February 2020, S, aged 40 attends music therapy at St Francis Hospice.
“The session was quite relaxing and refreshing at the same time. It gave me rest from the hecticness of life and I liked the flexibility to be whatever you want in the session.”
Social worker, July 2019
“The passion from the therapist shone through to the children as they are the ones who benefit from this therapy.” She then added “I was very impressed watching the therapist and the child responding to her music and singing. More music therapists are needed!”
Elaine, Portage teacher, Southend. July 2019.
“Towards the end of the session [Amelia] took a 20 minute music and singing time with the children who were present. Their needs were varied […] and Amelia was able to assess these, adapt and give appropriate, individual input to each of these children, all of whom had positive responses. I noted how insightful she was with the parents, some of whom needed a gentle approach when trying to give advice. The session was really fun and stimulating for all the children in attendance, and got the parents all engaged as well […]. I also learnt some new approaches which I will be using at future sessions.”
G, aged 3, life limited. July 2019
“I wanted to say a huge thank you for all you have done for me, you’ve helped to reduce my self harming a lot since we started and my parents will forever be grateful to you! You’ve made me happier and given me a chance to express myself. I have enjoyed our time together very much!”
M, 19 reflects on his experience of music therapy, June 2019
“I am not sad like I used to be. I am more jolly and happy, always singing.”
Parent, July 2018
“Our son had the absolute privilege of having Amelia as his Musical Therapy Teacher. He made so much progress with her and really enjoyed their time together each week. I would highly recommend Amelia & her service to anyone interested in Music therapy for their child. She is so patient, warming & kind. Thank You Amelia.”
Parent, March 2019
“Darby’s responsiveness to Amelia was incredible – even when she was tired. She turned towards the instruments held/tapped drums and shakers, felt strings – and most impactful of all, seemed to understand she could ‘control’ (i.e. on/off) the clarinet – which for a child with so little agency in her life was genuinely moving.”
Parent, June 2018
“We have known Amelia for one and a half year now. She has done brilliant work for my son (Abel) who is suffering from brain injury. During the music therapy she is working hard to find any communication or connection to him. Whilst playing on instruments she carefully watches how Abel reacts. I’m sure my song enjoys his music and this sensation helps his recovery.”
Social worker, April 2019
“Whilst the children were in the music therapy group they were smiling, moving bodies, making sounds, responding to the instruments and singing.”
C, young adult, July 2018
“I enjoyed music therapy. Also I had an opportunity to play some musical instruments. You were so kind and friendly towards me. I wish you all the best.”
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