Polly Bowler
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Polly Bowler, Trustee & Network Groups Liaison Officer

Polly Bowler gained her BMus (Hons) in Music from Trinity College of Music in 2005 where she studied ‘cello and saxophone. She completed her Masters in Music Therapy at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011 and became a trustee of the British Association for Music Therapy in 2015. Since qualifying she has completed further training in: 
  • Receptive Methods in music therapy
  • Self-care for the therapist
  • Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research with the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care (CLAHRC)
She has also qualified as a Quality Improvement Coach with the NIHR.

Polly spent 5 years working with people with dementia in the care home setting. She now works in adult learning disability and adult mental health NHS services as well as with adopted and looked-after children and young people with emotional & behavioural difficulties, learning and/or physical disabilities in school settings. Polly has presented at conferences and has lectured at Anglia Ruskin University and the Royal College of Music. She runs an introduction to Music Therapy course at Benslow Music Trust in Hertfordshire and will be returning to run the course again in July 2020. 

Outside of music therapy, Polly plays with the folk collective Tribe of Tinkers and plays regularly in the Bedfordshire Orchestral Society’s two orchestras. She co-runs wind chamber music residential weekends throughout the year as part of the family business.