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

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.

Donald Wetherick

Donald Wetherick is a music therapist, trainer and researcher. He studied music at Edinburgh and Cambridge universities and music therapy at the Nordoff Robbins Centre in London. He currently works for the NHS and is Deputy Head of Music Therapy at the Guildhall School. His music therapy experience includes work with children, adults with learning disabilities and people affected by HIV/AIDS and he currently works in adult mental health. From 2012-2015 he was Chair of the British Association for Music Therapy. He is also a co-editor of the British Journal of Music Therapy.

Stuart Wood

Stuart is an Independent Scholar.

His research interests include participatory and arts-based methodologies, decolonisation, andmusical communication in dementia care.

Becky Dowson

Becky Dowson is a music therapist and researcher. She gained her MA in Music Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University in 2012 and her PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2020.

She worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham for five years, most recently as co-Principal Investigator for the PRESIDE study, a randomised controlled feasibility study of community singing groups for people with dementia and their carers. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University.

She has a range of clinical experience including working with children and adults with learning disabilities, and a particular interest in dementia care. She currently works for Chiltern Music Therapy, where she holds clinical and operational roles.