About Me

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About me

After a music degree at Durham University, I was a primary school teacher for four years before becoming a professional Music Therapist in 1997.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to work in varied settings, both in the private and public sector, with adults and children with a wide range of needs.  I have also been involved with various projects, (see examples below).  For many years, I worked for the Music Therapy charity Key Changes and also for Music as Therapy International, where I developed roles as a trainer and clinical supervisor.   I am now based in Hove and have a varied private, freelance practice within Sussex.     

Fifteen years ago, informed by practice with people with learning difficulties I developed an interest in voice work for authentic expression – something which became the subject of my master’s dissertation.   Recently, I have become interested in receptive music psychotherapy and the wider creative arts; and am currently undertaking a Masters in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education. It is this deep inquiry into the nature of the creative process and its relationship with our sense of identity, which feeds into my present work as a professional Music Therapist, Supervisor and trainee practitioner in Music Imagery Psychotherapy.

As an HCPC-registered professional music therapist, I abide by their ethical standards and codes of practice. I am in regular clinical supervision and undertake continual professional development. I have up-to-date DBS certificates and am fully insured.

  • BA in Music from Durham University 1988
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Kingston University 1992
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Music Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University 1997
  • Masters in Music Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University 2002
  • Foundation Training in Voicework with First Nature, Lewes, East Sussex 2004
  • Voice Coach in Voicework with First Nature, 2006
  • Voice Practitioner Training with Natural Voice Network 2006
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills with the Counselling Training and Psychotherapy Academy 2014
  • Advanced Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts. Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education 2016
  • Fellowship in Music and Imagery. Association for Music and Imagery. In Training
  • MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education. In Training.
Projects and Publications
  • To download some of these publications, go to the Evidence-based Projects page within Music Therapy  
  • The Significance of Voicework for Clients with Learning Disabilities. MA Dissertation validated by Anglia Ruskin University 2002
  • A Short Pilot Project Investigating the Benefits of Music Therapy Group Work in an Acute and Intensive Care Ward.” (2008) Through Key Changes Music Therapy. Quantitative and qualitative evidence was gathered from 4 consecutive sessions across two wards. 
  • An Extended Evaluation Project, Investigating the Benefits of Longer-Term Group Music Therapy in a Mental Health Rehabilitation Setting. (2010). A Key Changes Music Therapy project, where quantitative and qualitative evidence was gathered from 20 sessions across two wards. 
  • This report was also published in an article. Key Changes Music Therapy. An Extended Pilot Project in a Mental Health Setting. C. Rowland and B. Read. (2011) Volume 1. British Journal of Music Therapy.
  • A Pilot Project Investigating the Therapeutic Effects of Receptive Music Therapy within a community-based Cancer Care Centre. (2009). Through the Richmond Music Service. 20 receptive music therapy sessions were given to people who regularly attended the Centre. Recipients were invited to feedback their impressions. Evidence was quantitatively and qualitatively based. 
  • Intercultural Skills-sharing in Music Therapy. A.Quin and C. Rowland (2016) Intercultural Arts Therapies Research. Issues and Methodologies, Edited by D Dokter and M.H De Zarate. Routledge.
  • Echoes from India. A Preliminary Exploration of the Musical Tradition from Ancient India and its Relevance for the UK Profession”. C. Rowland Unpublished article. (2006) 
  • Skills Sharing Training Manual.     How to Train Others to Share Their Music Skills.  Written for the Charity Music as Therapy International as part of their skills-sharing programme.   (2011)
  • Guidelines for Working as a Freelance Music Therapist, available for Music Therapists on the British Association for Music Therapy website.  Please contact me for further information.