Sony Music UK has teamed up with the Nordoff Robbins charity to train performers who wish to become music therapists.
The Master of Music Therapy programme is a two-year course open to graduates who can apply for the scheme through the Health and Care Professions Council.
Four successful applications will receive free tuition to study in Newcastle or Manchester in 2021 curtesy of Sony who will cover the £10,000 fee for each student.
Frances Thomson, a graduate on the Master of Music Therapy programme, said: “As a bassoon player and a singer, music has always been an important part of my life. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have found a vocation where I get to use music in such a meaningful way and meet so many inspirational people.
“Working on a neuro rehab unit of a hospital last year, I didn’t expect to be blown away by the incredible scat-singing of a man whose brain injury meant that he was usually very disorientated and unmotivated.”
She added: “At my current placement in a care home, I didn’t expect to feel so invigorated after making music with elderly people with dementia, with whom it might be difficult or impossible to maintain a spoken conversation. It’s been amazing to see people thrive in music, and a privilege to make contact with the healthy, beautiful part of people that responds to it.”
Applications for the September 2021 programme can be submitted through the Nordoff Robbins website before January 18.
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