Well, bread

When you make bread, there's a lot of kneading and proving before you get to bake it, never mind eat it . . . I've been practising recently, when you have the right ingredients, and spend enough time, the results are quite tasty: This week I became eligible to work as a music therapist -… Continue reading Well, bread


Onwards and upwards!?

So I've finally passed MSc music therapy - after a couple of years study, and a couple of years planning before that. It's been a lot of work, it's changed my way of thinking (and making music), and it's developed me personally too... The qualification is just the start of the next part of this… Continue reading Onwards and upwards!?

Music therapy, what’s that?

(Back to Blog after summer break - none for months, then two posts in a day!) As I begin second year of university training in music therapy, I often find myself explaining the subject to people I meet - it still seems to be a little-known field... here are snippets from conversations: it's like using music as a tool… Continue reading Music therapy, what’s that?


Conclusions changed for music therapy – Cochrane Review

Having heard about Cochrane reviews, and knowing how respected they are, I was intrigued to see a Cochrane Review tagged "Conclusions changed" and entitled Music interventions for improving psychological and physical outcomes in cancer patients. With the growing body of research, it appears music therapy is now recommended for inclusion in cancer care, compared to a few years… Continue reading Conclusions changed for music therapy – Cochrane Review


Playin’ in the band…

A few months ago I read this book "Playin' in the Band" (Kenneth Aigen), with accompanying DVD, it's a detailed case-study from the 90's featuring Lloyd and his music with two music therapists at Nordoff-Robbins New York.  In the DVD excerpts from sessions spanning several years you can see relationships develop between Lloyd and the music therapists as they play a range of rock,… Continue reading Playin’ in the band…


Music therapy in context – book recommendation

Here's a great book I've been reading recently, particularly the last three chapters about Winnicott, psychodynamic meaning and why people choose to become a therapist. Mercedes Pavlicevic writes with clarity and passion, bringing the subject to life with fresh thinking and real-life examples. Here's a couple of excerpts to whet your appetite... In music therapy,… Continue reading Music therapy in context – book recommendation


TIME-A: trial of music therapy with autism

Exciting times, right now there's a global randomised controlled trial of music therapy with children on the autism spectrum - known as TIME-A (Trial of Improvisational Music therapy's Effectiveness for children with Autism) More than 360 children aged 4-7 are involved already, and the first results will be available in mid-2016 - the largest research of… Continue reading TIME-A: trial of music therapy with autism