Our Team

MEET THE TEAM

ELEANOR TINGLE

Chief Exec & Music Therapist
Founder of Music Therapy Works

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.

DAN BRAMHALL

Music Therapist

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.

ABBY STAIN

Senior Exec & Music Therapist

PgDip Music Therapy
BA(Hons)
DipALCM (Flute)
DipLGSM (Flute)
Dip Recital (Flute)

Abby has enjoyed a varied career working as a post-graduate PR executive for a government- owned company and a music teacher before training as a music therapist at the University of West England, Bristol in 1998. She has worked for over 12 years as a therapist for Music Therapy Works West Midlands, and as a facilitator for music therapy improvisation, experiential and therapeutic workshops.

In collaboration with the speech and language therapist she has introduced a Music and Communication programme at primary level for children with social, emotional and mental health issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a PG Dip MT and is also a qualified Thought Field Therapist.

As part of her role, Abby works also with adolescents with social, emotional, behavioural and developmental difficulties in Birmingham. She has introduced music and technology and vocal development work to this setting and is keen to see how music can empower individuals to transform their communication skills and emotional well-being.

ALEX LOWMAN

Music Therapist

BA(Hons)
PgDip Music Therapy

Alex qualified as a Music Therapist in 2000 having studied at Anglia Polytechnic University. Upon qualifying she worked in Sussex in a variety of special school settings.

Having moved to Birmingham in 2003 Alex worked in different special schools within Birmingham and Walsall.

She took a career break to raise her children and returned to Music Therapy working in mainstream schools, special schools and in the area of dementia.

Alex plays the flute, alto saxophone and piano. She enjoys walking in the countryside with her family, running and supports Brighton and Hove Football Club.

CERI WILLIAMS

Music Therapist

MA Music Therapy
BA in Music

After shadowing a music therapist during a work placement at a special needs school, Ceri developed a keen interest in music therapy. Seeing her interests in music and helping people with learning disabilities merge motivated Ceri to study music at the University of York. Here she developed her skills as a community musician and flute player, and regularly played in an Indonesian Gamelan.

Ceri worked as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities and as a peripatetic music teacher, before studying music therapy at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. After qualifying as a music therapist in 2016, Ceri joined Music Therapy Works. Her clinical experience includes working with adults in palliative care, as well as working with adults and children with learning disabilities.

JAMES DUGGAN

Music Therapist

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. Throughout 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.  

NAOMI ROWE

Music Therapist

MA in Music Therapy
BSc in Music Technology

Naomi gained her Masters in Music Therapy from the new course at the University of South Wales. Following her music technology degree from Coventry, she became a learning support assistant for pupils with autism with this work ontinuing throughout her Music Therapy training.

Naomi works in five different schools across the West Midlands, continuing with her commitment to working with young people with a great variety of different needs and abilities.

An accomplished singer, Naomi has been part of choirs and singing groups for over a decade, and is proud to be Music Therapy Works’ first cellist.


RICHARD BERENGER

Music Therapist

Qualifications:
MA Music Therapy

Based in South Herefordshire, my experience includes working with children with additional learning needs; adults with learning difficulties and students in a Worcestershire Pupil Referral Unit.

Before training in music therapy, I worked for the BBC where I delivered a programme for broadcast mainly generated from my own research. It involved travelling around the world extensively, often working on location and researching stories on the ground, with people from all walks of life.

I am currently an Honorary Research Assistant at USW where I am working towards publication of my Masters dissertation and am a busy, practising musician – regularly gigging with my own old-time string band and a free improvisation collective in the local valley.

KATY BENNETT

Music Therapist

BA(Hons)
MA in Music Therapy

Born in Oxfordshire, Katy moved to the West Midlands to study Music at Birmingham University in 2002. After graduating, Katy worked as a community musician for 5 years. This involved leading singing, songwriting and music-making workshops with children and adults in educational, health and community settings across the region. In 2009, Katy undertook the MA in Music Therapy at the University of the West of England, Bristol, qualifying in July 2012.

Katy's Music Therapy experience includes work with:
• Learning difficulties
• Autism and other communication disorders
• Child and adolescent mental health
• Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
• Dementia
• Acquired brain injury• Acquired brain injury

Katy joined the Music Therapy Works team in 2012. She plays the guitar, piano and cello and is an experienced songwriter. Katy incorporates instrumental and vocal improvisation, singing, songwriting and music technology in to her work as a music therapist.

As well as her music therapy work, Katy runs community singing group Moseley Voices and co-facilitates One Voice, a community singing group for adults with acquired brain injury (ABI). She also works as a community support worker with adults with ABI.

She performs gigs with her folk band occasionally and enjoys listening to and playing an eclectic mix of music, from Bach to Bjork.

ALISON DOUGLAS

Music Therapist

MA in Music Therapy
BA (Hons)

After completing a music degree at Hull University, Alison went straight on to the Guildhall School of Music where she trained as a music therapist., qualifying in 1987. She then returned to her home city of Nottingham where at the time there was no music therapy provision.

She established a still thriving music therapy service for adults with learning disabilities within the NHS and was instrumental in setting up the Nottingham branch of a national music therapy charity.

LEANNE O'KEEFFE

Music Therapist

MA in Music Therapy
BMus
DipABRSM Saxophone

Born in Solihull, Leanne decided that she wanted to become a music therapist at the age of 15. She studied for her first degree at The University of Birmingham, where she specialised in performance. During this time Leanne also completed a module in music therapy that was established and ran by Music Therapy Works.

Leanne then worked briefly for Birmingham Music service as a peripatetic teacher before going on to train as a music therapist at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. She qualified with an MA in 2013 and joined Music Therapy Works immediately after.

Leanne's clinical experience includes working with children in special school sand mainstream settings and with elderly patients with dementia. She is eager to gain more experience and further her work as a music therapist and likes to incorporate both active playing and technology into her sessions where it is possible.

RUTH MELHUISH

Music Therapist

Ruth Melhuish has worked as a music therapist since 1991 in a wide range of NHS and community settings. Her clinical specialisms are adult and older people’s mental health. She has published research in the field of dementia on the topics of staff training and the development of evaluation tools, and has presented at several conferences. She is also a clinical supervisor, guest lecturer and
former external examiner to one of the music therapy MA courses. Publications include:

Melhuish, Beuzeboc & Guzman (2015) “Developing relationships between care staff and people with dementia through Music Therapy and Dance Movement Therapy: A preliminary phenomenological study” Dementia 0(0)1-15.

Melhuish, R (2013): “Group Music Therapy on Dementia Assessment Ward: an approach to evaluation” British Journal of Music Therapy 27{1}

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