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 to dementia, both in Brazil and the UK.
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 saxophone and sings, and is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Association for Music Therapy.
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.
Lydia Jenkins. Lydia is a qualified music therapist with career experience in special educational needs, children’s interactive music, theatre performance and jazz music performance. She trained at Royal Academy of Music (Masters in Musical Theatre) after completing a First Class Honours in Vocal Studies from Trinity College of Music. She spent a number of years performing across the UK, Brussels, Ireland and Kenya in opera, theatre, cabaret, jazz and electro-swing. Highlights include performing opera and Gilbert and Sullivan at the Buxton Opera house, creating the part of Meredith in ‘Ed The Musical’ at Trafalgar studios (West End) and singing lead soprano in Tocatta’s Kenya Tour. Lydia is one fifth of Elle and the Pocketbelles, a five-part vintage vocal group who gig regularly at venues from The Ritz to Glastonbury Festival.
After extensive experience in special needs environments and children’s interactive music, she decided to retrain in 2016, finishing her Master’s in music therapy at Roehampton University in June. She is thrilled to be working with the Otakar Kraus Music Trust and embarking on her music therapy career.