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Lucy Thraves


Sony Music UK to widen access to Music Therapy training with bursaries

11:54, 12th January 2021

The £10,000 bursaries will cover the cost of tuition for the two-year Master of Music Therapy programme at Nordoff Robbins. 

The independent music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, runs a renowned Masters programme that gives graduates eligibility to register as a music therapists with the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Now, Sony Music UK is offering four £10,000 bursaries for applicants, two for Manchester and two for Newcastle, which cover the full cost of the Masters tuition fees.

The bursaries are designed for those ‘who may have previously faced challenges that meant undertaking our Master of Music Therapy programme was not an option.’

Frances Thomson, a student on the Nordoff Robbins Master of Music Therapy programme, said, ‘As a bassoon player and a singer, music has always been an important part of my life. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have found a vocation where I get to use music in such a meaningful way and meet so many inspirational people.

‘Working on a neuro rehab unit of a hospital last year, I didn’t expect to be blown away by the incredible scat-singing of a man whose brain injury meant that he was usually very disorientated and unmotivated.

‘At my current placement in a care home, I didn’t expect to feel so invigorated after making music with elderly people with dementia, with whom it might be difficult or impossible to maintain a spoken conversation. It’s been amazing to see people thrive in music, and a privilege to make contact with the healthy, beautiful part of people that responds to it.’

Those interested in finding out more are invited to attend the Nordoff Robbins online open evening via Zoom, 6-8pm, Thursday 14 Jan 2021.

To apply for the September 2021 intake, applications must be submitted online by Monday 18th January.

More information can be found here.

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