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[PODCAST] [2] Music therapy, community music and music education – Dr Simon Procter, Nordoff Robbins

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.

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

Scroll down for the transcript of the podcast (coming soon).

Links for this episode

Simon Procter, Nordoff Robbins & music therapy in the UK:

Nordoff Robbins website | Centres | VideosResearch  | Short courses

Video mentioned by Simon – young person, music therapist and piano

British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT)

Ken Aigen | Mercédès Pavlicevic books  | Colin Lee

Recommended reading & definitions:

RCTs = randomised controlled trials
Cochrane reviews = systematic reviews of primary research

Voices website

Music for life by Gary Ansdell

[PAPER/BLOG] Community music therapy by Gary Ansdell

[BOOK] Invitation to community music therapy by Brynjulf StigeLeif Edvard Aarø

[BOOK] Community music therapy by Gary Ansdell & Mercedes Pavlicevic



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1 Comment

  1. Music for education & wellbeing podcast: Dr Simon Procter on music therapy and community music – Music Education Works on 7th May 2019 at 4:56 pm

    […] new podcast by Anita Holford, co-editor of Music Education Works, features Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music […]

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