Meet the lecturer: Music therapist Dr Liz Coombes
Liz is currently working on her PhD, part of which is a study in Welsh Neonatal units supporting parents to use music with their premature babies. Liz also has research interests in therapeutic music skill-sharing in which she has undertaken work in the UK and abroad.
She also has a breadth of clinical experience including children and young people with learning difficulties, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and also end-of-life care for adults.
"Music plays an important role in many people’s lives," she said. "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.
My own music therapy career began after a time of working as a community musician, and wanting to learn about the theoretical underpinning of music therapy to enable me to connect and work more deeply with clients."