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Music Therapy and Movement


On the 20th and the 21st of January, Dr Margaret Lobo, Jose, Elena and Nina facilitated a 2 day workshop on Music Therapy and movement.

Movement is a natural part of music and a natural part of one’s life. In clinical Music Therapy we use movement naturally in our sessions, anything from nursery rhymes reinforced by simple gestures to palliative care where we may follow the rhythm and movement of someone’s breath to connect and interact.

During our 2 day workshop we explored the various ways in which movement is used in Music Therapy through experiential activities, lectures, films and discussions.
The weekend was a great success and TMTT would like to thank CMTAI for inviting us and giving us this opportunity. We are looking forward to more such events!

Here are some pictures from the event:




Workshop at Reboot Wellness


A few days ago, I facilitated a workshop regarding music therapy and addiction, in collaboration with Reboot-Wellness in Gurgaon. It was an exciting afternoon full of music making and interesting conversations regarding music, music therapy and its different techniques and possibilities. The participants were invited to experiment with the instruments and play, regardless their musical background. Individuals are not required to have any previous knowledge or training in music in order to participate in a music therapy session!


It was a wonderful afternoon and I look forward to working with Reboot-Wellness in future projects!



“Striking A Chord” – ScooNews

The Music Therapy Trust was recently featured in ScooNews – India’s Most Preferred Education Platform


We are truly happy and thankful for this lovely article that ScooNews put together. Also, it shows that India and schools all over the country are taking more and more interest in Music Therapy. In the UK many special needs schools provide Music Therapy as a part of their curriculum and Music Therapy is supported and provided by UK’s National Health Service (NHS). We at TMTT hope through training Music Therapists and spreading awareness across the country that Music Therapy will one day be available for children in Indian schools too.

Read the full article here:

AIIMS First National Conference on Addiction Psychiatry

Dear readers,

We would love to share with you our participation during the First National Conference on Addiction Psychiatry held at AIIMS on the 27th-29th November in New Delhi.

It was a very captivating conference where presenters and workshop facilitators were eager to share their interesting and cutting-edge work. The Music Therapy Trust also got the chance to present how music therapy can help those struggling with addiction and how this evidence-based and non-invasive treatment can fit in our fast evolving current health system.

We were very glad to attend and present in this important event and got to meet numerous health professionals from all over India.

We look forward to sharing with you more news.

Jose Alor and Elena Konstantinidi

Community work with Baliga Trust

Dear reader,

We have just embarked in a very exciting project in partnership with the Baliga Trust and would love to share it with you. The project aims to empower young adults in a resettlement area in North East Delhi through music.

After a few weeks of meeting young people in the community, making music and getting to know the activities the trust offers, we are excited to see this project taking some shape. The project is starting as an open music group for anyone from the community aged between 18 and 24, where the participants are encouraged to explore different instruments and express ideas as to how to develop this venture. This way, the group decides the direction of this project and therefore we all share its responsibility.

It is interesting how despite of our different cultural backgrounds music can bring us all together. We had the privilege to dance, listen and play music of a wide range of styles and cultures.

We believe through this musical experiences that bring us together, we can break down gender, religion and caste barriers and offer young adults positive opportunities to explore creativity . Through this meaningful experience we encourage participants to develop their sense of self-worth and trust their capabilities.

Here is a video of us singing together with some of the children, isn’t it lovely?


We are very much looking forward to how this project will develop in the future.

Jose and Elena

Welcome Jose!

Our third therapist has finally joined our team – Welcome Jose Alor! Jose is originally from Spain and after completing his bachelor’s degree in violin performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid (RCSMM), he moved to the UK to study his master’s degree in Music Therapy at Nordoff Robbins Centre in London. He has worked for Nordoff Robbins as a music therapist in a wide range of settings including care homes, hospitals, schools as well as direct referrals at the centre. Jose has now been here for about a month and these are his thoughts about his first few weeks in India:

Hello my name is Jose Alor, I recently joined the TMTT team as a music therapist and I am really excited about this new step in my career.

Time has passed so quickly since I arrived in Delhi four weeks ago. I was so excited when I got out of the airport that it took me a while to think about how vibrant the new environment was. All senses were greatly stimulated during my first day here. I could feel the humid heat, see all the colourful women dresses, hear all the sounds of many cars, autos and people, the intense smell of spices, and taste the rich spicy food.

I was worried of not understanding well the music and culture here. It seemed so different from where I come from but local people are very welcoming and I have been invited to join some traditional events. One of them was a Puja, a ritual to venerate a God where music and dance play an important role. I really felt part of it when I played my flute and danced with other people. The majority of people could not speak english but music made me feel so connected to everyone there in a culture that seemed so different from mine!

I am very much looking forward to keep exploring what music and people can achieve!

Welcome Elena!

We would like to introduce you to our newest member of the team – Elena Konstantinidi. Elena arrived in Delhi all the way from London just over a week ago and we are very excited to have her here. We asked Elena to write a few words about herself:


I am Elena and I am very excited to be joining The Music Therapy Trust team. I am originally from the small island of Cyprus, but lived in England for five years where I completed my higher education. I graduated from King’s College London with a BA in Music and I have recently completed my masters in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

I moved to India just over a week ago after much anticipation. I landed in Delhi late in the evening and, although tired from the long flight, I was very excited to finally be in India! Coming out of the airport, the weather was very warm, which was a nice contrast from the cold temperatures of England.

The following day I woke up full of excitement for the experiences to come. Even though, my experience with classical Indian music is limited with only attending a few concerts, I am very excited to get more involved and discover the rich musical culture that India has to offer.

My first few days in Gurgaon have been full of wonderful food, sights and conversations about music therapy and the work we will be doing with The Music Therapy Trust and Continua Kids. Everyone in the team is very friendly and seem to be involved in order to make our stay here comfortable and feel at home. My favourite food so far has been the South Indian breakfast I tasted on my first morning, I will be sure to have that again. I come to India with an open heart and passion for the work we do and I look forward to working with new people!

Attending the Improvisation Rhythm Performance Technique Training Workshop

Edison R. Carolino developed the Improvisation Rhythm Performance (IRP) technique for young children who struggle with the mainstream method of learning a musical instrument. Beginning from simple pictures, the technique allows the students to have an easy transition into recognising notes and sounds, therefore learning how to play the musical instrument of their choice. The training is provided by Edison and it includes two workshops.

In preparation for my upcoming trip to India, I had the privilege to attend the first training workshop. There were two more participants attending and after introducing ourselves, we began the workshop with various activities on the drums to wake our five senses.

In order to practice this technique, the teacher needs an IRP box which contains all the materials needed for its application. The box includes cards and boards which are to be used at different time frames. The initial group of cards displays animals, people or items and are introduced one at a time. The student is asked to improvise in the theme of the card presented. Edison emphasised the importance of the use of different sounds for each card. When the student becomes comfortable with the cards, the teacher adds counting numbers while playing the sounds to the original cards. This supports the student to learn counting rhythmically. The following step is the addition of emotion pictures which are represented by a sad, happy or angry face. Emotions represent musical dynamics. Combining all three steps, the student learns to play the sound of the first card in connection with rhythm and dynamics. In the final step, the teacher replaces the first picture with a musical note, introducing pitch to the student. After this stage is completed, the student is ready to start using mainstream books in order to continue learning the musical instrument.

During this introduction, Edison demonstrated examples of different sounds on the piano and shared video material from his sessions. We finished the workshop with discussion and I received the IRP Box with all the materials needed to practice the technique. It was a very informative morning and I look forward to applying the IRP technique when I arrive in India.


WORKSHOP – Communication and how Music affects the Brain

In June The Music Therapy Trust was honoured by a visit from our founder, Dr Margaret Lobo who stayed in India for 3 weeks inspiring us all with her great knowledge and warm heart.

Just before Margaret flew back to London she conducted a workshop together with Nina, our senior music therapist.

The workshop was on Communication and how Music affects the Brain, open for anyone interested to learn more about Music Therapy and its remarkable ability to enhance communication, language, cognition and social interaction.

The workshop included plenty of useful information on how music can be beneficial for a wide range of people, both children with autism as well as elderly with dementia, just to mention a few.

Here are some pictures from the workshop:


The participants engaged both in discussions as well as some practical music making. The workshop was a great success and we hope that the participants left feeling inspired. Who knows, some of them might even apply for our post graduate course?