Music Therapy

-expanding community, encouraging families, embracing everyone-

music-harbour-logoCMA is collaborating with Music Harbour to provide a new music therapy service for people with additional needs.

Starting in January 2017, the provision will take two different forms so that your circumstances can be accommodated:

  • Music therapy sessions for families with children with special needs on Saturday mornings
  • Music therapy sessions for individuals and their carers on Friday afternoons and Tuesday evenings

Music therapy can help people who are living with a variety of needs, including:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Neurological disabilities
  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Low self esteem
  • Social isolation
  • Physical disabilities
  • Anxiety

Families and individuals living with any difficulty or disability can find it hard to access musical activities. If you would like to refer someone you know to Music Harbour music therapy at CMA, please use the CMA application form. Participants can be any age and no prior musical experience is necessary. Music therapy is shaped to the needs of whoever is participating – it focusses on what you CAN do, not what you can’t. It can be for groups or individuals and the duration of therapy can be tailored to need.

“It has been great for me, too, to be part of something so positive with my child!” -mother of toddler with learning difficulties who attended a family group.

For more information on what music therapy is and how it might help you or someone you know, please see the Music Harbour website or contact them directly on

Explore the power of music!

Music Harbour, Chiltern Music Therapy and Chiltern Music Academy are teaming up to explore the Power of Music!   We’ve invited young people with additional needs to come to an exclusive performance by our Symphony Orchestra on Friday 19th May. The orchestra will be like a living musical museum, to be explored in interactive ways as participants discover how sounds are made and what they feel like. They will also have the chance to touch and try some instruments. Full details can be found HERE.

Our event was inspired by the BBC’s music day on Thursday 15th June which aims to unite communities across generations, bringing live music to people around the UK with a diverse and exciting line-up of events and broadcasts. This year’s theme will be the power of music, and the day will feature broadcasts on BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight. Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music explains:
“BBC Music Day is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home.”

We are planning to record and share what we do during the performance, perhaps we’ll even be featured on the BBC!