Music Therapy at Little Harbour

Music Therapy at Little Harbour

by Music Therapist Matt Davis The CMTT funded a half-day per week pilot project to provide music therapy at Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in Cornwall. This work is now continuing through Children’s Hospice South West’s own music therapy provision. The work undertaken at the hospice is different to that which I normally do – for many reasons. One of which being the fact that families are not in regular attendance on a weekly basis so the work done with the children is not the week-by-week process a music therapist would normally do. Rather you see different children every visit and usually get to see them again a few months or […]

The Measurement of Not Knowing

The Measurement of Not Knowing

by Matt Davis, Music Therapist Around a year ago I was visiting a six year old boy, John (named changed), in a special needs unit in a mainstream primary school in East Cornwall. John had been referred for presenting with Asperger’s type symptoms. John was articulate and was able to read, and liked books, which was often a distraction as the sessions were held in the school library, with John often preferring to choose a book to look at rather than take up any of the instruments. In fact, the aim of the sessions quickly became to develop a sense of shared play of any kind, musical or not. Music did not seem to engage John particularly but after a few sessions we got […]