Introduction to Music Therapy Weekend (November 2020)

This 2 day course is run by two tutors who have a wide and varied experience in working with a wide range of client groups.Tessa Watson is the course convenor for the MA training at Roehampton and will speak about the training course. This weekend course allows tutors to explore more theoretical detail, with the opportunity to see more clinical extracts and experience more music-based activities, and includes a combination of case presentations, presentation of relevant theory, and practical sessions. Many audio and visual examples will be shown of actual session material. This promotes honest and interesting discussion about the role of the music therapist, and enables participants to explore their feelings about the work.

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. 

Presented by

Mary-Clare Fearn is an experienced Music Therapist who has a broad range of experience working predominantly with children in the NHS and education. She has for many years been involved in training at introductory and MA level, and following her relocation to Dorset, continues to provide training for the University of Roehampton.

Since qualifying as a Music Therapist from Roehampton in 1990, Mary-Clare has gained extensive experience of working with adults and children who have a wide range of learning, emotional and physical disabilities. She enjoys working with students and has run introduction to music therapy courses and training days for a number of different organisations.

She is a registered supervisor with the British Association of Music Therapists and part of her practice is supervising other music therapists. She is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

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. 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’s research interests are diverse and include clinical work with adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities, the experience of women in secure psychiatric settings, multi-disciplinary work and the development of theories of learning and teaching in the training of music therapists.

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 co-ordinator of the Learning Disability Network, member of the Training and Education Committee, on the Editorial Board for the Journal of British Music Therapy and the International Representative for BAMT. Tessa enjoys writing and speaking about her work and has spoken at conferences internationally and in the UK. Tessa is also an HCPC partner, working on the CPD scheme.

Some notable publications are Watson, T. (in press) ‘The World is Alive! Music Therapy with Adults with Learning Disabilities’ in the Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy, OUP, Twyford, K. and Watson, T (2008) Integrated Team Working: Music Therapy as Part of Transdisciplinary and Collaborative Approaches, London; Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Watson, T (2007) Music Therapy with Adults with Learning Disabilities, London; Routledge, and Jeffcote, N and Watson, T (2004) Working Therapeutically with Women in Secure Mental Health Settings, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Reading List

Relevant Reading Lists will be handed out at the end of each course, but below are four excellent books.
Davies, A. and Richards, E (Eds) (2002) Music Therapy and Groupwork. Sound Company, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd.
Darnley-Smith, Rachel and Patey, Helen (2003) Music Therapy, London: SAGE Publications Ltd
Watson, T (Ed) (2007) Music Therapy with Adults with Learning Disabilities, London: Routledge
Wigram, Tony, (2004) Improvisation: Methods and Techniques for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators, and Students, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd.

Location and booking information

Date 21/11/2020 - 22/11/2020
Time 10:00 - 17:15, 9.30 - 4.00
Duration Two Days. Saturday, 9.00 - 16.15 Sunday, 9.30 - 16.00
Fee £269
Payment Places are awarded on a first paid, first serve basis due to demand.
Venue Whitelands College, University of Roehampton
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Address Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, London SW15 4JD

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