About Us


Katy Bignold, Music Therapist

Katy Bignold trained in music therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She worked for Newham Music Trust before setting up East London Music Therapy in 2013.

 

Katy has experience of working with children who have a wide range of needs including developmental delay, speech and language disorders, autistic spectrum conditions, selective mutism, cerebral palsy, profound and multiple learning disabilities and high level complex needs. She is also experienced at working with children who have emotional and behavioural difficulties, and where there is a history of attachment difficulties or trauma.

 

Katy is a clinical placement supervisor for students on the MA Music Therapy course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is also a BAMT registered supervisor.

 

 

Alice Baxter, Music Therapist

Alice Baxter trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated in 2015. She has since been working for East London Music Therapy.

 

Alice has a range of experience of working with children with special needs including autism, Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy and speech and language disorders. Alongside her experience of working with children, Alice has also worked with adults who have mental health disorders as well as using music therapeutically in care homes for the elderly.

 

Alice is involved in a charity which is developing therapeutic music in Moldova, specifically working with younger children. Alice’s main instrument is the recorder which she uses regularly in sessions, alongside a range of other instruments.

 

 

Nick O’Donnell-Smith trained in music therapy at Nordoff Robbins. He graduated in 2014 and has since been working as a music therapist.


Nick has worked with children who have a wide range of needs including autism, global developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, profound and multiple learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioural difficulties. He also has experience of working in a range of other settings, including with adult and child cancer patients, adults with mental health and addiction problems, and elderly people suffering from dementia and other neurological conditions.


Nick has also undertaken voluntary work at several charities, where he has used music therapeutically with disadvantaged people.

 

 

Kate Rawstron trained as a music therapist at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has since worked in special education before joining East London Music Therapy.
 
Kate has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including the NHS and mainstream and special education. She has experience working with individuals with a range of needs including autism, profound and multiple learning difficulties, speech and language disorders, emotional and behavioural difficulties, Batten Disease and Retts Syndrome. Kate has also worked within acute adult mental health and in care homes for people with dementia.
 
Kate has a special interest in how music can support early child development and has run interactive classes for parents/carers and their children, offering ideas of how to use music as a key tool for targeting emotional, developmental, social and communication needs.