“Music therapy has brought joy and hope into my child’s life and given back some
quality of life to our family”
The Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT) is a registered charity, based in Twickenham, which provides music therapy and music projects for children, young people and adults with physical, learning, neurological or psychological difficulties, in the Boroughs of Richmond, Hounslow and surrounding areas. Music touches our emotions deeply and music therapy can enable those who find it hard to communicate through traditional methods to express themselves and interact with others.
Our small team is dedicated to making a difference to some of society’s most vulnerable children and adults who are often excluded from community activities. We aim to improve their quality of life, bring joy, hope and calm and enable them to reach their potential. Parents and clients who felt overwhelmed tell us that being welcomed so warmly and with such positivity at OKMT has changed their lives and made them feel part of a ‘large family’.
We provide Music Therapy for all ages, in our purpose built Music Studio and in schools and care homes, and run specially devised music projects including Music Club for babies and children, Music School for children and young people with additional needs, OK Youth Choir for all abilities, and OK Music Group for young people with mental health problems. In 2016, OKMT provided over 2,500 individual and 485 group sessions, for 240 clients, helping our them to communicate, concentrate, gain confidence, develop friendships, and take part with pride in community activities.