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November 2011





The film will look at how Children In Need funding has helped the Nursery and will be presented by singer and TV presenter Olly Murs.

Olly Murs was X Factor runner up in 2010 and currently presents The Xtra Factor on ITV.

Part of the film will feature footage of the Music Therapy group that Iain Spink, BAMT member facilitates each week at the Nursery. Olly Murs also took part in the group. This program includes an interview with Iain Spink.

The session lasts thirty minutes and participation is offered to children at the Nursery plus parents and siblings attending during the “drop in” day.   The group offers the opportunity for children to interact and express themselves musically with others, including parents, carers and siblings. DON'T MISS IT!

The Music Therapy group aims to promote:

  • Shared attention and turn taking
  • Creativity and self expression
  • Vocalisation and communication
  • Body awareness and purposeful movement
  • Concentration and self esteem








Congratulations Sharon Warnes!

Congratulations go to Sharon Warnes who has won a 'Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Award 2011' in the Health Carer of the Year' Category.

She was nominated by a previous winner, the British Olympic Team Rower Debbie Flood, who was inspired by the results of Sharon’s work.

Debbie is the new patron of Headway Thames Valley and had visited Headway to see the work Sharon does there with adults with acquired brain-injury; she was particularly interested in how music, and singing, help people in therapeutic ways, improving memory and cognitive skills, improving communication and self-expression, enhancing self-esteem etc.

Debbie also attended a big publicity & awareness-raising concert that Headway held at the Kenton Theatre in Henley on June 24th this year, in which the Headway choir, conducted by Sharon performed a number of songs.

Sharon says:

"I am thrilled to have been nominated and amazed to have won, I also feel very strongly that this is an award for ALL music therapists because hopefully it will raise the profile of what we all do in our daily lives - most of it unseen, as by its very nature the confidential setting and therapeutic boundaries of sessions preclude 'public' viewing.  I was lucky - I had the opportunity to showcase Headway's choir in a public setting, thus bringing it (and some aspects of the music therapist's work) to the attention of a wider audience; the vast majority our work takes place behind closed doors.

I am hopeful that the publicity surrounding this event will help to raise the profile of music therapy locally and possibly nationally; I am particularly pleased that I was nominated for in the Health Carer category and NOT in the 'performer', 'teacher' or 'coach' categories, as this recognises and validates music therapy as a health-care intervention (as opposed to an 'entertainment').  It is an award from which I truly hope we can all benefit."





September 2011





Art Therapy and Dissociative Identity Disorder

This article, about the life of painter Kim Noble in The Guardian, highlights the use of the Arts Therapies in helping to support people with DID. Reported by Amanda Mitchison.

The Guardian

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Sound ideas that can pull all the right strings for patients

Music is not just good for the soul; for some conditions it could be just what the doctor ordered, Sheena Hastings reports.

Professor Christian Gold, who led the research, says: "Music therapy has specific qualities that allow people to express themselves and interact in a non-verbal way, even in situations when they can’t find the words to describe their inner experiences."

Yorkshire Post

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Music therapy 'aids cancer patients'

Listening to music may help cancer patients by reducing anxiety, alleviating pain and improving quality of life, a study has found.

Scientists analysed evidence from almost 2,000 patients taking part in 30 trials.

"The evidence suggests that music interventions may be useful as a complementary treatment to people with cancer," said lead researcher Dr Joke Bradt, from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Yorkshire Post

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NHS urged to pay for music therapy to cure depression

Making music using African percussion instruments has been proven to help people recover from depression by enabling them to express repressed emotions and communicate painful experiences.

Music therapy should be offered alongside conventional treatments, especially to people who struggle to talk about their thoughts and feelings, according to research published in today's British Journal of Psychiatry.

The Independent, Health News

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Music therapy 'helps treat' depression

Depression is usually treated with medication and psychiatric counselling. Previous studies have found that music therapy is a promising additional treatment for depression.

This was a well-designed trial that demonstrated the potential benefits of music therapy. However, it was a small trial with only 79 participants over a three-month treatment period. Longer, larger trials are required to confirm this finding and to determine the best length of treatment.

NHS Choices (Mental Health)

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Music therapy helps recovery from depression, says research

New research from Finland has found that music therapy could be successful in speeding up recovery from depression.

The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, involved 79 patients and found that combining music therapy with their standard treatment showed greater improvement after three months in comparison with the control group. After six months the results from the groups leveled out suggesting that the implementation of music therapy achieves the same results as standard treatment but in half the time.

Young Minds

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July 2011





Musical Messages - Week of Music Therapy hits the right note

Greenwich Music Therapy Service opened its doors to the public celebrate Britain's first national Music Therapy week. The service, run by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, invited parents and professionals from across the borough to their big day earlier this month.

The service has been running for 35 years and was one of the first of its kind in the country, providing an alternative form of communication for a wide range of young people who may otherwise have been emotionally isolated.

Greenwich Times

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Hospice care and music therapy

A moving account of Suzanne De Chillo's photo essay about hospice care and music therapy in the New York Times covered by Kerri MacDonald.

New York Times

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/music-in-the-face-of-death/?src=tp