Music Therapy Service Greenwich

Music therapy is based on the understanding that all human beings are able to respond to music, irrespective of musical ability.

Music therapy involves the use of sound, rhythm and improvised music in order to form a musical relationship between the client and therapist. Within this relationship, the child or young adult can respond, gain confidence and a sense of self. Change can take place and the individual’s areas of strengths and needs can be explored within 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.

Who is the service for?

Children and young people will often experience emotional challenges at different stages of their lives. Illness, communication difficulties or disability may all be contributing factors. Traumatic experiences, change and loss can also impact on an individual’s wellbeing.

Your child can receive support from the Music Therapy Service if they are under the age of 19 years, have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and are registered with a GP in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  Referrals to Music Therapy can be made through your child's Consultant Community Paediatrician.

Music Therapy Videos

Visit our Music Therapies playlist on Vimeo - to view short films of some of our activities for parents and children to be able to explore at home. 

You can also view our videos for young people with Special Educational Needs on our Vimeo channel.

Music Therapy Podcast

In this short podcast, Oxleas music therapists describe ways they have been working with service users during lockdown. Music therapy normally relies on close musical interactions in the moment, in real time, face-to-face. How have clinicians been adapting what they do in order to continue to provide for the communities they serve?

Seven members of the team spoke to their music therapist colleague, Luke Annesley, about their imaginative and creative responses to this challenging situation, including some acknowledgement of what hasn’t been possible. At the end you can also hear a ‘musical reflection’, showing how they have musically connected with each other remotely, through multi-tracked improvisation.

Podcast July 2020

Oxleas Patient Experience survey

The Oxleas Patient Experience survey gives you the opportunity to feedback on the care and treatment you have received. We also encourage your friends, family and carers to also provide feedback. Hearing your views gives us a better understanding of the needs of our patients, families and carers which helps us to make sure that we are providing a good standard of care. 

The short survey only takes a few minutes to complete and you can provide a written comment explaining what you think is working well and what is not. The Patient Experience team will collect the results of the surveys and these are shared with the relevant departments and management teams. This helps us to shape our services to continually improve the quality of the care and treatment we provide.


  • Community health services (children)

Services provided

  • Arts and culture
  • Music therapy

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Highpoint House
Shooters Hill

SE18 3RZ

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Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5pm
Please call our Single Point of Access (SPA) team on 020 8836 8621

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020 8319 3336

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do you know of any music therapy that would help my adult daughter. she has had a learning disability since birth, 3 years ago she has a brain haemorrhage which took away her mobility. however, she has always loved music, and I feel that some sort of music therapy she would enjoy. she is 53 yrs old. private would possibly be suitable.