Elinor

Who am I?

I am 30 years old and I am a graduate in Music from Royal Holloway College, University of London.

What am I doing now?

I qualified as a Music Therapist in July 2000 from Anglia Polytechnic University. I work at Samuel Pepys School in St. Neots, for 2 and a half days each week. I work with children aged 4 to 19 with a wide variety of special educational needs including
autism, cerebral palsy and emotional and social difficulties.

I have just passed my MA having completed my dissertation entitled “Music Therapy with life-threatened children and their families in their own homes”. This is a reflection of my work with families from a children’s hospice.

I have also enjoyed doing a small amount of Piano teaching with children from our village. I passed my teachers diploma from Trinity College, London in 1997.

What went before?

Having worked in a residential school for disabled children during my University holidays, where I was introduced to Music Therapy, I decided to spend a year after graduating working with adults with learning difficulties. I worked voluntarily for Living Prospects at Helena House in Reading.

After getting married I spent 2 hard years working at Meldreth Manor School, a residential school for children with cerebral palsy, profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Hobbies

Each week I run a junior music group called “Flame” at All Saints Church, Milton. I arrange and simplify the music for Church family services. I also enjoy cooking and sewing and going for walks. One of my favourite places is Anglesey Abbey.