The British Journal of Music Therapy

Published twice a year, the British Journal of Music Therapy is a peer-reviewed journal for music therapists and other professionals interested in all aspects of music therapy.

The BJMT publishes original articles or essays that have direct relevance to the field of music therapy. The Editors will consider full-length articles for publication but also shorter less formal contributions such as essays, case studies and responses to articles. Prospective contributors are always welcome to contact the Editorial Team in order to discuss their ideas.

We also welcome reviews of published material (1,500-3,500 words) such as books, CDs and videos. Prospective book reviewers should contact the Editorial Team describing their areas of expertise and interest.

The back inside cover of the journal contains details for authors considering submitting an article. These are also included on this webpage as a PDF. Authors may also contact the Editors directly at


Editors of British Journal of Music Therapy

Tessa Watson
Tessa Watson is a music therapist and music therapy trainer with over 20 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She qualified from Roehampton in 1990, and is currently course Convenor of the MA in Music Therapy at University of Roehampton. Tessa’s clinical experience has been varied, including work with the elderly, in forensic mental health, and with young people and adults with learning disabilities. Her current clinical work is with adults with learning disabilities in a joint health and social services community team, where she manages a team of arts therapists and works closely with other professionals. Tessa is also an HCPC partner, and one of the Editors of the British Journal of Music Therapy.

As well as her interests in research Tessa has contributed to the development of the profession through her work with the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT); currently she is a member of the Training and Education Committee and is International Representative for BAMT. Tessa worked on the committee of the APMT for many years and was an inaugural member of the CPD committee. For many years she led the learning disability network. Tessa enjoys writing and speaking about her work and has spoken at conferences internationally and in the UK.

The International Officer represents BAMT and the profession in the UK to the international music therapy community. The role includes responding to enquiries and correspondence from music therapists and music therapy students from around the world and involves linking closely with the European Music Therapy Council (EMTC). The responsibilities include attending the annual General Assembly of EMTC, sharing information between BAMT and EMTC, providing a report for the General Assembly and reporting to BAMT trustees. When there is an issue which requires a vote, the International Officer will liaise with the trustees and vote on behalf of BAMT.

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.

Dr Alison Barrington

Alison Barrington qualified from Roehampton in 1991 and has worked in a number of different clinical settings including schools and day centres with young people and adults with learning disabilities and in palliative care settings with patients and their families coping with end of life and bereavement issues.

Alison was a senior lecturer on the MA Music Therapy course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 2005-2015. She has also been an external examiner for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre and Anglia Ruskin University and she has examined PhD work from Anglia Ruskin University and Queen Mary University of London.

Alison’s research interests have focused on the development of the profession in the UK. Her PhD, entitled ‘Music Therapy: A Study in Professionalisation’ was completed in 2005. She has given guest lectures and workshop presentations in the UK and the USA and published articles throughout her career.

She has been an editor for the BJMT since 2014. She currently lives in Chicago where she is primarily working with pre-school children.