21 March 2010 - Rosie Axon explains the work of Chiltern Music Therapy

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Rosie Axon explained that Chiltern Music Therapy is a social enterprise non-profit company that provides a music therapy service to people in the Chilterns region and other areas where there is a need. They are based in Chesham, Bucks, but provide an outreach service, extending into Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and other parts of Buckinghamshire.

A music therapy service is offered for children and young people that includes assessments for diagnosis and treatment programmes. Music therapy can take place in a variety of settings, including SEN schools, mainstream schools, pupil referral units, youth centres, hospitals, hospices and also home visits.

Music Therapy can help adults of any age who are experiencing communication, emotional or physical difficulties for any number of reasons.  Chiltern Music Therapy offers one-to-one sessions or 
music therapy in small groups, normally consisting of no more than six members, working in a variety of settings, including residential care homes, day centres, hospices and hospitals.

A wide choice of musical instruments is available for which no musical ability or prior knowledge is necessary. A typical session involves playing instruments, listening and using the voice, incorporating different techniques in order to address the needs of the individual.