BSc in Computational Linguistics
MA Music Therapy
Dan qualified as a music therapist in 2003 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Prior to that he obtained a degree in Linguistics at UMIST, before going on to work as Senior Support Worker for a care company in Liverpool helping adults with learning difficulties to live independently.
Dan joined Music Therapy Works immediately after qualifying, and enjoys the varied work opportunites the company provides – from music therapy in nurseries, to working in special schools with young people with multiple learning difficulties; from interacting with young adults with autism, to developing the self-confidence of teenagers with impaired sight.
Dan’s musicianship is strongly informed by his pop and rock background, and he’s comfortable improvising songs with clients around conventional Verse-Chorus song structures in a wide variety of popular styles. Rap, 50s rock and roll, cheesy europop, dance music – you name it, he’s had a client want to play music like it!
Along with his clinical work, Dan has led music therapy training events for academic institutions and the public: from 1 day awareness raising workshops, to 10 week experiential courses for healthcare professionals. For 6 years he was also the Visiting Music Therapy Lecturer at the Music Deparment of Birmingham University.