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Although most of our work takes place overseas, we do have some projects here in the UK.

Why are we working in the UK? 

Although there is an established music therapy profession in the UK, there are still locations where there aren’t enough music therapists to reach everyone in need.  There is also a drive to look at how wider care for children and adults can be improved, drawing on creative therapeutic principles.  Our experience doing just this in other countries has a part to play here now.


This year's CPD Day, Daring to Innovate, will take place in London on Saturday 10th May 2014. A range of presentations will frame discussions about how demands of commissioning, clinical practice and service development increasingly require music therapists to be innovators and can pull us out of our ‘comfort zones’.  

It is an opportunity for therapists working in all contexts to hear how our presenters have dared to innovate within schools, music therapy training, the NHS and beyond.  Their starting point has been overseas work with Music as Therapy International, but the ways in which this has influenced on their practice here in the UK varies.  Participants will be invited to use the presentations detailed below as a starting point for discussions about areas of innovative practice that they are considering, actively developing or even questioning. Click here for more information and an application form.



Interactive Music-Making:  Working with the Under 5s.  We co-ordinate and run a University credit-rated learning programme for Early Years Practitioners who want to look at ways to make music-making a more integral part of all children's early development opportunities and to promote skills associated with developing social communication. This innovative course grew from the work of Music Therapist Sarah Hadley, Professional Lead Music Therapy Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and continues to be a joint initiative with Oxleas Music Therapy Service.  

"Interactive Music-Making gave me the confidence to use music and musical instruments to support children's learning and development, but also gave me a set of tools that are transferable in day to day practice.”  Mirela Siminceanu, Brookhill Children’s Centre

We are excited that our Interactive Music-Making course has twice been shortlisted for Advancing Healthcare Awards and we are currently preparing to make the course available to people who work with pre-school children beyond the M25 in September 2014, in partnership with Chiltern Music Therapy. 



“I had no idea how musical instruments were going to help improve my son's balance, co-ordination and motor skills, let alone his speech and social skills. The paediatrician said how sociable he is for an autistic child, something I would never have expected her to say before he started Interactive Music-Making.” (Parent)

To find out more about Interactive Music-Making and where it is available, please visit the Interactive Music-Making website. We are currently recruiting students to our next course which starts in London and the Chilterns in September 2014.






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