Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Update

 As national lockdown restrictions are starting to be relaxed, we’re assessing what this means for our charity and our mission to provide music therapy, train the music therapists of tomorrow and carry out research within music therapy.

Over the last few months, we’ve been developing online and virtual approaches to music therapy so we could continue to support people through music. This will be continuing until at least September as it is still not safe enough to provide face to face music therapy sessions at our centres around the UK. However, we are slowly starting to return to working in organisations like care homes, mental health units, and schools. We hope this will continue to increase in the coming months.

Our education provision has finished for the summer but when the new academic year begins in September our aim is to be able to restart our Master of Music Therapy and PHD programmes with some face to face tuition alongside the online teaching we’ve put in place. We continue to pause our music therapy research work while our focus is on getting our music therapy provision and education back up and running.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation and respond to what people need from us at this moment in time so we can make the most positive impact with music possible.  
“The Mountbatten choir has helped me so much” – Sue’s Story

 
The Mountbatten Hospice community choir is run by Nordoff Robbins music therapist, Fraser Simpson. It is made up of around 80 people who used to meet every Wednesday in the hospice’s day centre, but it has now moved online since lockdown.   Sue joined the choir in January 2017 not long after it was first started. She joined after her husband passed away, who had been cared for by the Mountbatten Hospice teams. Below we hear from Sue about how the choir has helped her and how it has adapted since lockdown.

“The Bereavement officer in Mountbatten Hospice mentioned to me that the Mountbatten choir was open to everyone, should I like to join.
 
The choir has helped me so much since my first attendance in January 2017 following my bereavement. I have attended nearly every Wednesday evening since then and it has become a very important part of my life.
 
Fraser, who runs the Mountbatten choir, has such a unique and special way of welcoming us, and despite the fact that the choir has grown enormously since it started, he always has time for each one of us in a very individual and caring way.
 
It is a wonderful thing to be able to look forward to each week. To know that there is no pressure and that I will be with people who have been through or experienced similar situations to myself, with who there is an immediate bond. I have made many friends, which has been invaluable in building my new way of life alone.
 
When ‘lockdown’ occurred, Fraser and Mountbatten were able to assist the choir members who wanted to carry on attending the choir and continue to sing online through ‘Zoom’.
 
This has been an exciting new challenge and I am so pleased that I have been able to achieve this, using new skills acquired and being able to continue to enjoy singing at this particularly difficult time of lockdown and the feeling of isolation.
 
It has assisted me in so many ways and I am absolutely sure it has helped my health and well-being enormously over the past three years – all due to Fraser and Mountbatten, to whom I remain indebted.”     Watch the Mountbatter Choir perform before lockdown through Joy’s story   Musical Conversations  
We’ve always wanted to help people access the benefits of music, especially during these challenging times.

This is why we’re introducing Musical Conversations from our music services team.    They give you the opportunity to talk about music with one of our music therapists – who are all musicians and understand the importance of music in everyday life.

We hope it will be an opportunity to share musical interests and to think together about how music can help in coping with the demands of everyday life.

Unlike counselling or psychotherapy, the conversations won’t address specific personal problems or delve into a person’s psyche. Rather we hope it will enable people to focus on the potential benefits of music, listening to music and making music in the contexts of their own lives.

If you think that you or someone you know would benefit from having a conversation about music on the phone with one of our therapists, complete the registration form using the button below and someone will be in touch soon.   Register your interest   New Singalong Videos To Help You Stay Connected  

We’ve got three brand new Singalong videos for you to join in with.

We know lockdown may be easing, but that doesn’t mean we should all stop using music to connect.   With the aptly timed We’re Walking on Sunshine (depending where you are of course), Lean on Me, and Stand By Me, there are three classic songs to sing to and make music with our music therapists.   Get involved and sing today   Nordoff Robbins Music Quiz   More than 465 perople came together in 93 teams from across the music industry to take part in the hotly contested inaugural Nordoff Robbins Online Music Quiz earlier this month.     The event not only brought together people from across the music industry, got colleagues and friends in the same (virtual) room and tested some serious music knowledge, but it also raised £6,000 for Nordoff Robbins, helping us to carry on providing music therapy and to safeguard the future of our charity.

A big thanks to our partners at Bose, Bulldog and Sporcle for helping us make it happen. After four very close heats and one tense final, a big well done to our winning team from IMG Golf.

After such success, we’ll be looking at rolling out more quizzes later in the year so watch this space.   Virgin Money Online Choir   After moving our inclusive community choir online and seeing how it can help with mental health and well-being during the lockdown, we wanted to offer its therapeutic benefits to organisations. We knew it had the possibility of bringing colleagues together and helping mental health and well-being in the workplace.

Virgin Money took us up on our offer and we’ve been working with them for several weeks now to set up and run their first workplace choir for over 50 of their employees.

“I’ve never had any experience of singing with other people, so I was quite nervous. But Emily you were great. I really enjoyed it.”


If your organisation could benefit from a workplace choir get in touch by replying to this email. If you’d prefer to join our inclusive community online choir sign up button below. It runs every Tuesday from 4pm and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.     Sign up to the choir today   Supergrass perform for Nordoff Robbins and CALM on Friday 21 August   Goose Island are giving you the chance to witness the legendary live show of Supergrass with the band performing at Manchester’s Band On The Wall, playing the festival headline set they wanted to perform for thousands of fans this summer.

Creators of some of the most defining tracks of the last twenty years, Supergrass boast a massive repertoire of hits including ‘Alright,’ ‘Moving’ and ‘Pumping On Your Stereo.’

Click the link below and get your ticket for just £2. All proceeds go to Nordoff Robbins and CALM.     Buy a ticket or find out more   Monkey Music Aiming To Raise £20,000 For Nordoff Robbins   Monkey Music offer music classes for babies and young children and have supported Nordoff Robbins for many years now. This summer, they’re aiming to raise £20,000 for Nordoff Robbins from their sing and play challenge.

Here’s what they had to say: “We are a large team of Monkey Music families from all over the UK who will sing and play songs during August and September to raise awareness of the importance of singing and playing music in our daily lives for our well-being and mental health. We want to raise awareness about the vital work Nordoff-Robbins music therapists do to enrich the lives of the people they work with.”   A Big Thank You To The Worm Club   A huge congratulations and thank you to our music industry friends from the likes of Warner, Virgin, SYCO and BMG who dusted off their cycling gear to raise £10,000 for Nordoff Robbins. Members of the ‘The Worm Club’ cycled a total of 300 miles on Friday 24 July to raise as much as possible to support our music therapy work.

Worm Club’s Jeremy Marsh of Warner Music said: “We chose to support Nordoff Robbins, as three of the group have been closely involved in the music business and we’re all touched by the dilemma facing the charity, due to the loss of fundraising events during the Covid crisis”   As usual, please let us know if you have any feedback. You can do this by responding to this email.

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