Music therapy service hits the high notes

Advancing healthcare awards 2012 - music therapy service
Alexia Quin, Fergus Walsh and Sarah Hadley far right

Oxleas Music Therapy Service has been named as a runner up in the prestigious national 2012 Advancing Healthcare awards.

Special music therapist Alexia Quin and Professional Manager for Music Therapy, Sarah Hadley, picked up their awards on behalf of the whole team in the Achieving Excellence In Learning and Development category at a special lunch at the Radission Blu Portman Square Hotel in central London.

The awards were presented by BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh. The team, which is based at Wensley Close in Eltham, believes it is possible to skill non musicians to use music in ways that support early development. The aim is to reach under fives who are at risk of not achieving their full potential.

It is university accredited and open to early years practitioners who do not necessarily have to have musical skills. The idea is to equip them with the musical instruments and techniques to facilitate creative play.

Music therapy is based on the understanding that all of us are able to respond to music, irrespective of musical ability. It involves the use of sound, rhythm and improvised music in order to form a musical relationship between the client and therapist.

In this relationship, the child or young person can respond, gain confidence and develop a sense of self. Change can take place and the individual’s strengths and needs can be explored in a safe and creative environment. Music therapy sessions also offer a child or young person a different experience of shared play, interaction, learning and understanding, through verbal and non-verbal modes of communication.

Sarah Hadley said: “The day gave us all a real boost. I have been a music therapist for 26 years now and when I started we had no clinical grading. We are now recognised within Greenwich and neighbouring boroughs as a mainstream form of treatment.”

Published on 19th April 2012