Rebecca Sayers known as Becca Sayers
MA Music therapy, UWE (distinction)
Dip.M.Th (GSMD – York)
BMus (Hons) Royal Northern College of Music
Rebecca Sayers qualified as a music therapist in 2003 from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, then gained her MA from UWE in 2015. Until 2011 she worked in the North West, specialising in music therapy with children in schools and at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. She is currently based in Cardiff working with children and adults with autism, and runs a singing group for people with lung conditions: ‘Singing for Lung Health Cardiff’. Rebecca works closely with other arts therapists through the ‘Creative Therapies Collective’. She has a private practice as a music therapy supervisor.
Between 2003 – 2011 Becca worked as a freelance music therapist and for music therapy charities MusicSpace North West and Nordoff Robbins North West with children in schools and hospitals. In special needs schools she specialised in working with children with communication difficulties, PMLD and autism. As part of Manchester city council’s emotional and trauma support team she worked in mainstream schools supporting children who were refugees and asylum seekers.
From 2006 – 2011 she was the music therapist at the Royal Manchester Children’s hospital where she worked with children being treated for cancer, those with acquired brain injury or learning disability, and with patients in the CAMHS facility.
In Wales Becca has worked with local groups and organisations such as Barnardos, Penarth Arts and Crafts, Upbeat music and Arts and AgeCymru. Clients include adults living with dementia in care homes, young parents and babies, children with autism, adults with autism, children and young people with learning disabilities, and children with complex emotional needs.
Becca is a member of the advisory panel for the charity ‘Music as Therapy International’. She is the chairperson of the Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum (WATAF) and between 2013-2019 was the WATAF representative on the Welsh Government advisory panel WTAC.
Hughes, R. (2003) Music therapy. Student BMJ (11) p.76
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