Certainly this is an opportunity
to learn about the wonder of music as medicine. However it is also a chance
to step back and give yourself a little time to explore your own needs and
what is important to you in your own life. As we will discover this is a very
interesting part of the journey.
If you would like to look through the whole of the first module, without obligation,
and free of charge, please email me now and I will send you the links within
a day or two.
is an online training programme distributed in the UK and Ireland by the Song
Therapy Network. The course was written by Nigel Neill and copyright in the
course materials is the property of West Street Creative Skills and Learning.
The course is independently accredited by Complementary Health Professionals.
A not for profit informal association of working musicians and activity
co ordinators promoting the sensitive and responsible delivery of therapeutic
recreational music programmes in the community and in social care throughout
the UK, Ireland, the rest of Europe and beyond.
and Diversity Policy
We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different
perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings
great strength. We believe that discrimination or exclusion based on individual
characteristics and circumstances, such as age; disability; caring or dependency
responsibilities; gender or gender identity; marriage and civil partnership
status; political opinion; pregnancy and maternity; race, colour, caste, nationality,
ethnic or national origin; religion or belief; sexual orientation; social
and economic background; trade union membership status or other distinctions,
represents a waste of talent and a denial of opportunity for self-fulfilment.
We recognise that patterns of under-representation and differences can be
challenged through positive action programmes.
We respect the rights of individuals, including the right to hold different
views and beliefs.
We will not allow these differences to be manifested in a way that is hostile
or degrading to others.
Adults Safeguarding Policy
Our 'Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy' seeks to manage effectively the
risks associated with activities and events involving vulnerable adults that
students may be involved in. Completing a risk assessment process which involves
identifying risks and means of reducing or eliminating these Implementing
the required actions identified by the risk assessment process and reviewing
the effectiveness of these on a regular basis. Ensuring that the appropriate
DBS or basic disclosure checks are conducted, depending on eligibility, for
any individuals starting or moving into work which involves working with vulnerable
students working with vulnerable adults to familiarise themselves with the
content of this policy.
About the course facilitator
Nigel Neill is a professional community musician based in the south west of
the UK running four community choirs in Taunton, Exeter, Minehead and Tiverton.
He has worked extensively with learning disability groups and in life limiting
care settings as well as providing on going music programmes for the brain
injury charity Headway throughout Somerset; working with Parkinsons UK in
North and West Somerset and providing music for those with dementia in residential
home settings. He has worked closely with the mental health charity Rethink
and is currently developing a music well being programme for Sompar NHS Trust
to be rolled out in the Spring of 2020. Academic qualifications include a
combined science honours degree; post graduate certificate in music and health
(uwe) and certificate (level four) in counselling skills (uwe); four years
running a school of sound engineering in the noughties and he has taught sound
engineering and music and song composition at Peterborough Regional College
in the nineties. Nigel recently studied music therapy for two years in Bristol,
before switching to counselling skills for a third year; his professional
background is music performance, recording, composition and song writing;
composing original instrumental music for bbc television and recording many
married with no children and is fifty nine years old.