MA Music Therapy
BMus (Hons) Jazz
A multi-instrumentalist with a strong background in jazz music, James gained an undergraduate degree in Jazz performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. After completing his degree he spent a number of years teaching and playing in various bands around South Wales. During this time he began gaining experience of using live music to help engage children and adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities through voluntary work with a local charity. This encouraged James to go on to study Music Therapy at the University of West England.
While studying, James coordinated creative arts sessions for young adults with multiple and profound learning difficulties. Thhroughout his training, he gained experience of music therapy in a variety of settings working with children with learning difficulties and autism, adolescents and adults with experiences of mental health and elderly people with dementia.
As part of his role, James supports young people with learning disabilities age 18-25 through music therapy in a Birmingham specialist further education college and he also works in a mainstream school setting. He particularly enjoys helping people to express and discover more about themselves through musical improvisation and song writing. He is keen to continue enhancing his experience of music therapy and gain further specialisms.