Dr Philippa Derrington
After qualifying from Anglia Ruskin University, Philippa worked as a music therapist in a variety of settings with adults and children. She established a full-time music therapy post in a secondary school and carried out a research investigation into the effectiveness of music therapy for young people at risk of underachievement, marginalisation or exclusion.
Philippa currently leads the MSc Music Therapy programme at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She also continues to practise as a music therapist with young people who have complex emotional difficulties, an area of work which continues to be her research focus. She is passionate about working with young people and making music therapy accessible. She co-edited ‘Music Therapy in Schools’ (JKP, 2012) and ‘The Handbook of Music, Adolescents and Wellbeing’ (OUP, 2019). She is a founder member of the international research network for music therapy with adolescents, and international child and welfare music therapy group.
As well as an editor of the British Journal of Music Therapy, she sits on the advisory board of Approaches, an interdisciplinary journal of music therapy and is a Trustee of the Scottish Music Therapy Trust.