Children’s Music Therapy

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Children’s Music Therapy

There is significant evidence to show that music therapy can help children develop communication and language skills, as well as support their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

  • We run music therapy groups for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) twice a month.
  • There is currently a group for 3-10 year olds and a group for 11-19 year olds.
  • From September 2021 we will be establishing a new group for 19-25 year olds.
  • The sessions on the second Saturday of each month are in person, and the sessions on the fourth Saturday of each month are online via Zoom.

Summer 2021 dates:

14th August (online via Zoom)
11:30am-12:10pm (3-10 yrs) / 1:00-1:50pm (11-19 yrs)

28th August (online via Zoom) 
11:30am-12:10pm (3-10 yrs) / 1:00-1:50pm (11-19 yrs)

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

August events calendar for children with SEND and their families:
Saturday 14th August (online via Zoom)
Music therapy for children and young people with SEND: 
participants are invited to join in group music-making – we can sing, clap, play instruments 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)
Free (booking required)
Wednesday 18th August, 6:30pm- 7:00pm (online via Zoom)
Parent and child relaxation: join us for our 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.
Free (booking required)

Saturday 28th August (online via Zoom)
Music therapy for children and young people with SEND: participants are invited to join in group music-making – we can sing, clap, play instruments 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)
Free (booking required)

To book, please email: