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BACKGROUND

We have twenty years’ proven experience in developing and delivering our introductory music therapy training projects in a number of different countries and five years proven experience applying our approach here in the United Kingdom.  It is here in the UK where we wish to increase our reach now, working towards a 50:50 split between our overseas projects and our UK activities over the next 5 years.  Specifically we will develop projects which train care staff working in three focus areas:

  • Young Children under 5 years - using a tried-and-tested form of early intervention with children who are struggling.  It helps with the prompt identification of difficulties and provides creative activities to help children when they are most in need.

  • Adults with learning disabilities in long-term residential care – providing care staff with new tools to p  rovide person-centred care, helping them engage with the people they work with to promote their independence and decision-making.

  • People living with dementia - sharing key principles of music therapy with carers so they can use music and musical interaction to recognise each person’s individuality, deepen relationships, provide mutually meaningful interaction, and support in times of agitation and distress.  

Our training strengthens wider care practice, giving people who are in contact with vulnerable people on a daily basis some new tools to develop relationships, to meet low level emotional needs to prevent their escalation, and to recognise more complex needs

ACTIVITIES (to date)

Interactive Music Making (IMM)
For the last 5 years we have been working alongside the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust to co-ordinate and run a University credit-rated learning programme for Early Years Practitioners. The course aims 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 work has been well-received by the international music therapy profession, and is currently being written up for publication.  It has also been recognised by the judging panel of the Advancing Healthcare Awards, for which it was shortlisted in 2012 and 2013. Interactive Music-Making was also acknowledged within the UCL Institute for Health Equity’s report Working for Health Equity: The Role of Health Professionals.

 To find out more about Interactive Music-Making, how to train and where it is available, please visit the Interactive Music-Making website.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES (for 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 Learning Disabilities and People living with Dementia. They will be doing so in care settings that are known to them in various locations across the UK. One project has already been delivered in Sheffied, click here to read more or watch the video below to hear from Emma and Lucy about their experience of the traingin and how it has impacted them and the people they work with: