Music Therapy Blog – meet our volunteers!

Music Therapists Maria Radoje and Sjaak VanDerBent update us on the latest news from the Music Therapy department:

Last time we wrote about the development of our new leaflet for Music Therapy.  We’re pleased to say that it’s finished, and we now have a logo on the front designed by Raul Vazquez Torres (below) that we feel conveys the essence of Music Therapy as a shared space for music making, sharing feelings, and communicating.  You can see the leaflet and find out more about the Music Therapy service at One Trust by clicking on the link here; MUSIC THERAPY 2016 .

We would also like to introduce you to Frances and Kyle who volunteer in two different music therapy groups running at One Trust.  We asked them both some questions, and they have given some insightful answers below:


Q:  How did you get involved with One Trust and when did you start?

Frances:  I asked to volunteer about 3 years ago.

Kyle:  My mother is a trustee and my sister is a service user at Church Lane.  My mother knew I was looking to do some voluntary work so she asked around within the centre if there was anything suitable and Maria and Sjaak who run the group on a Wednesday were happy for some help.  I think I started in November 2015. 


Q:  You take part in the music therapy group on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, do you have a musical background?

Frances:  Yes – I’m a trained musician, performer, and teacher of music.

Kyle:  Yes I do have a musical background, I play the drums and have done so for about 10 years.  I also studied music at college for about 2 years, learning about a lot of different aspects in music including the business side of music, the history and the performance.


Q:  How are you enjoying being a part of the Music Therapy group?

Frances:  Very much!

Kyle:  Being part of the Music Therapy group is very enjoyable, seeing how the service users interact with each other during the session and how they are able to express themselves via the instruments is really something special to witness and be a part of.


Q:  What would you say is the difference between learning to play an instrument and taking part in the Music Therapy group?

Frances:  You don’t have to learn how to hold an instrument correctly, or play it in a conventional manner, nor make a conventional sound from it.  The music making is more about what sounds you want to make.

Kyle:  I would say the difference is when you’re learning to play an instrument you may have to follow a guide or listen to a teacher in order to improve your playing skills which  can be restricting and orderly.  Whereas taking part in the Music Therapy group you are free to play any instrument you like without having to follow any guide or teachings.


Q:  You have been part of the group for quite some time now, have you noticed any differences in peoples music making?

Frances:  Yes – the music making is now experimental and open to new directions – plus using the voice more.

Kyle:  I have noticed how some service users seem to be getting more involved with the music now from when I first started, almost as if they are more comfortable within the group and are open to use a wider a range of instruments.


Q:  And have you noticed any difference in your music making?

Frances:  Yes – I am much more relaxed and less worried about how I am playing, which means that I can listen more to the group music!

Kyle:  Since the training session I had with Sjaak and Maria I have noticed differences in my music making.  I am now more aware of how to react and respond to the way service users use their instruments within a group session.


If you would like to find out more about Music Therapy services at One Trust visit the dedicated page on our website:


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