“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) 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, creativity and calm and enable them to express themsleves and 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 work with partners in the local community to run specially devised music projects including Music Club for babies and children, OK Music Group for young people with mental health problems, and a group for elderly people at Homelink Respite Centre. Our OK Music School is unique in South West London, teaching over 50 children and young people with disabilities to play an instrument and perform with joy and pride at our public concerts. In 2018 our OK Youth Choir for all abilities was launched.
In 2017 OKMT provided over 2,500 individual and 485 group sessions, for 240 clients, helping them to communicate, concentrate, gain confidence, develop friendships, and take part with pride in community activities.