About Us

Katy Bignold

Katy Bignold, Music Therapist

Katy trained in music therapy at the Guildhall School, graduating in 2009. She worked for Newham Music Trust before setting up East London Music Therapy in 2013.


Katy specialises in working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also experienced in working with children who have developmental delay, speech and language disorders, and complex needs.


Katy provides music therapy for schools as well as in private practice. She is currently  studying for an MSc in Psychology at the University of East London. She is a clinical placement supervisor for students on the MA Music Therapy course at the Guildhall School, and she is registered as a clinical supervisor with the British Association for Music Therapy.


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.


Katy Bignold, Music Therapist

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.