmar

Posted in Fundraising Events on 4th June 2013

Music as Therapy International is pleased to be supporting Israeli music therapist Tsvia Horesh who will be running a skill sharing project in MYANMAR. Two volunteers will spend 4 weeks sharing skills with local workers in 1 monte school and 1 centre for children... Read on

Tsvia Horesh - Bringing Music Therapy to Myanmar

Posted in Projects on 4th June 2013

Music as Therapy International is pleased to be supporting Israeli music therapist Tsvia Horesh who will be running a skill sharing project in MYANMAR. Two volunteers will spend 4 weeks sharing skills with local workers in 2 special education schools and 1 centre... Read on

Music Education UK

Posted in Projects on 22nd May 2013

Our thanks to Music Education UK for continuing their suport of our work, by featuring our Advancing Healthcare Award shortlisting here. Read on

Ollie's Shop

Posted in Fundraising Events on 21st May 2013

Music as Therapy International is excited to have been chosen by young entrepreneur Ollie Forsyth, as a charity his business is supporting as part of his mission to raise £1,000,000 for charity before 2024. Ollie's Shop is a fantastic source of fun... Read on

Helpful Accountant Required

Posted in Recruitment on 20th May 2013

Every charity that has an income of below £500,000 (definitely us!) is required to submit an Independent Examiner's Report on its Annual Accounts to the Charity Commission. We are currently looking for a generous-spirited accountant who woud be willing... Read on

Nursery World features Interactive Music-Making

Posted in Projects on 15th May 2013

Our Interactive Music-Making Course will be featured in the next issue of NurseryWorld in their column "My Best Course". One of our graduates, Tina Carter, who is still using her Interactive Music-making skills in her work at Pound Park Nursery School and Children... Read on

Thank-you Neil Robbie

Posted in Fundraising Events on 8th May 2013

Many thanks to Neil Robbie who ran the London marathon and raised £1000 for us! Well done! Read on

New Administrator

Posted in Recruitment on 8th May 2013

We are very happy to welcome Shannon Perkins as our new administrator. Shannon is about to qualify as a music therapist, and has previously worked as an administrator in higher education, as well as a guitar instructor and musician. She is looking forward to applying... Read on

Professional Recognition for the Interactive Music-Making Course

Posted in Projects on 7th May 2013

Following our recent shortlisting for an Advancing Healthcare Award (the picture was taken at the Ceremony which some of the tutor team were able to attend), we were pleased to also receive the following from Donald Wetherick, Chair of the British Association... Read on

Project Beit Sahour - Final Week of our Follow-up Visit

Posted in Blog on 1st May 2013

We’re back safely, have unpacked, and are very happy to give you our final update on Project Beit Sahour’s follow-up visit. We have been so delighted by the progress and commitment shown by our local partners, and have been so encouraged by the sessions we... Read on

London Marathon

Posted in Fundraising Events on 19th April 2013

All the team at Music as Therapy Internatiobal would like to wish Neil Robbie good luck for the London Marathon on Sunday! Neil has very kindly offered to raise money for our activities overseas this year. If you’d like to offer your support please sponsor him... Read on

Thank-you to the Abernethy Parish Church

Posted in Fundraising Events on 17th April 2013

We are so grateful for the ongoing support shown by the Abernethy Parish Church in Scotland. Especially the incredibly generous donation from this year's 'charity shop' - Thank-you so much! Read on

Part-Time Administrator Position

Posted in Recruitment on 16th April 2013

Our brilliant current adminstrator, Tim, is leaving us now he is able to use his skills as a professional music therapist full time. This means we are looking for a replacement: A self-motivated person who is keen to get really involved in the day-to-day working... Read on

Project Beit Sahour Follow-up underway!

Posted in Blog on 10th April 2013

We arrived back in Palestine on a warm and windy evening in April, looking forward to seeing all the people we met last Autumn. Having quickly settled into to our lodging and met up with Music Therapist, Liz Coombes (Project Leader), we eagerly went to our first... Read on

Proejct Beit Sahour: Follow Up Visit

Posted in Blog on 10th April 2013

Music Therapists Hazel Child and Teleri Dyer are currently in Beit Sahour offering support to our Local Partners in a short Follow-Up Visit. If they have time, stamina and internet access, they will post news of their trip here! Read on

Project Myanmar Consultancy

Posted in Projects on 10th April 2013

We are delighted to be working alongside Israeli Music Therapist, Tsvia Horesh to help her build on her initial investment at the Eden Centre in Myanmar. Tsvia ran a short introductory music therapy training course there last year which was well attended by local... Read on

Project Beit Sahour Follow-up visit

Posted in Projects on 3rd April 2013

On Saturday 6th April Hazel Child and Teleri Dyer will be returning to our project in Beit Sahour to provide support for our Local Partners. If you would like to keep up to date with how their trip is going then you can view their blog which will be updated during... Read on

Afriganza at The Blind Tiger Club, Brighton

Posted in Fundraising Events on 27th March 2013

We are really grateful to the Blind Tiger Club in Brighton for supporting Music as Therapy International at the first ever 'Afriganza' festival earlier this month. Over a 1000 people read about our work in the online programme and the success of the event has... Read on

Recruiting for project Noel de Nyundo, Rwanda 2013

Posted in Recruitment on 26th March 2013

We are now looking to recruit a music therapist and an 'assistant' to share their skills with local staff working at Noel de Nyundo, an institution in North-west Rwanda. To find out more about this great volunteer opportunity please visit the Rwanda project page... Read on

Neil Robbie's Fundraising Page

Posted in Fundraising Events on 19th March 2013

Please support Neil Robbie who is once again taking part in this years London Marathon to help raise money for Music as Therapy! You can donate by visiting his Virgin money giving page: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.actionGood... Read on

Music Day

Posted in Fundraising Events on 19th March 2013

A music day which had ‘something for everyone’ took place on the 2ndMarch at the Market Harborough Methodist Church in Lancashire with half of the proceeds being kindly donated to Music as Therapy Internationals work in Beit Sahour. This 10-hour music day... Read on

Advancing Healthcare Awards 2013

Posted in Projects on 15th March 2013

We are very excited that our 'Interactive Music-Making' Course had been shortlisted for an Advancing Healthcare Award for the second year in a row!On the 19th March, Alexia and Sarah will be presenting their hardwork at the department of health in the hopes of... Read on

Beit Sahour follow-up visit

Posted in Projects on 5th March 2013

We are delighted that Music Therapists, Hazel Child and Teleri Dyer are due to visit staff and children at the ELS schools in Beit Sahour and Bethlehem and the Hope school in Ramallah. Interim reports have been received from the schools and have provided an insight... Read on

Intensive Study Weekend

Posted in Projects on 27th February 2013

“The Intensive Study weekend was a fantastic success with an exciting group of 14 dedicated students participating, who had travelled from all around Romania (some for as long as 13 hours) to be there. We were extremely grateful to Anca Mircea and Mia Cocaina... Read on

Intensive Study Weekend in Romania

Posted in Projects on 20th February 2013

Alexia Quin and Sarah Hadley are traveling to Cluj in Romania this Friday to deliver the Intensive Study Weekend to the 14 students that were accepted onto the Distance Learning Programme this year. They are looking forward to sharing the teaching across the weekend... Read on

Carol Concert at Downe House School

Posted in Fundraising Events on 20th February 2013

A huge thank-you to Downe House for donating the proceeds of a Carol Concert that they organised last term to Music as Therapy International. Your kind donation is very much appreciated! Read on

2013 BECERA Conference

Posted in Projects on 20th February 2013

This year the BECERA Conference is being held in Birmingham on the 20th & 21st February. The focus of the conference will be 'Researching Childrens Lives: Questions of practice & Methods'.We are excited to have our Administrator Tim Twomey attend the conference... Read on

Jane Inspires Secondary School Students!

Posted in Projects on 19th February 2013

Music as Therapy International’s Project Manager, Jane Robbie was asked to present to some students at a local school in Hove earlier this month. We received some lovely feedback from one of the teachers....“Jane came to Hove Park School to talk to Health... Read on

Freelance Marketing Position

Posted in Recruitment on 15th February 2013

We are looking to recruit to a freelance marketing role (1 day per week, 1 year fixed term contract) to support the development of our Interactive Music-Making Course. The candidate should have proven experience in marketing to education, with confidence to tackle... Read on

Project Beit Sahour

Posted in Projects on 6th February 2013

Following the delivery of a successful 6-week skill-sharing project in Beit Sahour last September, we are delighted to have received some really positive feedback from our Local Partners.One school describes the progress that they have observed:“We have observed... Read on

Advisory Panel Meeting

Posted in Projects on 29th January 2013

We had a typcially dynamic day discussing our recent activities and our proposals for 2013 with our Advisory Panel of Music Therapists on Saturday. Despite snow meaning we had to reschedule the long-awaited meeting, we were so pleased by how many people contributed... Read on

Happy New Year!

Posted in Projects on 10th January 2013

As we embrace 2013, you might notice that a few of our project pages on the website start to seem a little out of date. Please bear with us. This is always the case at this time of year - it takes time to confirm our proposals for the next twelve months before... Read on

Interactive Music-Making for Practice

Posted in Projects on 7th December 2012

There are two places remaining for our January intake of students and we are now offering them at a discounted price of £500 for the 12 week course. To find out more about what interactive music-making offers as a way of early intervention please click... Read on

Charity single out now!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 4th December 2012

Following months of hard work the Riverside Children's Choir Christmas charity single hit the shops this week. All proceeds will be going to Music as Therapy International! Plus, the children would really like to make it into the charts...You can watch the video... Read on

One Week to go!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 27th November 2012

It's only a week now until the charity single produced by the talented Riverside School Children's Choir goes on sale. All proceeds are going to Music as Therapy International and you can pre-order it now, ahead of its release date next Sunday. Just click here... Read on

Carol Concert

Posted in Fundraising Events on 27th November 2012

A huge thank you to the staff at Horsnby House for choosing Music as Therapy International as the beneficiary of their Carol Concert collection later this term. What a wonderful way to support us! Read on

Parent Feedback (Romania)

Posted in Projects on 27th November 2012

One of our Distance Learning Students in Romania collected some fantastic feedback from parents of children she had been offering music sessions to: „I can see the results, she is much more attentive, she concentrates better. On a music therapy... Read on

Project Rwanda Presentation

Posted in Projects on 21st November 2012

We are extremely proud to announce that Music Therapists Nicky Haire and Caroline Anderson are presenting their work from Project Rwanda in a paper entitled "Teaching teachers: Music as Therapy International's Project Rwanda" at the conference "Music Therapy and... Read on

World Hello Day - for us!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 20th November 2012

Anyone who has an i-phone or i-pad and sometimes finds they don't have the right card for the right occasion, might like to know about a new app. being launched: Acousticards assure us they have a musical greeting for everyone, whatever their name, and once you... Read on

Distance Learning Course - Practical impact

Posted in Projects on 19th November 2012

We are delighted to see how our Distance learning students in Romania - all people currently working with young children with disabilities, who want to include music as therapy in what they can offer - are progressing as they put their online learning into practice... Read on

CPD Event Feedback

Posted in Projects on 19th November 2012

Well we worked hard to prepare our CPD Event this weekend and have just been rewarded with some generous feedback from one of the participants, Music Therapist Julia Usher:“Your CPD Day certainly fulfilled everything I hoped of it, including meeting young therapists... Read on

Occasional Translator Needed

Posted in Recruitment on 9th November 2012

CURRENT NEED: Occasional Translation Out of respect and to ensure we can communicate as clearly as possible, we always like to communicate with our Local Partners in their mother tongue. We are currently looking for Arabic and Georgian speakers who would be prepared... Read on

Translation Help Sought

Posted in Projects on 9th November 2012

CURRENTLY NEED: Occasional Translation Out of respect and to ensure we can communicate as clearly as possible, we always liketo communicate with our Local Partners in their mother tongue. We are currently looking for Arabic and Georgian speakers who would be prepared... Read on

Art Auction: Going Live!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 6th November 2012

The Sale of original Giles Smallwood acrylics starts today at 4pm. You can download the catalogue here and find out more about the artist here. All pictures can be secured for a minimum donation to Music as Therapy International of £200, but you'd better hurry... Read on

Some wise guidance for volunteers

Posted in Recruitment on 5th November 2012

Although we are not actively recruiting volunteers at the moment, I thought I'd pass on an extremely wise article that might be of interest to people browsing this site in search of opportunities to volunteer for international development work. Click here to read... Read on

Week 6 - First Phase of Project Over.

Posted in Blog on 29th October 2012

We have now arrived home safely and are slowly adapting to being back on British soil. That last week went by so quickly! Monday to Thursday induced an array of emotions as we conducted the last sessions in Beit Sahour and Dar al Kalima schools; the children said... Read on

Project Beit Sahour has now ended

Posted in Projects on 23rd October 2012

Our congratulations and enormous thanks to Hazel Child and Teleri Dyer for everything they undertook within Project Beit Sahour over the past six weeks, and to Advisory Panel Member Liz Coombes for supporting them every step of the way. We have been following... Read on

Week 5 - Project Beit Sahour

Posted in Blog on 14th October 2012

Week 5, and the prize for ‘most moving moment’ goes to the child who hung on the bars outside the window, watching as the very last instrument went away…But most charming went to the boy who asked where ‘the sea voice’ was, meaning the ocean drum. 2... Read on

CPD Event

Posted in Projects on 9th October 2012

We are pleased to announce our next CPD Event: Music Therapy Skill-Sharing - Techniques and Considerations. This is being offered in response to a number of music therapists who have asked for more insight into how we share our skills on our Music as Therapy International... Read on

Week 4 - Project Beit Sahour

Posted in Blog on 7th October 2012

We’ve now reached the end of the fourth week of the project, and we only have two weeks to go! Time is flying and we’re getting to know the staff and children really well, and look forward to seeing their enthusiastic faces each week. We are very pleased to... Read on

Congratulations!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 1st October 2012

She did it! Our Projects' Coordinator and her friend Amanda James completed a 52 mile Bike Ride around East Sussex in aid of Music as Therapy International.So far they have raised over £1200, with more sponsorship trickling in. An amazing effort and we are all... Read on

Local Partner Update: Bethlehem

Posted in Projects on 1st October 2012

With the Music as Therapy International ehtos of sustainable projects in mind, we were delighted to receive an update from one of our local partners from Project Bethlehem in 2009.Earlier this year,Noubar Vosgueritchian, a Local Partner from Project Bethlehem... Read on

Another week gone – halfway through!

Posted in Blog on 30th September 2012

Time is picking up speed now, as we reached the halfway point of our project this weekend. Sessions with the children progressed well this week, and our trainees are starting to lead games and exercises for themselves. Their ‘homework’ is to think about one... Read on

Project Beit Sahour: Week 2

Posted in Blog on 25th September 2012

At the end of our second week in Beit Sahour, the project is really taking shape. We have worked with students in all three schools and been met with good responses, enthusiasm and interest. The staff are all working hard alongside us, making the most of our time... Read on

Rwanda Training DVD

Posted in Projects on 21st September 2012

We have long planned to create a DVD for our Rwandan Local Partners and other local people working who want to learn how to use music with people with disabilities in Rwanda and it is now really coming together! Nicky and Caroline with two Local Partners, 2011The... Read on

BBC R4 Appeal Total

Posted in Fundraising Events on 17th September 2012

After an exciting couple of months, we can now confirm that the total raised from our BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal was £15,014!An absolutely astounding figure that will truly make a difference to the work we can do here at Music as Therapy International. This has... Read on

Art Auction: Giles Smallwood

Posted in Fundraising Events on 17th September 2012

The artist Giles Smallwood has just offered to hold an auction of his recent works to raise money for Music as Therapy International. This is fantastically generous and hugely appreciated. Giles has been a longstanding supporter of ours - he also contributed to... Read on

Training in Moldova

Posted in Projects on 17th September 2012

We are really excited to hear that two of our Local Partners in Romania, Monica Szabo and Maia Indries, have been asked by HealthProm to deliver introductory music as therapy training to 20 students from about 6 different Non-Governmental Organisations, and some... Read on

Project Rwanda: Meeting with Hopes and Homes for Children

Posted in Projects on 14th September 2012

We are excited to have the opportunity to link up with the excellent charity Hope and Homes for Children, to ensure our work in Rwanda is informed by their experience of the country and insight into the reforms taking place nationally with regard to the country... Read on

Our First Week in Beit Sahour

Posted in Blog on 12th September 2012

Marhaba,We have arrived safely and have received a wonderful welcome here in Palestine! Everyone is very enthusiastic and the instruments are out of their boxes and have been put to good use. We have been drinking copious amounts of Arabic coffee and are very... Read on

Project Beit Sahour

Posted in Projects on 11th September 2012

Team Beit Sahour have arrived!Music Therapist Hazel Child and assistant Teleri Dyer have arrived safe and sound. They already on day 2 of their training programme alongside Music Therapist Liz Coombes and things are going well.We wish them the best of luck and... Read on

We've arrived! Project Beit Sahour

Posted in Blog on 9th September 2012

On Friday, Teleri, Liz and I flew from Luton airport and eventually arrived in Beit Sahour, in Palestine. It’s an amazing place – people are warm and friendly, the sky is a sheer blue, the buildings an extreme mix of ancient and modern... and the driving is... Read on

Projects' Assistant

Posted in Recruitment on 5th September 2012

Due to our developing international work, Music as Therapy International is looking for a new Projects' Assistant to support our Projects' Manager at our Brighton office. Given the variety of tasks and the way Music as Therapy International operates, this is a... Read on

Charity Concert in Aid of Project Rwanda

Posted in Fundraising Events on 28th August 2012

Music as Therapy International Presents:Cambridge UnpluggedAn intimate gig in aid of Project Rwanda7:30, Sat 29th SeptemberMichaelhouse, Trinity Street, CambridgeTickets on the door (£8/£6)An evening of Jazz, Improv, folk, ambient and classical music Read on

A Big Thank You!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 10th July 2012

After an exciting week, we can reveal that our BBC Radio 4 Appeal has raised £9450- so far! Thankyou to everyone for your support and kind donations. Every little effort has made a massive difference to what we can do! http://tinyurl.com/cv79f9e Read on

BBC Radio 4 Appeal Now Closed

Posted in Fundraising Events on 9th July 2012

Well it's been a hugely exciting week for us even though we don't yet know exactly how much money our Radio 4 Appeal has rasied. It has been encouraging to receive enquiries into our work from people who'd caught the appeal on the radio, we've had a journalist... Read on

Touching donation

Posted in Fundraising Events on 3rd July 2012

We were really touched to hear from one of our Local Partners in Romania today who, having heard our Radio 4 appeal, has made a donation to support our work in Rwanda. They also sent us some photos of their clients taking part in the music sessions we helped them... Read on

Distance Learning Course (Romania)

Posted in Projects on 29th June 2012

More encouraging feedback from a student on our Distance Learning Course. It is exciting when people spontaneously get in touch to tell us how much one of our activities means to them. Oana Goiceanu is working at the Art Therapy Centre 'Doina Pocioanu' in Timisoara... Read on

Positive feedback from Local Partners in Georgia!

Posted in Projects on 26th June 2012

We were delighted to hear from one of our Local Partners at the Public School No 200 in Tbilisi who shared her observations about the impact music was having on a young boy in her sessions..."Six months of musical therapy has been successful. The children who... Read on

The BBC have started promoting our Charity Appeal!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 25th June 2012

It doesn't get much more exciting than seeing your charity's name on the BBC website! Our Appeal is to be broadcast from Sunday 1st July and the BBC are now advertising us as a forthcoming programme. Click here to share our excitement! Read on

New films on our website!

Posted in Projects on 25th June 2012

Finally we have managed to find appropriate extracts, with al the necessary consent, to put some short film clips onto our website. We hope these will illustrate exactly what it is that goes on in the music sessions we are always talking about! Click here to see... Read on

Thank you DUCKS

Posted in Fundraising Events on 25th June 2012

A huge thank you to DUCKS for raising a fantastic £300 for us at their recent Sports Day cake sale and for helping us to promote the Radio 4 Appeal. Their contribution is going towards some work we have planned in Romania in 2013, replenishing our Local Partners... Read on

Music Therapy Consultancy in Myanmar

Posted in Projects on 15th June 2012

We just wanted to share with you the success of Israeli Music Therapist Tsvia Horesh's recent skill-sharing trip to Myanmar. After a huge amount of preparatory work, Tsvia delivered a skill-sharing project to equip local teachers and para-medical therapists with... Read on

Radio 4 Appeal Recorded TODAY!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 12th June 2012

Jane and Alexia spent the most exciting morning at the BBC today, watching Imelda Staunton record our appeal ready for its broadcast during the first week of July. She was fantastic!We've also just added a page to our website so you can follow our progress towards... Read on

Project Georgia follow-up day 4

Posted in Blog on 1st June 2012

As we take time to reflect over the videos of the sessions in the last fews days, everyone begins to realise just how much has changed, for children and educators alike. The sessions have moved to a smaller room, which most people feel contains the energy of the... Read on

Project Georgia follow-up visit underway!

Posted in Blog on 30th May 2012

My hosts were as inviting and warm as they had been the last time. I realised the trick to survival was to keep a glass with an inch of water by me which passed as vodka for the toasts - which come unrelentlessly when family and friends visit for the evening meal... Read on

Another wonderful testimony

Posted in Projects on 28th May 2012

It is always wonderful to hear from our Local Partners. We recently received a report from Mihaela Gheorlan, a student on our Distance Learning Course in Romania where she said: At the end of the learning program I truly felt I had one more instrument to help... Read on

Project Georgia Update

Posted in Projects on 15th May 2012

We are delighted to have had a recent update on the work our Local Partners are continuing in Georgia. One staff member wrote, “After music sessions M. (she is very shy) started to communicate with teachers, sometimes she also gives answers. She doesn’t hide... Read on

The Media Trust

Posted in Fundraising Events on 15th May 2012

We have just sent a request to the fantastic Media Trust in the hope they can find us a professional film maker who will donate their skills to make a short film for us to put on our website. At last! We've been hoping to do this for years. Fingers crossed...! Read on

Imelda Staunton Agrees to Present our Radio 4 Appeal!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 14th May 2012

We are thrilled to announce that the award winning actress, Imelda Staunton has agreed to present our Radio 4 Appeal on the 1st July.It is truly exciting to have her support! Click here to read the testimony she has kindly written for us. Read on

Local Partner update - Bethlehem

Posted in Projects on 11th May 2012

We have just had some great news from one of the trainees from Project Bethlehem (2009): Noubar Vosgueritchian is not only continuing to use his music as therapy skills at the SOS School in Bethlehem three years down the line, but that he has also taken these... Read on

Discretionary Grant

Posted in Projects on 8th May 2012

We are delighted to award a discretionary grant to Local Partner, Mirela Navligu. Mirela has been running music as therapy sessions at her old place of work since 2004, but went on to set up 'VivArt', an arts therapy centre in Timisoara last year. Knowing the... Read on

Feedback from a Local Partner

Posted in Projects on 8th May 2012

It is always great to receive some feedback from a Local Partner or student. Aura Filip has been a Romanian Local Partner since 2000 and is a current Distance Learning student and has said the following about her experience working with Music as Therapy international... Read on

Advancing Healthcare Awards

Posted in Projects on 8th May 2012

At the end of March, Alexia, Sarah Hadley and our tutors from the Interactive Music-Making course went to the Advancing Health care Awards ceremony. The course had been nominated for an award in the "Achieving Excellence in Learning and Development" category.... Read on

MasT Update!

Posted in Blog on 8th May 2012

Hopefully you will have noticed that our home page has had a bit of a spring-clean. This also applies to the background workings of the entire website!Unfortunately, in all the work, some of our news postings were lost so we thought we would give you an update... Read on

Interactive Music-Making for Practice

Posted in Projects on 1st May 2012

All our Interactive Music-Making students have just submitted their written assignments and the teaching sessions are now fininshed. The students are embarking on their practical placements - delivering a series of interactive music-making sessions to young children... Read on

Shortlisted for an Advancing Healthcare Award

Posted in Projects on 30th January 2012

We are terrifically excited to announce that the Interactive Music-Making Learning Programme has been shortlisted for an Advancing Healthcare Award "Achieving Excellence in Learning and Development". We are due to present to the judging panel on Wednesday 8th... Read on

Radio 4 Appeal

Posted in Fundraising Events on 19th January 2012

Had our first meeting about our Radio 4 Charity appeal! Very exciting morning that has left us will a lot of planning to do. Watch this space for more information as we plan more and more! Alexia outside Broadcasting House. Read on

Manual for Trainers (Romania)

Posted in Projects on 17th January 2012

In response to our Local Partners in Romania, we spent time last year developing a manual to help them prepare to share their music as therapy skills and to develop their own ways of training other people. The Manual for Trainers has been very well-received, but... Read on

Distance Learning Course 2012

Posted in Projects on 10th January 2012

We are excited to launch this year's Distance Learning Course for people in Romania currently working with young children with disabilities and who are keen to start using music in their work. We have twelve students participating, from 10 locations around the... Read on

Dorvon Duo: Debut Concert in aid of Music as Therapy International

Posted in Fundraising Events on 9th January 2012

Please Note: The correct date of this exciting concert being held to raise money for us is Saturday 28th January 2012. We realise some publicity has given the date inaccurately - we were rushing in the run up to Christmas! We hope this hasn't caused too much confusion... Read on

Merry Christmas!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 22nd December 2011

We would just like to say Merry Christmas to everyone who donated this year. We couldn't have done any of what we do without such a wonderful group of donors. Read on

Merry Christmas!

Posted in Projects on 20th December 2011

We would just like to say Merry Christmas to everyone involved in this years projects. We couldn't have done any of it without such a dedicated team of volunteers and Local partners! Read on

Romanian Projects

Posted in Projects on 20th December 2011

We are delighted to announce the first two music as therapy courses in Romania, which have been developed by our Local Partners, which have successfully achieved ‘Recommended Status’. All the trainers involved have been working closely with us over the past... Read on

Distance Learning Course Completed (Romania)

Posted in Projects on 13th December 2011

We have just informed students on this year's Distance Learning Course of their final grades after their completion of the theoretical and practical aspects of the course. "It was an enjoyable experience in which I learned so much, and from which the child benefited... Read on

CPD Event

Posted in Fundraising Events on 6th December 2011

On Saturday 3rd December, we held our CPD event entitled "Music Therapy in the Community: A Practical look at Skill-Sharing". The day was a resounding success with a great crowd of 30 music therapists and trainees attending and raised over £1000 for the charity... Read on

Distance learning Programme feedback (Romania)

Posted in Projects on 6th December 2011

Our students have now completed their Practical Assignments and are awaiting their final grades. As part of the final documentation, one student submitted this extremely heartening feedback on how her music sessions had been:“Over the course of the music sessions... Read on

CPD Event

Posted in Projects on 1st December 2011

We're really pleased by the response to our CPD Event “Music Therapy in the Community: A Practical Look at Skill-Sharing” which is taking place in London this Saturday. We're expecting 30 music therapists to join us at the Oxleas Music Therapy Service Base... Read on

Admin crisis resolved

Posted in Recruitment on 1st December 2011

We have been rescued by a computer genius who has managed to restore our hard drive to its former glory. A big thank you to everyone who volunteered. Your generosity was greatly appreciated and won't be forgotten! Read on

Admin help needed!

Posted in Recruitment on 1st December 2011

Our hard drive failed this week and although most of our documents have been restored, they no longer have file names or creation dates. We need to go through every single one and work out what it is so we can rename it and there are many files we need to locate... Read on

Distance Learning Course (Romania)

Posted in Projects on 22nd November 2011

Our students are now coming to the end of the final phase of the Distance Learning Course (Music as Therapy for Young Children with Disabilities), their Practical Assignments. It has been fascinating to see them putting their new skills into practice and we have... Read on

These Tiny Things

Posted in Blog on 16th November 2011

A part of the project not mentioned here so far, though central, is the work we have done directly with children. This has acted as a model for staff members, who have observed, participated in and, finally, run sessions. The needs, and the strengths, children... Read on

Positive feedback from Local Partner in Romania!

Posted in Projects on 16th November 2011

Each quarter, Local Partners in Romania receive a bulletin updating them of others work in the network. Below is some positive feedback we'd like to share with you!Va multumesc si va felicit pentru Buletinul pe care l-ati realizat in aceasta toamna! Sunt articole... Read on

Dorvon Duo: Debut Concert in aid of Music as Therapy International

Posted in Fundraising Events on 8th November 2011

We all know music matters. Music as Therapy International takes music where it matters: to children and adults with special needs in deprived countries around the world. This concert will make a difference to the projects we have planned in 2012. Jane Gibson and... Read on

Roots in the invisible

Posted in Blog on 2nd November 2011

A literary friend in Edinburgh says most projects, and most things in life, go through the same three stages - a beginning, a muddle and an end. Right now here in Georgia, we're in the middle of the muddle. The weather has been cold and drizzly. Dreich. Around... Read on

Tipping Point

Posted in Blog on 27th October 2011

She sits in a chair, rocking violently and does not make eye contact. On the table beside her there are chime bars, bongos, tambourine and cymbal, a lyre, and various small percussion instruments. She looks at these but does not reach out to play them.This is... Read on

A Basic Beat

Posted in Blog on 24th October 2011

For three days, the wind blows like nothing I’ve known. When you’re out in it, it threatens to knock you off your feet if you turn a corner unprepared. It rattles the windows at night and hollers. I lie awake, waiting to hear a pattern in its wails, sighs... Read on

Where We're Coming From

Posted in Blog on 19th October 2011

I ask a friend who writes a blog for some advice. He smiles ruefully.‘Don’t spend too long on it,’ he says.On the plane, I try to think of reasons for writing about this time in Georgia. I often write things down as a way of makingsense of them, but I don... Read on

Music As Therapy CPD Event 2011

Posted in Fundraising Events on 30th September 2011

To raise money for our work and to share our experiences with the music therapy profession here in the UK, we are pleased to announce we are holding a CPD Event on Saturday 3rd December 2011 at 4, Wensley Close, Eltham, SE9 5AB. The event is entitled “Music... Read on

New Photos

Posted in Projects on 30th September 2011

New photos have been added to our Gallery from recent projects in Peru and Rwanda! Click here to view. Read on

Rwanda Blog Closed

Posted in Blog on 26th September 2011

The Rwanda blog is now closed, following the project's completion earlier this month. Read on

Project Peru Debriefing

Posted in Projects on 21st September 2011

Music Therapists, Carine Ries and Andrew Darlison have now returned home from Huancayo in Peru after delivering a successful 3 week project for staff and children at the mountain school, Tinkuy Peru. Carine and Andrew met with Projects' Co-ordinator, Jane Robbie... Read on

Distance Learning Programme

Posted in Projects on 7th September 2011

We are excited to see those Romanian students who have been accessing our Distance Learning course starting their practical assignments this month. The Practical Assignment comes at the end of seven months’ of online learning and their participation in one Intensive... Read on

Project Rwanda 2011 Blog 4

Posted in Blog on 6th September 2011

6th September 2011On Saturday we travelled by bus from Kamembe to Giterama, a town an hour from Kigali. We met Leoncie who runs a large centre for disabled children in the town and Gervaise, the secretary for Tubakunde, the association of centres for disabled... Read on

Project Rwanda 2011 Blog 3

Posted in Blog on 5th September 2011

1st September 2011We can hardly believe it, but tomorrow is our last day in Kamembe. On Saturday we will get the bus back to Kigali, where we will meet with members of the Tubakunde organisation, the network of centres for disabled children in Rwanda. We will... Read on

Project Rwanda 2011 Follow up visit

Posted in Blog on 27th August 2011

Blog 2 27th August 2011We’ve been in Kamembe for a week now and visited the two centres. Monday and Tuesday were spent at Ngwino Nawe, and Wednesday and Thursday at Nkanka Nkanka. We were so encouraged by the sessions we observed; the enthusiasm of the staff... Read on

Project Rwanda 2011 Blog 1

Posted in Blog on 24th August 2011

18th August 2011We’ve safely arrived in Kamembe, South West Rwanda, where we will be staying for the next two and a half weeks. After the eleven hours by plane from Heathrow to Kigali, then six hours on a cramped bus through windy roads it was really lovely... Read on

Interactive Music-Making nominated for an Oxleas Recognition Award

Posted in Projects on 17th August 2011

We are delighted and flattered to have had our Interactive Music-Making course nominated for an Oxleas Recognition Award by Lisa Thomspon, Head of Therapy and Integration - Children & Young People's Services - Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Lisa has also supported... Read on

Peru Blog Closed

Posted in Blog on 16th August 2011

The Peru Blog is now closed following its completion earlier this month. Read on

Last two days on the Peru Project, we are wrapping up...

Posted in Blog on 12th August 2011

The three weeks we've spent out here in Huancayo have been flying by and although it feels as if we've only just got here, we've almost come to the end of our stay. We've had a great time with Tino, Marie and the children of Tinkuy Peru. Alongside running music... Read on

Administrator Position now filled

Posted in Recruitment on 9th August 2011

We are delighted to have found an excellent new administrator to take over from Liz Nicholson. Tim Twomey will start work with us later in August. Read on

Staff workshops are running, attendance increasing steadily !

Posted in Blog on 30th July 2011

Tinkuy Peru has kindly offered to host our staff workshops and invite teachers from one of the local kindergardens to take part too. So the staff workshops are running and attendance seems to be increasing! We've already had some interesting musical explorations... Read on

Instrument Shopping for Project Peru

Posted in Blog on 27th July 2011

After visiting the mountain school in Huancayo to meet the children, some of the teachers and to gather first impressions, we also ventured into town to go instrument shopping! There seems to be a curious absence of soft-headed beaters,but other than that we're... Read on

Project Peru

Posted in Blog on 22nd July 2011

Hello,The bags are as good as packed, and we're getting ready for our trip to Peru !We are very excited and would like to thank everybody for their amazing support so far.Time for action !Please keep checking in for updates on our progress in Huancayo over the... Read on

Saxophone Challenge Awarded Distinction!

Posted in Projects on 21st July 2011

Congratulations to Carine Ries who not only rose to the challenge of learning the saxaphone in 3 months, but did so with flying colours. Carine found out yesterday that she had been awarded a 'Distinction' by the examining board! Not bad going considering she... Read on

Music as Therapy is spreading!

Posted in Projects on 12th July 2011

We have just collated the responses to a recent questionnaire sent to our Local Partners using music across Romania. We were excited to learn that a number of them have plans to share their music skills with other local workers. In fact, according to their estimates... Read on

Sax Challenge raises £500 for Peru

Posted in Fundraising Events on 7th July 2011

Project Leader, Carine Ries rose to the challenge to learn the Saxophone and get up to grade 3 within 3 months of starting to learn how to play! She took her exam on Tuesday and has already raised £500 from friends and family eager to sponsor the challenge. Carine... Read on

Project Georgia: Flights Booked!

Posted in Projects on 29th June 2011

Flights have been booked for Project Georgia! Music Therapists, Sarah Whiteside and Alastair Robertson will fly to Tbilisi on the 15th October 2011 to deliver a 3 week skill-sharing project for local staff and children at Public School No. 200. This state-run... Read on

Project Peru: 4 weeks to go!

Posted in Projects on 23rd June 2011

Projects' Co-ordinator Jane Robbie met with Project Leader, Carine Ries and Music Therapist, Andrew Darlison to disucss their forthcoming skill-sharing Project for Local Partners in Huancayo. The Director at Tinkyu Peru has been in regular contact with Carine... Read on

Rwanda Blog CLOSED

Posted in Blog on 17th June 2011

The Rwanda Blog is now closed, following the completion of the project last year. The team will be returning to Rwanda in August 2011, so do come back to read the next chapter of their experiences then. Read on

Distance Learning Course (Romania)

Posted in Projects on 17th June 2011

Our Distance Learning Course has now been running since January, with a number of students receiving monthly tutorials to help them develop their skills to use music with young children with disabilities. Their final Tutorial will be sent out next month, before... Read on

Peer Supervision (Romania)

Posted in Projects on 17th June 2011

We are excited to see the start of our Romanian Peer Supervision programme this week. Local Partners have had the opportunity to send in challenges they have faced in their music programmes and seek the advice of others in Romania who have experience of using... Read on

Interactive Music-Making Course, Greenwich (2011-12)

Posted in Projects on 17th June 2011

We are currently marketing the Interactive Music-Making for Practice Course which will run in Greenwich, South East London from September 2011. This course is for anyone who would like to use music as a resource to support child development. It is a carefully... Read on

Part-Time Administrator position

Posted in Recruitment on 17th June 2011

We are currently looking for a new Administrator to join our team. The position is 2.5 days per week (18.75 hours) with flexibility in terms of configuration. It is based in our office at The Oval, SW9. It is an autonomous role which could fit with juggling family... Read on

Featured in THE WEEK this week!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 10th June 2011

Great excitement in the Music as Therapy International office: Music as Therapy International is featured in The Week as their chosen charity of the week this week. If you can get hold of a copy of this great news and current affairs digest, you'll find us on... Read on

FUNDRAISING CONCERT: Sheffield, Friday 10th June

Posted in Fundraising Events on 8th June 2011

Organised by Music Therapist Caroline Anderson, in aid of Project Rwanda, Silver Spectrum Wind Band and Scoil Rince Nua Irish Dance Company are putting on a night of live music and dancing, including music from Lord of the Dance in Sheffield. Click here for more... Read on

FUNDRAISING CONCERT: Cambridge, Saturday 2nd July

Posted in Fundraising Events on 7th June 2011

Music Therapist Nicky Haire has organised a fundraising concert for Project Rwanda, which will take place on Saturday 2nd July in Cambridge. Click here for full details and please come along and lend your support! Read on

Running for Peru!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 26th May 2011

Congratulations to Project Leader, Carine Ries and her team who succesfully completed the Haggis Relay in Edinburgh at the weekend to raise money for Project Peru. The team of 4 ran against rain, hail and wind to complete the 26.2 miles and finished the distance... Read on

NEW - Donate by Text

Posted in Fundraising Events on 11th May 2011

It is now easier than ever to support Music as Therapy International. You can make a £5 donation by texting MAST11 to 70070 (All text messages are free on all networks, with the exception of T-Mobile (standard charges apply until 16 May, then free), and Music... Read on

Soulful Singers Success!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 27th April 2011

Thanks to Jane and all the singers who took part in Saturday's concert. Your impressive talents raised over £275 for Music as Therapy International. Thank you very much indeed. Read on

Peru Partnership

Posted in Projects on 29th March 2011

After several months of planning, our Peru Partnership with Music Therapist Carine Ries has been finalised. We look forward to working with Carine and her Local Partners in Huancayo, in the central highlands of Peru, in the summer. Their project will look at establishing... Read on

Beatboxing Support

Posted in Fundraising Events on 29th March 2011

We are so pleased to have the support of one of the World's Greatest Beatboxers, Shlomo. You can see his testimony here and read more about the man himself on his website. If you are new to the art of Beatboxing, take a few minutes to watch one of his videos and... Read on

Project Bethlehem

Posted in Projects on 8th March 2011

Although our partnership in Bethlehem came to an end last year, I was excited to hear that Music Therapist Liz Coombes was writing up her experiences on the project we helped to deliver. Her paper has now been published in the online music therapy journal Voices... Read on

Intensive Study Weekend, Cluj

Posted in Projects on 1st March 2011

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... Read on

Romania: Distance Learning Course Launched!

Posted in Projects on 20th January 2011

A Distance Learning Course has been launched this month for new Romanian contacts keen to develop their understanding of music as therapy for practical application in their places of work. The course is designed for those working with childen under the age of... Read on

Thank you Worldfirst

Posted in Fundraising Events on 8th December 2010

We are really grateful to the fantastic foreign exchange company Worldfirst who nominated us to be their Charity of the Month and beneficiary of the tombola held at their recent Christmas Fair. I've just paid in a very welcome cheque for £120. Thank you to everyone... Read on

Battle of the Law Firms

Posted in Fundraising Events on 2nd December 2010

Royal London Group are brilliant! On Monday night they organised a fiercely competitive Pub Quiz with half the proceeds pledged to us (the other half went to the Spitalfields Crypt Trust, an equally deserving cause). The evening sounded great fun and the funds... Read on

Charity of the Year!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 2nd December 2010

We are delighted to announce that, with over 500 votes, Music as Therapy International has been successful in becoming Charity of the Year 2011 for the company Paritor. Thank you all - and Paritor's clients too - for voting and to Paritor for pledging their support... Read on

Soroptimist International (Epsom)

Posted in Fundraising Events on 23rd November 2010

I was made very welcome by the Epsom and District branch of Soroptimist International last week, when I attended one of their meetings to talk about our work. The kind donation they made will be a great help towards the Distance Learning Course for Romanian Care... Read on

Project Rwanda - positive feedback!

Posted in Projects on 18th November 2010

As we tie up the recent Project in Rwanda it was heartening to receive this feedback from David Chaplin of Rwanda Aid, who generously provided accommodation and much more for Nicky and Caroline while they were delivering the project: "It was a pure pleasure having... Read on

News from Rwanda 5

Posted in Blog on 20th October 2010

We can hardly believe it, but we have reached the final week of the project. Most of our time outside the centres was spent putting together the resource booklet for staff. We had intended to include illustrations depicting group activities, however our artistic... Read on

Volunteers from Rwanda return home!

Posted in Projects on 15th October 2010

We are delighted to report that Music Therapists, Nicky Haire and Caroline Anderson arrived home safely after delivering a skill sharing project to Local Partners in Rwanda. They spent 7 weeks working closely with staff at 2 care settings in the Cyangugu district... Read on

Beatboxer backing our cause!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 13th October 2010

Brilliant Beatboxer, Shlomo, is rallying support for Music as Therapy International's quest to be Paritor's Charity of the Year 2011. See us mentioned in his blog here and find out more about him and his incredible skills at http://www.shlo.co.uk/ Read on

We need your vote!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 10th October 2010

We are very excited to have been nominated as a possible Charity of the Year for the software company, Paritor. If we are successful, it will mean they pledge to raise money for us throughout 2011... this would have quite a significant impact on our fundraising... Read on

News from Rwanda 4

Posted in Blog on 5th October 2010

This week we have moved on to the last stage of the project with the staff planning and leading sessions whilst we observe. This has been very exciting for us as we have been able to see how much of the Interactive Music Making principles the staff have taken... Read on

News from Rwanda 3

Posted in Blog on 4th October 2010

We’re now over halfway through our trip and into the fourth week of the six week programme. The staff have begun to take a more active role in the sessions; they have started leading activities, and take a lively interest in discussing the needs of individuals... Read on

Administrator

Posted in Recruitment on 1st October 2010

Today Music as Therapy International says goodbye to its Administrator, Cleo, and welcomes Liz Nicholson to the team. I'm sure many of you will get to know Liz over the coming weeks and months as she gets involved with the running of the Music as Therapy International... Read on

Interactive Music-Making Course (Greenwich)

Posted in Projects on 1st October 2010

We are very excited to have launched our Interactive Music-Making Course, put together in partnership with Greenwich Community Health Services Music Therapy Service and accredited by Greenwich University, with our first teaching session last night. We have ten... Read on

Romania: Training of Trainers Course

Posted in Projects on 15th September 2010

Just back from a fantastic trip to Romania! Feeling very inspired after spending 2 days with 30 enthusiastic Local Partners all looking to build on their skills as potential trainers. The course was led by UK Music Therapist, Cathy Rowland and co-led by 2 Local... Read on

News from Rwanda 2

Posted in Blog on 14th September 2010

We’ve now reached the end of the second week of the project, and we’re getting to know the staff and children, and the workings of the centres a little better. We began running individual and group sessions this week, with staff observing. From now on, staff... Read on

Part-Time Administrator Position

Posted in Recruitment on 13th September 2010

We are sad to be losing our fantastic administrator, Cleo, after 4 years helping keep Music as Therapy International running and we are looking for a replacement.Given the variety of tasks and the way Music as Therapy International operates, this is a great opportunity... Read on

Additional Training

Posted in Projects on 7th September 2010

News just in from Projects Co-ordinator, Jane Robbie, who is in Oradea at the moment: Jane has been working with Music Therapist Cathy Rowland to deliver a two-day course training thirty of our Local Partners to become confident as music as therapy Trainers themselves... Read on

Project Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 7th September 2010

We were excited to read the first installment of the team in Rwanda's time in Cyangugu, which Music Therapists Nicky Haire and Caroline Anderson have just been published in their blog. Click here to follow their progress. Read on

News from Rwanda 1

Posted in Blog on 7th September 2010

After a long journey we arrived to a very warm welcome at Munezero House Cyangugu. We spent the first few days adjusting to the very different culture, experimenting with transport (motorbike taxis, motos and local buses, mutatus) and orientating ourselves to... Read on

Georgia

Posted in Projects on 31st August 2010

We are excited to be starting work with Music Therapists Sarah Whiteside and Alastair Robertson, looking at ways to make the benefits of music therapy available to vulnerable people in Georgia.After Georgia declared its independence in 1991, political unrest led... Read on

Project Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 24th August 2010

Project Rwanda has now started! We wish music therapists Nicky and Caroline the best of luck and are excited to hear how they get on as the project progresses. You can keep up-to-date with their news by following their Blog here. Read on

Project Rwanda

Posted in Blog on 24th August 2010

This project will run from 24th August 2010 - 10th October 2010. You will be able to follow the team's progress throughout the six weeks on their Blog, posted here. Read on

Project Rwanda

Posted in Projects on 6th August 2010

Not long to go now! Music Therapists, Nicky Haire and Caroline Anderson travel to Rwanda later this month to deliver a six week skill sharing project to staff and children in a residential home and a day centre in the Rusizi district of Rwanda. Project Leader,... Read on

Links with Georgia

Posted in Projects on 6th August 2010

We are excited to be starting work with Music Therapists Sarah Whiteside and Alistair Robertson, looking at ways to make the benefits of music therapy available to vulnerable people in Georgia. After Georgia declared its independence in 1991, political unrest... Read on

Training of Trainers 2010

Posted in Projects on 5th August 2010

Plans for the ‘Training of Trainers’ course in September are well underway. The training will be led by UK Music Therapist, Cathy Rowland and will take place at the Centrul Scolar pentru Educatie Incluziva Nr. 1, Oradea on the 6th & 7th September 2010. Project... Read on

Cake Sale

Posted in Fundraising Events on 13th July 2010

Enormous thanks to Adrienne Amner for touting her delicious cakes around her work colleagues to raise money for us last week.Thanks too to Rebekah and Neil Dolby who nominated us as the beneficiary of their recent Supper Club, held for Cordon Turquoise in Guilden... Read on

Timisoara Training Update

Posted in Projects on 29th June 2010

Last weekend Advisory Panel member and music therapist Julia Serebriakov, supported by Music as Therapy International's Administrator Cleo Jordan, delivered two days of training in Timisoara for staff working with visually impaired clients. The training was hosted... Read on

Interactive Music-Making Course in Greenwich

Posted in Projects on 23rd June 2010

We are delighted to have the involvement of Music as Therapy International Advisory Panel Members Emma Penketh and Emily Cawdron, and Judith Nockolds, Nicky O'Neill and Linda Mitchell from the Greenwich Community Health Services Music Therapy Department developing... Read on

Training in Timisoara

Posted in Projects on 28th May 2010

Music as Therapy International are pleased to be able to deliver a two day training to staff at the Art Therapy centre in Timisoara in June 2010. This training will focus on using music with visually impaired clients. The Art Therapy Centre were recipients of... Read on

Training of Trainers 2010

Posted in Projects on 27th May 2010

Music as Therapy International are delighted to announce a new training initiative that will take place in Romania to support local staff train others in how to use music in a therapeutic context. Many of our Local Partners have been developing their music programme... Read on

Bethlehem Follow-up Visit

Posted in Projects on 10th May 2010

Music Therapist Liz Coombes and Assistant Hannah McCabe have returned to the SOS Village in Bethlehem to deliver a week one Follow-up Visit. The visit will support Local Partners in Bethlehem to develop the music programme after receiving their initial 6 -week... Read on

Masters in Music Therapy, Brasov

Posted in Projects on 10th May 2010

Well, I'm sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Brasov after two days spent teaching students on the new Masters in Music Therapy Course, run by the University of Transylvania. It has been fascinating to meet the students and explore their motivation for learning... Read on

Recruitment for Project Rwanda now closed

Posted in Recruitment on 6th May 2010

The deadline for Project Rwanda has now passed, and Music as Therapy International is not currently recruiting for any volunteers. If you are interested in being on our mailing list for future volunteering opportunities please email janerobbie@musicastherapy.org... Read on

UK Developments

Posted in Projects on 16th March 2010

The Interactive Music-Making Course, which has been developed in partnership with Greenwich Community Health Services (formerly Greenwich Teaching Primary Care Trust) was successful in its application for credit rating from the University of Greenwich, last week... Read on

Recruiting for Rwanda 2010

Posted in Recruitment on 16th March 2010

We are excited to announce that we will be looking for volunteers - a Music Therapist and someone interested in a career in music therapy, who will be appointed as their 'assistant' - to help deliver a project in Rwanda for six weeks, from mid August 2010. Click... Read on

New Partnership

Posted in Projects on 20th January 2010

We are delighted to announce a new partnership for 2010: Over the past three years we have been following with admiration the work of Music Therapist Helen Leith in Rwanda. This year we have the opportunity to work with her in the Cyangugu district of Rwanda,... Read on

Thank you Amazon Shoppers!

Posted in Fundraising Events on 11th January 2010

Wow! A huge number of people have used our site to start their Amazon shopping, which has raised us nearly £300 this Christmas. Thank you so much. Particular thanks should go to whoever the generous souls are who bought their nearest and dearest (or maybe themselves... Read on

Final News from Bethlehem

Posted in Blog on 2nd January 2010

Liz At last we are filing our final blog, not from Bethlehem, but from the comfort of our own homes.The last few days in Palestine were very busy. We made up as many of the sessions we had missed due to the religious holiday as possible, finished off the Booklet... Read on

News from Romania

Posted in Projects on 21st December 2009

I spotted today an article on the BBC News website by Chris Rogers - a reporter with a longstanding association with Romania and, in particular, Romanian orphans. What intererested me in what he had written was his observations of the transformation that has taken... Read on

News from Bethlehem 11

Posted in Blog on 16th December 2009

Hannah and Liz will post their final blog soon. Here is a photo of the gift we were each given by the SOS Village and School - an angel playing a harp carved out of local olive wood. This one is photographed in my kitchen on a piece of Palestinian embroidery made... Read on

Strategy and Plan

Posted in Projects on 8th December 2009

As mentioned in an earlier posting, our Advisory Panel meets annually to reflect on recent activities, review the ever-changing contexts of our work and to use a clinical focus to help steer our future direction. We now have a date set for our next meeting: Saturday... Read on

Project Bethlehem

Posted in Projects on 7th December 2009

The six-week skill-sharing project in Bethlehem has now ended and Liz Coombes and Hannah McCabe have returned safely to the UK. We can't thank them enough for the enormous investment they've made in the children of the SOS Village and School. The next stage of... Read on

News from Bethlehem 10

Posted in Blog on 3rd December 2009

Hannah: Our last few days are proving to be extremely busy as we continue to deliver sessions at the SOS School and in the Village. By now however, many of our trainees are able to lead the sessions by themselves which is great for us to see and reassures our... Read on

News from Bethlehem 9

Posted in Blog on 27th November 2009

This week has been very busy indeed. It is a Muslim holiday here at the moment, so the schools are closed until Tuesday next week. To compensate for missed days, we have made up some sessions over the past few days, and will be trying to ensure everything is tied... Read on

News from Bethlehem 8

Posted in Blog on 22nd November 2009

Hannah: Yesterday we celebrated the 60th birthday of the SOS organization and we had a great day! The children all went away for a picnic with the SOS school whilst at the village we gathered with the mothers, the aunts, all the people who work for SOS Bethlehem... Read on

News from Bethlehem 7

Posted in Blog on 19th November 2009

The weather is now well and truly British! The clear skies at night mean that it is quite chilly here now, and Hannah is feeling the lack of enough warm clothes! Fortunately, I bought a lovely warm shawl in Jerusalem and a couple of scarves, so may be able to... Read on

News from Bethlehem 6

Posted in Blog on 16th November 2009

Hannah: After a superb midway break in Jerusalem we are back at the SOS Village and eager to continue the project. Jerusalem is fantastic; we spent most our time in the old town which combines hundreds of market stalls with some of the most interesting and beautiful... Read on

Photos from Bethlehem

Posted in Blog on 16th November 2009

Paul, Liz, Claire and HannahLiz in a session at SOS schoolHannah plays clarinet in her free time at the Village.Here are - Bethlehem Sweets! Read on

News from Bethlehem 5

Posted in Blog on 14th November 2009

I cannot believe this last week has gone so quickly and we are almost half way through the project! We have had a great week of sessions at the village and in the school which Liz will go into further detail at the end of this blog! Having walked home from School... Read on

News from Bethlehem 4

Posted in Blog on 8th November 2009

It’s 8th November, a warm Sunday evening, and we’ve now completed the first week of Music as Therapy sessions. We’re very pleased with the way things are going, and are beginning to be able to use the individual styles of the trainees to inform the activities... Read on

News from Bethlehem 3

Posted in Blog on 5th November 2009

Every day in Bethlehem brings some fantastic new experiences. Our timetables are sorted for the Music as Therapy training sessions and we are thrilled with the SOS staff that we will be working with. It fills us with confidence to be working with such enthusiastic... Read on

News from Bethlehem 2

Posted in Blog on 1st November 2009

BLOG 2Hannah and I have now had the chance to really settle in here in the Village, and feel part of the family.Unfortunately the meetings we set up to sort out the sessions and training have had to be changed for various reasons, so we now have 2 meetings tomorrow... Read on

News from Bethlehem 1

Posted in Blog on 1st November 2009

Liz and I arrived in Tel Aviv on Saturday 24th October and have been in Bethlehem now for four days. In some ways it does feel like we have been here for much longer however, in others I think it is only just sinking in. We have experienced a wealth of new things... Read on

Project Bethlehem

Posted in Projects on 29th October 2009

Project Bethlehem has began!Music Therapist, Liz Coombes and her 'Assistant, musician Hannah McCabe travelled to Bethlehem on the 24th October to deliver a six week skill-sharing project for staff and children at the SOS Children's Village and School. They were... Read on

Project Bethlehem

Posted in Projects on 14th October 2009

The Briefing Day went really well. Liz and Hannah now have all the details of the Project and are completely up to date. They are both very excited, if not a little nervous about their forthcoming adventure. We, on the other hand are completely confident that... Read on

Current Fundraising Events

Posted in Fundraising Events on 1st October 2009

We don't have any more fundraising events planned for this year, but if you would like to be on the mailing list for future events or would like to speak to Music as Therapy International about organising your own event, please send an email to cleojordan@musicastherapy... Read on

Recruitment

Posted in Recruitment on 1st October 2009

The recruitment process for Project Bethlehem 2009 is now over, and Music as Therapy International is not currently recruiting for any more projects this year. To be informed of any recruitment opportunities and to subscribe to our mailing list please send and... Read on

Strategy and Plan

Posted in Projects on 20th September 2009

Our Trustees meet on a quarterly basis. We use the time to discuss projects in the pipeline and plans for the future, always alongside a review of our financial position and an evaluation of our fundraising. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 6th January... Read on

Project Bethlehem

Posted in Projects on 20th September 2009

The MasT International team are looking forward to the Briefing Day on Saturday 26th September when the volunteers and all Project Partners will be really looking at the preparation for the project in detail. This is when it starts to feel real! Read on

Project Bethlehem Blog

Posted in Blog on 11th August 2009

Project Bethlehem's team, Claire Tillotson, Liz Coombes, and Hannah McCabe will be keeping a blog throughout this exciting project which begins at the end of October. Check back here for regular updates on their progress! Read on

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