Dr. Margaret Lobo, FRSA, is the founder and Director of the Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT), The Music Therapy Trust (TMTT) in India and The Music Therapy Trust Nepal (TMTTN). She qualified at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1987, is a fully registered member of the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Music Therapists (BAMT). Margaret is one of the named mentors for the ‘ASHA Foundation, “Inspirational Women From Around the World” and in 2003 was nominated for the Beacon prize for her philanthropic work. Her endeavours were recognised in 2007 by the award of a Fellowship from the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). In 2010 Margaret was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University for her major contribution to the community in the UK, India and Nepal in the field of Health and Social Sciences. Margaret has had numerous articles published both nationally and locally and is a regular broadcaster. She featured in the BBC film “The Power of Music” narrated by Sir Paul McCartney, in documentaries for MTV TV, on BBC radio.
Carmem Coles. Carmem Coles (SRAsT) is a full member of the BAMT and also is registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). She originally qualified in Brazil (having taken a 4-year full-time degree in music therapy) and then gained accreditation in the UK, having completed a module at APU (Anglia Polytechnic University). She has worked with children and adults with a wide range of conditions (ranging from learning disabilities, special needs, emotional and behavioural difficulties, dementia etc) both in Brazil and the UK.
Edison R Carolino . Edison qualified as a Music Therapist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama completing a Department of Health approved Diploma in Music Therapy ( SRAsT(M) and also is registered with the HCPC ( Health and Care Professions Council). Edison works for the Otakar Kraus Music Trust with children and adults with a wide range of conditions. He has many years of experience as a music therapist and teacher and is the Music Director at the Otakar Kraus Music Trust. He has developed the IRP technique, a unique teaching method which has achieved great success in schools in England, India and Brazil.
Elliot Little. Elliot completed his masters from Anglia Ruskin University in 2012; previously studying Music for his undergraduate degree at Newcastle University until 2006. He is registered with BAMT and is HCPC registered. Elliot works with groups and individuals in special needs schools and mainstream schools providing individual and group music therapy for children and adults with a range of learning disabilities and needs. He also works with OKMT with adults and children. Elliot tailors his work to the needs of each individual. Music therapy offers each participant the chance to have their voice heard through the act of music making and improvisation. In addition, Elliot has run various community music workshops, focusing on composition and sound creation with adults and children.
Gemma Lenton-Smith. Gemma qualified as a music therapist in 2005 with a Post-graduate diploma from Anglia Ruskin University and completed her MA in Music Therapy Research in 2007 from Roehampton University. She has worked with Otakar Kraus Music Trust since 2014, running individual music therapy sessions with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Gemma also currently works as a music therapist for Ealing Music Therapy in schools within the Ealing Borough for children who have autism, profound and multiple learning difficulties and emotional difficulties. She has extensive experience of working with adults with acquired brain injury including Stroke, Huntington’s Disease, clients in low awareness state and clients who have behavioural difficulties as a result of brain injury. Gemma plays the piano and saxaphone and sings and is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Association for Music Therapy.
Niamh Owens. Niamh completed a masters in Music Therapy at the University of Roehampton and she is also registered with BAMT (British Association for Music Therapy) and the HCPC (Health and Care Professionals Council). Prior to this she completed an International Bachelors of Music Degree at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (2011). Niamh has worked with both children and adults with a wide range of additional and complex needs for the past ten years. These have included and expanded beyond her role as a music therapist, including working as a; carer, social facilitator, special needs assistant, and music teacher. Niamh has a client led approach, tailoring sessions to the individual’s strengths, needs and abilities.
Laura Pearce. Laura qualified with a Masters in Music Therapy at Roehampton university in 2013. She is a registered with the HCPC (Health care professional council) and a member of BAMT. Laura works for OKMT at the music school and works for the trust in various projects in the local area. Laura has gained experience working as a developmental music class facilitator for a company called Tempo Tots. She also works for a charity called Momentum, providing music therapy for young children with cancer and or life limiting conditions. Laura also works for PACT (Parents and children together) where she provides music therapy for adopted children with behavioural and emotional difficulties and/or developmental trauma as well as providing music therapy in nursing homes for elderly people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Laura is a keen musician and passionate singer/song writer. She also plays the violin, piano and guitar.