All Therapeutic Arts Practitioners who facilitate Music4Wellbeing sessions have extensive and continuous training, both in-house and externally.

Music4Wellbeing’s Therapeutic Arts Practitioners’ training

Training includes:

  • Professional development in all aspects of community music/arts delivery
  • Background knowledge of common age-related health conditions and the effects of loneliness and isolation
  • ‘Brain Works’ – linking music/arts activities with the effects on the brain and down stream blood chemistry
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Health and safety
  • First aid

Those who have reached Advanced Therapeutic Practitioner status, through training and experience, take on additional roles:

  • Face-to-face mentoring of Early Career Practitioners, sharing their practice approaches and processes
  • Co-facilitating knowledge exchange training programmes with Music4Wellbeing’s Lead Trainer, Dr Trish Vella-Burrows, for:
    • health and social care staff to use music more effectively in their care practices
    • community music practitioners to better understand and adapt their practice for people living with age-related ill-health and social ill-being.

M4W training programmes open to all

Effective music-making in care and health environments (EMCHE)

A flexible modular training programme offered to health care workers and professional and allied health professionals, including residential and nursing home care staff, hospital staff, Speech and Language, physio and occupational therapists, and anyone else interested in learning more about applied therapeutic music.

Recipients will gain knowledge of:

  • Module 1. Brain Works – the neurology of music and its physiological effects
  • Module 2. Sing, Speak, Sway, Move: Singing and rhythmic movement as an adjunct to speech and language and physiotherapy
  • Module 3. Music in Practice – practical applications of music and singing as tools in health promotion, rehabilitation, and palliative caregiving
[1] N.B. Our practitioners deliver therapeutic music/arts activities, as distinct from ‘music/arts therapy’. The latter is delivered by a body of allied health professionals who are registered therapists focussing on psychotherapy in which music/arts are used as a tool.  

Modules 1 and 2 can be delivered online. Module 2 is an experiential process delivered face-to-face in the workplace.

These training modules have been designed by a team of health and allied health professionals and M4W’s Advanced Therapeutic Arts Practitioners.

For more information on our EMCHE training, please contact: Trish – Email Tel. 07790 263762

Affiliated training: Sing to Beat Parkinson’s

Working in partnership with the charity, Canterbury Cantata Trust, the Sing to Beat Parkinson’s training programme offers various online and face-to-face training residencies for:

  • musicians who are working, or have aspirations to work in community music
  • health and allied health professionals and care staff
  • people living with Parkinson’s
  • family carers
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