Music Therapy

Music in Mind

Manchester Camerata

Music in Mind is a creative music therapy initiative run by Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras. The aims of the project are to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, improve communication and relationships and improve care practice through music-making.

Music Therapy Assessment for Advanced Huntington`s Disease ( MATA HD )Study and further music therapy clinical work

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Aims & Objectives

To provide an assessment tool for this specific client population which would be useful for music therapy clinicians and could be adapted for use by other allied health professionals. It was also deemed useful in terms of monitoring patient responses in order to clinically feedback to the wider therapy team.
Contact Details Rosanne Tyas Royal Hospital for Neuro-disabilty (RHN)

Funding Sources

The multi-disciplinary music group in neuro-rehabilitation: addressing therapy goals in a creative setting

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Aims & Objectives Within this multi-faceted group, the aims of the group are:

  • To encourage use of upper and lower limbs with musical instruments and sensory aids.
  • To encourage choice making, verbalisation, attention and focus and social interaction.

Contact Details

Rosanne Tyas Royal Hospital for Neuro-disabilty (RHN)

Funding Sources

Partly funded by the RHN Charity and NHS funding via some AHP therapists.

Intervention Timescale

Music Therapy and Dementia

Music Therapy and Dementia
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The study took place over five months, with nine residents and seven care staff in the intervention group. The residents received a 1:1 active music therapy session once a week.  Each 30-minute session was conducted by an experienced, qualified, HCPC registered MHA music therapist and was video-recorded.

Music in Stroke services

Air Arts Royal Derby Hospital

An 18 month project from March 2015 set up by Air Arts to embed music listening, music participation and music therapy approaches into Stroke Services at the Royal Derby Hospital.  

The project had two main aims:
• To improve patient experience, wellbeing and recovery through use of music through a variety of delivery methods.  
• To train staff to incorporate elements of music listening, therapy and participation into their daily therapy sessions with patients.

Our objectives were:

Community Music Activity Access for the Autism Service (Northgate Hospital)

Community Music Activity Access for the Autism Service

Cindy-Jo Morison
Principal Music Therapist
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered – AS07985

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Arts Therapies Team (Psychological Services)
Day Unit
Northgate Hospital
NE61 3BP

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Youth Music Project

Gamelan Youth Music Project

“It was great watching the young people support each other in sessions and be able to offer them the opportunity of accessing a community music setting”
Cindy-Jo Morison, Music Therapist

“The project has allowed Young People to have a voice through music, to make choices and decisions where these may not be available during normal courses of life”
Activities Staff, Ferndene

“I am feeling more relaxed singing in a big group because of this group”
 Young Person Aged 13

“It did help make me feel better in myself thank you”
Young Female Aged 17

International Index of Music Therapy Organisations

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The International Index of Music Therapy Organisations (IIMTO) is an online, open source mailing directory of music therapy organisations, such as associations and training institutions. Following the success of its first edition (2012), this second edition lists a total of 514 organisations from 59 countries across the world. Usage guidelines, as well as background and supplementary information (such as links to other indexes and directories), can be found in IIMTO.

A Guide to Research Ethics for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners

Nordoff Robbins

This practical guide aims to inspire ethically-aware practitioners to become ethically-aware researchers, evaluators and participants. Conducting a research project, whatever the setting, requires not only knowledge of research methods but also an in-depth understanding of research ethics. Embedded in 'real life' experiences of research ethics applications, this guide navigates the reader through research ethics procedures, drawing from legislation and a range of research ethics committee regulations.

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