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#USWthanksU: Conversation with Liz Coombes and why music matters

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Liz Coombes is the course leader for MA Music Therapy and has also taught MA Art Psychotherapy. Both achieve high graduate employment rates in the profession.

Liz has had a number of scholarly articles published in peer–reviewed journals and has presented about her clinical work in the UK and abroad. She currently works with school age children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and also in end-of-life care. She is also involved in music therapy projects abroad, notably in Rwanda and Palestine.

Music plays an important role in many people’s lives," she comments. "In music therapy, music therapists use the innate qualities of music to support clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages. Using structured activities or free improvisation, clients are supported to use music as a way to facilitate positive changes in their lives, communicating and improving their emotional wellbeing with the help of a music therapist."

We're delighted to share that a number of our students on our music therapy courses have attracted generous funding from a number of external bodies. 

Liz continues: "The impact of external funding for our students is huge. The course requires students to invest an enormous amount of their time  not just in studying and practicing, but also in personal development. Students must undertake personal therapy throughout the training, thus ensuring that our graduates are robust and resilient practitioners."


External funding allows students to enrich their study with additional learning opportunities .. we are grateful to the charities who have so far supported our students; ..[as our students] can return that investment with interest to the communities in which they live and work. 


"External funding allows students to enrich their study with additional learning opportunities, such as attending short courses, purchasing books and meeting additional course expenses such as personal therapy. We are grateful to the charities who have so far supported our students; this in turn means that the students can return that investment with interest to the communities in which they live and work. 

"Music Therapists work with the most vulnerable elements of society, and here at USW we are committed to continuing to support our students to make a real difference, using the skills they  have learned from our University."


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