Introduction to Music Therapy (March 2019)

This introductory day to Music Therapy 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.

Presented by Mary-Clare Fearn

Intended Audience

The day 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.


The workshop 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 day.

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.

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 30/3/2019
Time 9:30 - 16:30
Duration Saturday, 10.00 - 16.30
Price £149.00
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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