Music Therapy

HCPC Registered, MA Music Therapy-UWE Bristol

Carl is the first blind person in the England to have achieved a Masters Degree in Music Therapy (read University of the West of England article) and has a high level of musicianship and skill. As a therapist he is music centred, psychodynamically informed and community oriented in his approach.

Carl is currently working within numerous homes with clients who have learning difficulties and who are non verbal. Depending on the service users situation the session could include musical improvisation, relaxation, improvised songs, sensory stories, singing and playing percussion instruments.. This helps to bring about positive changes as well as improved communication through the engagement of musical interaction.

He is also running session with different groups of clients who have dementia.  As part of this work he runs workshops called Music and Memories.  These provide the residents with an interactive musical occasion.  During the session Carl plays songs from the residents’ era and they are invited to sing along and play percussion instruments.  Between the songs they are given the chance to share any memories which might relate to the music and events of that era. This can provide a welcome change to the residents’ routine but also help bring back some forgotten memories.  These sessions concentrate more on the individual and aim to give the residents an opportunity to express themselves.

Furthermore, he has previously worked clients who have cerebral palsy, autism, William syndrome, and Down syndrome. Carl is available for consultation.

Carl is a member of the British Association for Music therapy and HCPC registered.

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What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a psychological therapy which uses the unique qualities of music as a means of interaction between therapist and clients. Instruments and voices are used to enable people to communicate in their own musical language whatever the ability.

Music therapists work in a wide range of different disciplinary areas such as hospitals, schools, prisons, day centres, care homes, and private practices. The work of music therapists has a decisive impact on the lives of hundreds of people. Music therapy has the potential to play a vital role in sustaining the health and wellbeing of a society into the future.

Who can it help?

Music therapists work with people with dementia improving self-esteem, with vulnerable children supporting them maximising their opportunities, and with adults and children through the means of song writing to express emotions. These are just a few of the areas where music therapy can help. It can also help develop positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication through the engagement of musical interaction between client and therapist, and facilitate communication skills. Using live musical interaction and improvisation enables clients to create their own unique musical language in which they are able to explore and connect with the world and express their emotions.

The following three videos feature sessions with three of the adult clients I have worked with.  Two have Williams Syndrome and the third in partially sighted, has severe hearing problems and developmental delay. Clients with WS have a mild to moderate intellectual ability with particular problems relating to visual special tasks such as drawing.   Those affected often have an outgoing personality and interact readily with strangers.  This can be a really useful skill in some settings, it can also make people with William Syndrome vulnerable.

Example of one to one music therapy session.  Musical improvisation followed by improvised song, composed by Tina, a client who has William’s syndrome.

Example of one to one music therapy session. Musical improvisation followed by an improvised song with Maude who has Williams Syndrome.

Example of group music therapy session.  Musical improvisation followed by a goodbye song with Maude who has William Syndrome and Michael who has learning difficulties.

Sessions

Sessions can be run either on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. For more information or to talk over your requirements please get in touch.

Carl in also happy to come and give case study presentations relating to his work.