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Music therapy for children with complex learning disabilities


26/02/2019 09:30






This course has been postponed, if you would be interested in attending the new date please email to register interest

About this event

Nordoff and Robbins founded their music therapy approach on the work that they carried out in the 1960s with children who had profound and complex needs.  Although music therapy has significantly extended and developed, this client group remains one of the largest accessing music therapy input today.

This workshop will include an introduction to music therapy and offer participants some practical skills in relation to using music with children who have more profound and complex needs.

Key learning:

  • A theoretical understanding of music therapy
  • Why music? - the significance & impact of music for children with profound and complex needs
  • Practical skills and confidence to use music as a medium to encourage self-expression and increased participation.

Facilitator bio

Mary Veal originally trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. She then worked as a music teacher for the next 10 years, initially in mainstream secondary and latterly within special education. She retrained as a music therapist, completing the first year of the Nordoff-Robbins postgraduate training at Edinburgh University in 2003. Following her training, she returned to Dundee to set up and develop the music therapy service set with Dundee City Council's education department.

In 2006, Mary joined the staff at Nordoff Robbins Music Scotland as Head of Region for the Scotland base. In 2009, she moved back to the East to set up the charity's Tayside base. Her clinical experience is wide-ranging, including work with both children and adults with a range of learning difficulties, communication disorders, and social and emotional behavioural difficulties and mental health problems. Outside her clinical work, she is active musically through conducting, directing and performing.

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