In this episode, I’m talking with Dr Simon Procter who is Director of Music Services (Education, Research and Public Affairs) for Nordoff Robbins, the national music therapy charity.
You may know Nordoff Robbins because of famous supporters like Nile Rodgers, Sting, Ricky from Kaiser Chiefs (and The Voice), and many others, as well as fundraising events given by people like the Premiere Football League and the Music Industry Trusts Awards.
You can listen now below, or on Spotify (search for the name) and iTunes. The transcript will be available shortly.
About the Music for education & wellbeing podcast
Listen in each month to get ideas, inspiration and practical advice from people involved in music education, community music, music therapy and more. Learn how you can break down barriers to music, through communications, advocacy and inclusive practice.
The music for the podcast was created by Otis Hynds, a young person working with Noise Solution. Noise Solution delivers one-to-one music mentoring programs with people facing challenging circumstances.
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What’s in this episode?
We talk about:
- how Simon became involved with music therapy
- what music therapy is and does
- the intersection between community music and music therapy
- evaluation and evidence for music work with people, and some of Nordoff Robbins’ current research projects
- balancing advocacy and evidence, with communicating the craft of music work with people
- and we finish with three pieces of advice for encouraging more communication and learning between music therapy, community music and music education
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Links for this episode
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