Eleanor Tingle



Chief Exec & Music Therapist

BA(Hons) Music and Psychology
Diploma in Music Therapy
MPhil Music Therapy (research)
Guided Imagery & Music (BMGIM) full theoretical training
Certificate in Liturgical Music

Eleanor chose to study for her first degree (music and psychology) at Surrey University, Roehampton Institute, in order to link with the onsite music therapy department. She worked for two years in community mental health as part of the national RDP research project into best practice, this employment included a fact finding tour of USA mental health provisions including user led service groups. Qualifying as a music therapist from the Bristol training course, Eleanor was employed by Birmingham Education Authority whilst still completing her training and within two years was promoted to manager of the BEA music therapy team. As funding streams changed, Eleanor researched the best way to develop music therapy in the West Midlands and with the support of BEA and Worcestershire Education Authority, transferred all music therapy activity to what became the independent charity Music Therapy Works.

In 2001 Eleanor established an undergraduate module in music therapy at Birmingham University which has seen several students go on to train as music therapists at post graduate level. She returns to teaching this course in 2015 and continues to forge strong links with the university, delivering occasional lectures within the department of medicine.

Eleanor established and co-ran a ‘Therapeutic Music Making Course’ and continues to develop similar initiatives. Her research degree (Bristol University 2000) considered ‘Moments of Meeting’ in music therapy sessions. She has presented several papers, including ‘Spirituality, Relationship and Music Therapy’ (6th European Music Therapy Conference, Finland, 2004); ‘A Space For Music: Community Music Therapy, Ideals and Realities’ (10th World Congress of Music Therapy, Oxford, 2002, authors Eleanor Tingle, Leslie Bunt, Beccy Read)); and 'Diverse City: Music Therapy for Crisis Intervention in Birmingham and the West Midlands' (BAMT conference February 2014, authors Eleanor Tingle, Abby Stain and MTW team). Eleanor was on the scientific committee of the BAMT 2014 conference and is delighted to be on this committee again for the upcoming BAMT 2016 conference.

Eleanor is a BAMT approved supervisor. Her clinical expertise includes emotional and behavioural issues, child protection issues, autistic spectrum disorders and end of life work. She is often referred those deemed to be complex and difficult to reach. Recent clinical interests include the link between attachment issues and criminal behaviour, and the role of music therapy to support transgender individuals undergoing transition. She has completed the theoretical training towards becoming a Guided Imagery and Music Practitioner (under Leslie Bunt and Torben Moe).

Musically Eleanor's lifelong passion and area of expertise is liturgical music and choral singing and she hold a preliminary certificate in liturgical music.
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