Music Therapy

Richard, our Music Therapist

Our Music therapists work with both individuals and small groups at Pitcheroak. Music therapy helps pupils to address emotional and physical challenges through guided music making.  Some of the benefits include:

  • Enhanced self-confidence, self-esteem and motivation
  • Enhanced awareness of self and others
  • Enjoyment and improvement in quality of life
  • Improved communication and social skills
  • Development in physical, sensory and cognitive skills
  • Increased feelings of calm and relaxation

Richard is a Psychodynamic Music Therapist with experience of working with Learning Disabilities (both children and adults), children with attachment issues, ASD, additional learning needs and behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Through musical expression Richard enables pupils to explore and connect with the world and their responses to it. Therapy sessions are held in a safe, caring and confidential environment and can be powerful in helping people confront barriers that interfere with emotional and mental well-being.

A wide range of musical styles and instruments are used, including the voice, and the music is, more often than not, improvised.

Music Therapists are registered with the Health Care Professions Council ( and are skilled musicians who have undergone extensive NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) approved Masters (MA) level training.

Reasons students at Pitcheroak may be referred to Music Therapy include:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Anger management issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Communication difficulties

If you would like to discuss how Richard might be able to support your child or your family, or you would simply like more information please contact the school.