Following graduation from in 2011 St Peter’s Mary Anne worked as the administrative and librarian assistant for The King’s Consort and also as an audience and youth development intern at a small arts centre in Suffolk. There she worked on setting up an ArtsAward scheme to encourage local young people to obtain extracurricular arts qualifications.
In 2012-2014 Mary Anne undertook the masters in music therapy training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.While there she worked on student placements at Coram Adoption Centre, a specialist school for those with autism, and for the NHS at an adult mental health inpatient service. Her final viva work focussed upon work with individuals living in the community with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Her research project examined the ecological concept of affordance in relation to musical instrument use in clinical improvisations.
Once qualified, she worked for the Methodist Housing Association charity as part of their large music therapy provision for residents with a diagnosis of dementia and those at the end of their lives. Subsequently she moved to work for Suffolk Music Therapy Services where her case load is varied and includes work in primary schools with survivors of domestic violence, in secondary schools with those with severe emotional and behavioural needs, and with adults with learning disabilities and neurological conditions.
In addition to clinical music therapy work, Mary Anne also runs Singing for Lung Health groups in hospital and in the community, having been trained by the British Lung Foundation to provide singing classes for those with lung disease such as COPD. She continues to work with the BLF on their research into the health benefits of singing.
She is currently a fellow of the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme2016/17 which is enabling the development of various of her projects into social enterprises to allow more people sustained access to music therapy and music for health.
An Open Day for Choral and Organ Scholarships will be held on the 22nd April: https://www.music.ox.ac.uk/apply/undergraduate/open-days/