Music Therapy exhibition opens at University of South Wales

Music Therapy exhibition launch

The University of South Wales launched an inspiring new public exhibition last night (Thursday 5th March) from the British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT).

Shown for the first time in Wales, the exhibition, entitled ‘Music Therapy – the art and science’ has previously been on display at London’s Barbican Centre, and will be at the University’s City Campus in Newport until 24th April.

It presents a visual history of music therapy, with original documents, music scores, letters and influential publications that plot the development of music therapy in the UK.

The exhibition was launched with a free public lecture from Dr Philippa Derrington (pictured), of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, who explored the use of music therapy among adolescents who are at risk of underachieving or exclusion.

Dr Derrington spoke about music therapy work in secondary schools, and the role of music therapy in shaping emotional wellbeing and reducing disruptive behaviour.

BAMT exhibition

Liz Coombes, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MA in Music Therapy at the University of South Wales said: “We are delighted to be the first venue outside London to host this exciting exhibition.

“The MA Music Therapy course here at USW is the only one of its kind in Wales, and we hope that this event has enabled those interested in this therapy to learn more about its very wide application.”

Drawing on the rich experiences of music therapists and service users, their families and carers, the exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to learn about music therapy and understand the impact it has on our lives.

Donald Wetherick, Chair of the British Association for Music Therapy said the exhibition demonstrates powerfully the role music therapists play in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society every day.

“Our brains respond in a very particular way to music. Its unique non-verbal properties mean that music therapy can transform the lives of people who, because of injury, disability or illness, have great difficulty communicating verbally.”

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