An elderly woman plays keyboards with a smiling male music therapist

Share your music therapy story

We want to hear your stories of how music therapy has helped you or someone you know. This could be mental health, reconnecting someone living with dementia with their family or helping a child with autism to speak for the first time.

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    Your stories of music therapy

    Oscar’s story…

    “We’ve just had our first Nordoff Robbins Zoom music therapy session with Afra from the Jesmond centre in the North-East. It was absolutely fantastic – my son Oscar (and us as parents ) loved every minute!

    Oscar had a smile from ear to ear all the way through the session. Just wanted to thank everyone associated with Nordoff Robbins for their ongoing fabulous work and support.”

    Bev, Oscar’s mum

    Oscar is looking at a laptop screen showing Afra a music therapist whilst holding a baton above a mini xylophone

    Levi, a young boy holds a guitar facing music therapist Hannah in a music therapy room with a drum and xylophone on the floor

    Levi’s story…

    Levi is five years old, lives with anxiety and has trouble socially interacting. To help with this, he was recommended Nordoff Robbins music therapy. Sadly, he lost his grandad shortly before his music therapy started. His grandad used to play the ukulele and guitar for him, so this was a huge loss musically as well as in every other way.

    “Hannah’s music therapy was such a gift to our son Levi. ‘Music with Hannah’ was a safe and happy place for him where he could express himself as fully (and loudly!) as he liked. We think that it has helped him to deal with some of the daily frustrations he encounters as well as to learn through sharing in a reciprocal and fun encounter. We are so grateful to Hannah and for all that Nordoff Robbins do.”

    Laura, Levi’s mum

    David’s story…

    “My son David, now 11, had an amazing run of music therapy with John Wallis. Music is David’s favourite thing in the world and motivates him to communicate and express himself. John has been an inspiration to both of us and seeing how much David has loved his music therapy sessions has encouraged me to try and learn the keyboard so I can keep things going (it may be sometime before I reach an acceptable standard). Also, David has a fairly sophisticated taste including jazz and classical so we miss having a proper musician to interact with him!

    The generous input we have had from Nordoff has helped us to be in the happy place we are now – David even won the school prize for music because he is always humming cheerful tunes and the school noticed the part music has played in his development. Things are looking good for progression to a good specialist secondary school. We loved the Zooms during lockdown they were definitely a highlight! Thank you for the amazing support (especially to the brilliant John!)

    Judith, David’s mum

    Daved aged 11 sits at a table with a laptop in front of him while he drums on a small drum with sticks

    What is music therapy?

    Music has a power unlike anything else. From your earliest moments on earth, before you are even born, you begin a powerful relationship with music. The first sound you hear is the soothing rhythm of your mother’s heartbeat.

    So when a parent comes to us with a child who’s never spoken, or when a family comes to us because their mother is isolated by her dementia, we use music with the ambition to enhance and improve their lives.

    Music can break through where words can’t. This isn’t just what we believe. It’s what we’ve witnessed. We want to share your stories and experiences of music therapy because #MakingMusicMatters.