Children’s Music Therapy

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Children’s Music Therapy

We run music therapy groups for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Sessions are currently online via Zoom on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

Spring Term dates:

9th & 23rd January 2021

13th & 27th February 2021

13th & 27th March 2021


Timings:

11:30-12:10pm (3-10 year olds)

1:00-1:50pm (11-19 year olds)

Face to face sessions are hoped to resume in the coming months. When they do, they will be held at Millbank Academy, Erasmus St, Westminster, London SW1P 4HR.  There is free parking outside of the academy for parents to use. 

The sessions are led by our experienced, qualified music therapists Lucy Osborne, Wilf Petherbridge, Ella Emery and Imogen Dyer, and are supported by trained and enhanced DBS checked volunteers.

There is significant evidence to show that music therapy can help children develop communication and language skills, as well as supporting their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. For more information about music therapy, visit the British Association for Music Therapy website.

To register a place for your child, contact Emma Chapman by emailing emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk or calling 07761263105. For more information about our sessions, visit the In-Deep Children’s Music Therapy Facebook page or follow us on Instagram.

At various times of the year we run free day trips for families. Our most recent trip was to London Zoo with children and families from the music therapy group. Everyone enjoyed meeting the many different animals that London Zoo had to offer. Visit the gallery to see photos from this trip.


Meet the music therapists:


Lucy Osborne is a qualified music therapist who completed her training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Lucy is experienced in working with children with a range of disabilities and communication needs, using music to support their communication, expression and holistic development. Lucy also works as a music practitioner with The Amber Trust, working with families of children with visual impairment and complex needs. She loves working with families and enjoys involving the whole family in sessions! Lucy is a flautist and pianist and teaches flute and piano alongside her music therapy work.





Wilf Petherbridge is a music therapist and composer. Wilf trained as a Nordoff Robbins music therapist which means his practice revolves around person-centred care and improvisation. He believes that music can be experienced by anyone, regardless of pathology, condition or background and can help to aid in communication, expression and creativity. He has been lucky enough to work within a wide range of environments and is really looking forward to getting started at In-Deep!




Ella Emery trained as a music therapist at Roehampton University and graduated in 2020. Ella has many years of experience working musically with young children with different abilities and autism. She runs an early years music school called Little Piccolos, and works as a freelance music therapist in West London. Her style is warm and welcoming and therapeutically based in a psychodynamic approach. Ella is a classically trained musician and her first instrument is the flute. In therapy sessions, she also uses a range of musical instruments including guitar, ukulele, piano, and other percussion instruments to connect and communicate with clients.



Imogen Dyer trained as a Music Therapist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and qualified in 2018. Imogen has experience in music therapy, music education and arts administration. Alongside her work with families for In-Deep, Imogen also works with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities for Sound Resonance and in Forensic Services for West London NHS Trust. Imogen has a particular interest in working systemically with families and organisations.


Screenshots from our Zoom sessions:

Feedback from families:

“Since joining the In-Deep family in 2018, I have found the music therapy sessions invaluable in terms of having an inclusive group focused for my two young children’s additional needs. It has helped their concentration, their following of instructions, co-ordination and rhythmic ability, they exude confidence in the groups and look forward to having time dedicated to making music. As a parent it is also great having dedicated fun time allocated with my children, which is not always feasible with the daily structure. During the recent lockdown period the groups have remained in session online and they provided us with educational packs and pragmatic support to help get us through the difficult and isolating period – we felt very lucky with the contents of the educational pack, the children are now able to have their own complete music sessions at home whenever they please or when in need of a different focus. Having access to a group like In-Deep gives a family like mine something to do and keeps us included!” – Parent, 2020

“In-Deep music therapy sessions are warm, welcoming, uplifting, soothing, and engaging sessions. The therapists are compassionate, vibrant, fun, exciting, and incredibly responsive to the children and young people who are present during the sessions. My son has a wonderful time every time that he takes part. He is happy, motivated, and engaged during the session and looks forward to sessions that he will be attending in the future. In-Deep’s music therapy sessions have a positive impact on his confidence to speak, sing, and to engage with others. The sessions are delivered in a clear, focused, calm manner, with excellent verbal and visual prompting, that enables my son to understand what is happening, to relax, and to engage positively throughout the sessions. The sessions continue to support my son’s love for, connection with, and passion for music. During In-Deep’s music therapy sessions he is able to be enveloped in the excitement, joy, and peace that music provides to him.” – Parent, 2020

March events calendar for children with SEN and their families:
Monday 8th March, 11:30am-12:30pm
Carers group: a supportive space for parents and caregivers of children with special educational needs to share stories and tips.

Saturday 13th March
Music therapy for children and young people with SEN: participants are invited to join in group music-making – we can sing, clap or listen together and move to the beat. Sessions are led by qualified music therapists.
11:30am – 12:10pm (3-10 year olds)
1:00pm – 1:50pm (11-19 year olds)

Monday 22nd March, 10:30am-11:30am
Pilates for carers: a chance to stretch, improve fitness and build strength whilst at home.

Wednesday 24th March, 6:30pm- 7:00pm
*New* Parent and child relaxation: join us for our new relaxation session to help families settle down for the evening. It will involve music, relaxation exercises and storytelling. Suitable for for both primary and secondary age children.

Saturday 27th March
Music therapy for children and young people with SEN: participants are invited to join in group music-making – we can sing, clap or listen together and move to the beat. Sessions are led by qualified music therapists.
11:30am – 12:10pm (3-10 year olds)
1:00pm – 1:50pm (11-19 year olds)

To book, please email: emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk
Art competition

We are running an art competition for children and young people with special needs. This is a chance to get creative using any art materials you have at home, for example: pencils, pens, paints, collage.

There are three age groups: 3-5 year olds, 6-10 year olds, and 11-19 year olds. There will be a prize for the winner of each age group, and the artwork will be displayed on our website and social media pages.

Please submit entries by 28th February. You can either send them by email to emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk or by post to In-Deep, Unit 300, 95 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1BZ. Please include a note to let us know the age of your child and how we can contact you if your child wins a prize.

We are really looking forward to seeing all of the artworks!