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  • 06/29/15--05:51: Laura Cousins

  • Laura currently works as a community musician and sensory storyteller with groups and individuals who have additional needs, using music and sensory stimuli to make connections and to communicate. Laura is also a director of Lifemusic CIC, a community music organisation dedicated to re-connecting individuals and groups to their own innate musicality.

    As well as being a Lifemusic practitioner and a trained Remo Health RHYTHMS facilitator, Laura has an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Drumming from the Therapeutic Drumming Foundation in Nottingham, and has taken Arthur Hull's Drum Circle Facilitator training.

    Laura believes that everyone is musical and that there is no such thing as a 'wrong' note. She runs workshops and training programmes that demonstrate how improvised music-making using drums and other instruments is a unique activity, combining proven health-promoting strategies - including self-expression, group support, nurturing, exercise, and stress reduction.
    Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset

    Email Laura

    Telephone Laura: 07972 009 762

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  • 06/30/15--00:57: Adam Świtała
  • Adam Świtała was born in Warsaw and is a musician, composer, workshop facilitator, teacher and cultural researcher. 

    As a classical music interpreter, improviser and band member, Adam has given concerts during numerous classical, jazz and folk festivals. 

    His work as a composer and arranger includes notable cooperations with the Polish Radio, TV, and many theatres. As workshop facilitator, he was part of numerous projects focused on overcoming social and educational issues as well as integration through art and musical improvisation. 

    In 2015 Adam facilitated workshops for more then 2000 participants. He has also been using elements of the Lifemusic method in his work with theatrical groups.


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  • 06/30/15--01:16: Rod Paton

  • Rod Paton, D.Phil has had a varied career as a musician and composer, writer and lecturer, researcher and academic, music therapist and community musician.  He has been facilitating workshops in the UK and abroad for over thirty years and is the founder of the Lifemusic method which uses improvisation as a tool for personal development, transformation, well-being and community engagement. His clients include people from all walks of life including teachers, musicians, therapists, social and health care workers, academics and corporate clients. He read music and philosophy in Southampton before continuing postgraduate studies at the Janacek Academy in the former Czechoslovakia where he specialised in horn playing and composing.

    Since then he has worked as an orchestral player, jazz musician/composer, community musician and music therapist and is currently Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Chichester where he teaches improvisation, composition, community music and cultural theory, a role he also plays as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Winchester.

    Rod runs regular Lifemusic workshops at home and abroad for people of all backgrounds and abilities, including those working in corporate environments. He also runs a weekly "Singing For Health" group in Chichester, promoting voice-work for health and well-being. His book "Lifemusic: Connecting People To Time" has gained wide recognition as a valuable tool for used by community musicians and teachers. Rod is an active jazz and improvising horn player, working alongside some of the cream of European musicians in this field with whom he has broadcast on BBC R3. His Ascension Jazzmass was described in Jazz Journal International as “a moving testament to the human spirit”. Rod is presently developing plans for a new venture - singing and vocalising according to the Lifemusic method - called Vox Anima.

    Rod's Website

    Email Rod

    Telephone Rod: +44 (0)1243 265880 or +44 (0)7717 416319

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  • 06/30/15--09:53: Clare Tarling
  • Clare is an accomplished musician and works for People First Dorset as a Project Manager. She was the initiator of the successful Speak Up, Make Music project in 2014, and is one of the directors of Lifemusic CIC.

    People First can offer Lifemusic sessions for groups of adults with learning disabilities in Dorset. 

    People First Dorset's website

    Email Clare

    Telephone Clare: 01305 257 600


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  • 07/01/15--00:33: Stuart Jebbitt
  • Stuart is a professional community musician who uses the Lifemusic method as a fantastic way of opening up the benefits of music making to a wide variety of client groups.

    He sees his role as that of facilitator, enabling people to discover (or rediscover!) the value of shared music making, an an inclusive and supportive environment. Stuart aims to get participants over their need to "get it right" and allow themselves to be immersed in the pure joy of making different sounds, tapping into the universal and spiritual language of music.

    Stuart believes that music has the ability to both energise and calm in equal measure, with no harmful side effects.

    Stuart Jebbitt's website

    Email Stuart

    Telephone Stuart: 02380 643978

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  • 07/02/15--05:54: Abigail Mann
  • Abigail is a qualified Lifemusic Practitioner, available for facilitating music-making sessions in health and social care settings. These sessions are all inclusive and provide a welcoming environment in which to freely discover your musical self. There are no wrong notes and every sound has meaning.

    Abigail is a professional singer and qualified singing teacher based in Portsmouth, Hampshire, with 18 years performing experience and over 10 years teaching experience. She strongly believes everybody can sing and feels privileged to have the opportunity to encourage singing and music into people’s lives.

    Email Abigail

    Telephone Abigail: 07815 418916

    Portsmouth and surrounding areas, Hampshire

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  • 07/02/15--08:34: Heike Jenkins
  • Heike gained her certification as a Lifemusic practitioner in 2015, and has run regular drum circles since 2011. She works with a very wide variety of different people including those with mental or physical disabilities, children, mixed groups and charity events.

    Heike enjoys 'in the moment' music-making, having come from a very musical background. Drum and music circles are a dream come true for her, allowing her to share her love of creating music in a group where everyone participates.

    Heike's Website

    Email Heike

    Telephone Heike: 07542 115 055

    Bournemouth, Poole and beyond.

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  • 07/03/15--10:26: Anita Jardine
  • Anita is an experienced performing musician and singer/songwriter with a long track record of using music and songwriting in therapeutic work with young people and adults in health and community settings.

    She says: "Lifemusic training was an enjoyable journey allowing me to develop trust in the improvisational process and bring accessible music making to any context. I am incorporate the Lifemusic method into my songwriting workshops, freeing up people's creative spontaneity."

    Anita has a particular interest in Vox Anima (Lifemusic's vocal work method) and believes that liberating the voice is very good medicine for the soul.

    Anita's Community Music website is currently under construction.

    Anita's personal music Facebook page

    Telephone Anita: 07845024255

    Based in South East England and willing to travel for viable projects.

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  • 07/09/15--00:35: Ken Evans
  • Ken has many strings to his bow, being a working musician, a drums and percussion tutor, a Lifemusic practitioner and a Counsellor with the Gloucester Counselling Service. He has over 30 years experience of working with individuals, families and groups in a wide range of environments, always encompassing the 'whole' person or grouping.

    Ken uses the Lifemusic method to enhance and stimulate creativity, and to explore the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, as well as an individual or a group's connection to their environment.

    Ken believes that when feelings have become hard to vocalise, music-making can speak for us instead.

    Ken's music Facebook page

    Email Ken

    Telephone Ken: 03456 250450 or 07961 325417

    Working in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and Monmouthshire

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  • 07/16/15--09:15: Jon Blend
  • Jon is a community musician, Lifemusician and an experienced arts-psychotherapist (adults and children) working in private practice in West London.

    He tutors on psychotherapy at Minster Centre, Gestalt Centre and internationally. A folk/ rock guitarist, Jon has accompanied musicians and singers since 1969. He is resident musician with Playback South (improvisatory theatre company) and other projects.

    Jon incorporates Lifemusic in his psychotherapy practice and his training work, helping people develop spontaneity and enhance their wellbeing. His published articles include "I Got Rhythm" (International Gestalt Journal, November 2010) and his chapter "Bovvered?" in the book Relational Child, Relational Brain.

    Jon's website

    Email Jon

    Telephone: 020 8992 1982

    London and Greater London

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  • 07/21/15--13:13: Shirley Stump

  • Since Shirley trained as a Lifemusic Practitioner in 2014 she has adopted the Lifemusic principles in all areas of her work. Shirley’s approach is to include and empower and for people to take ownership of their experiences. This year she plans on holding Lifemusic classes for various ages and groups, particularly children. She will be running an after school Lifemusic club at a local primary school and may run some courses in a yurt on a farm in Fernhurst.

    Shirley is a hypnobirth teacher and a doula, Recently she began Reiki training and incorporates this into her work. She also runs Yo Baby - music and movement classes for babies and toddlers with songs, percussion, rhythms and languages from around the world. She works in all areas of the community, from pupil referral units to Sure Start centres;  as well as offering one-to-one sessions for people with disabilities.

    “Experiencing music through the voice, body and external sounds lights your soul and connects you to others around you. Being part of that makes you “feel” and that is why I love the Lifemusic approach to music… it just makes sense. Everyone has the right to experience and enjoy music, we all have the ability to experience and enjoy music and Lifemusic enables that to happen."

    Shirley’s music Facebook pages:

    Yo Baby Music & Movement

    Lifemusic for Kids

    Yo Baby website

    Email Shirley 

    Telephone: 07970 202 473

    Works on the borders or Surrey, West Sussex & Hampshire

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  • 10/26/15--07:52: Christopher North
  • Chris has been a Lifemusic Practitioner since 2012 and its principles are central to his work.

    He's been a teacher, Social Worker in child health, consultant to the County Council on communication and disability and is the Convenor of a Jungian Guild of Pastoral Psychology Group.

    His inclusive Lifemusic sessions are tailored for all ages from pre-school to the older generation.
    In addition to musical instruments, Chris (as appropriate) incorporates fabrics, costumes, puppets, a 'Soundbeam'; dance, movement and art - all of which encourage and stimulate creativity, imagination, communication, confidence and fun as part of the Lifemusic experience.

    In 2004 he set up his Creative Arts Company Freedom Through Fun

    New projects include 'Lifting Poetry Off the Page!' which he's providing in schools and Lifemusic plays a significant part in this.

    Christopher's Website

    Email Christopher

    Telephone: 01243 774392

    50 mile radius of Chichester

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  • 10/26/15--08:35: Janet Ayers
  • Janet is a Natural Vocal Practitioner (2007), Lifemusician (2014) and performer. Founder of Southsea Community choir in 2007 which she still runs today, she has gone onto the use vocal work and singing in the promotion of health and well-being, developing the therapeutic role of group music making for organisations including the Alzheimer's Society, British Lung Foundation, PARCS & Portmsouth Self-Advocay. Established Portsmouth Voices in 2008 and awarded funding for The Saturday Big Sing, Sing for Health and Beating the Blues.

    She also performs (vocals & violin) with a swing trio (Dave Baker Project), a five-piece progressive folk band (Polite Mechanicals) and as a duo with Mathew Parsons. Founding member of the Pompey Pluckers (2009), Portsmouth's Ukulele band.

    Janet has an open and inclusive approach to facilitating singing groups, encouraging all the find their voice to make music. She believes the lifemusic method is a perfect way to engage people in music making that is both enjoyable and challenging. It's a genuinely creative and life affirming experience. To quote Christopher Small: ‘Music is not a thing but an activity, something that people do.’

    Janet's Website
    Janet's Blog
    Janet's Facebook Page

    Telephone: 02392 811802

    Email Janet

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  • 11/02/15--05:03: Caroline Carr

  • Lifemusic Practitioner
    As a Lifemusic practitioner and a Laughter Yoga teacher, Caroline works with a range of age groups and abilities in a variety of settings.

    She is passionate about helping people to connect with their bright side, build inner strength and find joy – even when they are going through a tough time.

    Caroline is the founder of LET THE SUNSHINE IN, a website which offers fun and inspiration for all, whilst also providing support for those whose partners are depressed.  She is a clinical hypnotherapist, a life coach and the author of several self help books.

    Caroline's website

    Email Caroline

    Telephone: 01202 731385 / 0784 620 8378

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  • 12/15/15--02:09: Sharon Burdis
  • Sharon became a qualified Lifemusic practitioner in July 2014.

    She currently runs a day service in Christchurch, Dorset for Adults with Learning Disabilities called Aspire. Service users take part in Lifemusic sessions, art and craft activities, dance and games. Sharon also works in the community as a Lifemusic practitioner, under the business name of Make Music and Smile, working with the elderly, learning disabilities and team building events for large organisations e.g the NHS.

    Sharon also works at a day centre in Bournemouth two days a week running Lifemusic sessions and a choir.

    Make Music And Smile
    Make Music and Smile Facebook Page
    Email Sharon

    Telephone: Mobile 0798 1032619 Home 01202 487131

    Aspire Day Service
    Aspire Facebook Page
    Email Aspire

    Telephone: 0751 9992197

    Area covered: Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset.

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  • 04/26/16--02:59: Tania Cornick
  • Tania studied music for three years at the University of Chichester in West Sussex before completing her Lifemusic training in 2015. Since then she has set up her own company “Melody Through The Mind” based in North Wales.

    Tania has plans to hold Lifemusic workshops in the North of England and North Wales at schools, care homes, community organisations and health care settings.

    Tania is very passionate about her music and loves being able to make a difference in people’s lives. She has seen how Lifemusic can strengthen communities and help people individually with their everyday lives, prompting her to set up “Melody Through The Mind” in order to promote Lifemusic throughout North Wales and North West England.

    Tania is also the lead singer of a band based in North Wales and works part-time as an Activity Coordinator in a care home.

    “In life you have to let the music flow and see where it takes you – Melody through the mind.”

    Area covered: North Wales, Cheshire, Manchester

    Email Tania

    Phone: 07501063057

    Visit Tania's Facebook Page

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  • 02/10/16--02:46: Elspeth Harding
  • Elspeth completed her Lifemusic training in 2015, and was keen to combine this approach with her love of music making, of working with children, and with some of what she’s learned and valued from her recent studies in therapeutic play and the therapeutic arts.

    Having experimented with and adapted the Lifemusic method to her work in a nursery setting, and having presented her findings in an informal and experiential staff training session, Elspeth is now creating a new project called ‘Music in the Moment’, with the aim of offering opportunities for playful and creative music making to more people.

    Elspeth's approach is person-centred, with her primary aim being to create warm and trusting environments in which participants feel safe enough to improvise and express themselves through musical instruments, voice and movement.

    Email Elspeth

    Telephone: 07790 776 774


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  • 05/16/16--01:53: Peter Brown
  • Peter, also known as ‘Digger’ to some, has dabbled with music since his teenage dreams of being David Bowie’s guitarist. Unsurprisingly overlooked, music then played second fiddle (not literally) to his professional career in environmental stuff until 2014. Since then, he has been supporting the Winnall Rock School in Winchester and delivering music / songwriting sessions in youth club, hospice, older persons’ home and school situations. He also gives private music tuition for guitar and ukulele.

    Peter took the Lifemusic Practitioner's Course in 2015 and found its values and techniques complemented his own passions for being ‘in the music’ and bringing out the musician in everyone. As a self-taught, hard-earned ‘hobby musician’, he appreciates that many people’s potential enjoyment of making music can be easily killed off by ‘wrong notes’ and a self-fulfilling belief that you are just not musical. With Lifemusic, he aims to help people overcome this.

    Peter has a range of typical Lifemusic (and rock) instruments and is happy to run a session for you in the Winchester area.

    You can contact Peter via the Winnall Rock School, a brilliant local charity, who will also benefit from his commissions.

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  • 06/29/16--08:18: Angela Inwards
  • Angela Inwards describes herself as eternally young at heart. Angela gained her Lifemusic Practitioner's certificate in 2015. She has over 15 years' experience of working with the elderly in care homes and day centres, including working with those in the advanced stages of dementia.

    She has experience of working with young people from nursery school age right up until early teens with uniformed groups.

    Angela belongs to a choir and is learning to play the alto saxophone. She is a complementary therapist - specialising in EFT, aromatherapy, reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Reiki.

    Married with two grown up children and a Lhasa Apso dog, Angela lives and works in East Dorset.

    Telephone 01202 980908 or 0779 4375767

    Email Angela

    Follow Angela on Twitter