Music therapy

Music therapy is based on the understanding that all human beings are musical – that is, we all have an innate response to music, which remains unchanged by illness, disability or emotional state. Our music therapists use musical improvisation informed by therapeutic theories to engage, reach out and support each person, whatever their disability, difficulties or diagnosis.

In music therapy, children and family members can experience music improvised uniquely for and with them. They will have the opportunity to interact and communicate musically and to express themselves in whatever way they can – using their body, voice or percussion instruments. Most of all, they’ll be forming a creative and therapeutic relationship with their music therapist.

We’ve been to sessions at the hospice like music and cake, but Skyla doesn’t cope very well in groups, so we have one-to-one music therapy sessions with Ray the music therapist. The sessions are incredible - Skyla moves her arms and legs about and has a big smile on her face. There’s definitely a connection there and it’s great to know services can be tailored to suit us.
A session may include...

  • Improvising music
  • Writing songs
  • Composing dance tracks
  • Making music CDs
  • Relaxing through music
  • Singing favourite songs
  • Working with family and as a group.

Music therapy can help to...

  • Provide a means of communication and self-expression, when words are not possible or are inadequate
  • Increase interaction for children with communication difficulties
  • Raise self-esteem and dignity
  • Encourage control and choice
  • Lower anxiety levels and promote a sense of well-being
  • Encourage physical and cognitive development
  • Add a spiritual dimension, helping to give people’s lives meaning, purpose and a sense of completion.
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB


Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH