Introduction to Music Therapy Weekend

Introduction to Music Therapy Weekend

2 Days



Course Delivery

On Campus


 Places are awarded on a "first paid first serve" basis due to demand


19/11/2022 - 20/11/2022


Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, London SW15 4JD

Course Details


During the course, the programme tutor will introduce the theory and practice of music therapy. There will also be practical improvisation sessions, the nature of which will be discussed and agreed by the group. Group dynamics and personal issues may be explored and discussed as appropriate to the needs of the participants. 

The programme does not set out to impart particular skills and attendance does not imply a qualification to practice. It is hoped that those who attend will gain a thorough introduction to the work of the music therapist, and to the benefits that music therapy can bring to a variety of adult and children with special needs and disabilities. Those who attend may also find the course a useful preparation to making an application for the MA in Music Therapy. 

Intended Audience

This weekend will be useful for anyone wishing to find out more about music therapy. It details how music therapists work in a variety of different settings. It will be beneficial to those wishing to satisfy curiosity, and also enable those who may wish to consider training as a music therapist to reflect on their motivations and skills. 

Participants will be expected to engage in small group discussions and there are several practical sessions during the weekend where participants will be encouraged to explore and play a wide range of percussion instruments. Comfortable clothing should be worn and participants can bring their own instruments if they wish. 


This weekend will provide an introduction to music therapy, specifically the approach taught on the post graduate MA course at  the University of Roehampton. It is very useful for anyone wishing to undertake a career in music therapy and for those who would like to find out more about what is actually involved in practice. A certificate of attendance will be available at the end of the weekend. 

Suggested Reading

Darnley-Smith, R. and Patey, H (2004) Music Therapy, London: Sage Publications.

Bunt, L. and Hoskyns, S. (Eds) (2002) The Handbook of Music Therapy, London: Routledge (NB a new edition of this book is planned for 2018)

Pavlicevic, M (1999) Music Therapy: Intimate Notes, London: JKP

Edwards, J. (2016) Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy, Oxford: OUP

Levinge, A. (2015) The Music of Being. Music Therapy, Winnicott and the School of Object Relations, London: JKP

Oldfield, A, Tomlinson, J and Loombe, D (Eds) (2015) Flute, Accordion or Clarinet? Using the characteristics of our instruments in Music Therapy, London: JKP

Sobey, K. and Woodcock, J (1999) ‘Psychodynamic Music Therapy. Considerations in Training, in Cattanach, A. (Ed) Process in the Arts Therapies, London; Jessica Kingsley Publisher


On Campus Teaching

Date : 19/11/2022 - 20/11/2022

Time: 10am - 4.30pm