First View – Conference report (published on 14 April 2017)
Examining the utility of music interventions for children with learning disabilities
Examining the utility of music interventions for children with learning disabilities | 28 November 2016 | Royal Society of Medicine; Live Music Now | London, UK
Beth Pickard is a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Wales and a music therapist with a particular interest in disability studies and inclusive practice. Beth received the McMullen Disability Prize from the University of the West of England for her work on self-identity, neurorehabilitation and music therapy and the Principal’s Award for her research into music and Down’s Syndrome at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Whilst working in education with a focus on additional learning needs and disability, Beth completed an MSc Applied Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities with the University of Portsmouth and informs her practice with an understanding of the social model of disability. Beth is a trustee of the Birmingham based charity ‘Melody’ which promotes instrumental tuition and musical opportunities for children and young people who have learning disabilities.