Galway Music Therapy

Music has been an integral part of my life from a very young age. I could sing before I could talk! As an adolescent my headphones were virtually glued to my head influencing how I dressed and dictating my social circles.  Music still offers me many opportunities to grow and connect with others. Outside of therapy I pursue many music activities for my own expression including playing in a rock band, directing or accompanying choirs across a wide range of genres and as an organist participating in liturgical music.

My musical education began in earnest with a scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music Manchester followed by a degree in music performance at the Royal Academy of Music London. From there I began working in education in both the UK and Australia within the private sector. This offered an opportunity to work within a flexible curriculum where energies were balanced between classroom and extra-curricular music making. My experience of working within the boarding school environment placed an important focus on the pastoral care of young people.

Ronan De Burca

Ronan De Burca

After 11 years I left the field of education to pursue musical pathways. This included a spell at sea working within the entertainment industry. Many of the most significant musical interactions during this phase involved connecting with people who were convalescing. I returned to Ireland in 2011 with an open mind and was able to engage in some voluntary work as a music facilitator with adults with autism. This confirmed my own vocational urge to pursue Music Therapy as a career path. I subsequently undertook the two year Masters Programme in Music Therapy at the University of Limerick.

Since graduating in 2014 I have worked part time for Music Therapy Ireland in Limerick and independently around the west and midlands. As the founder of Music Therapy Galway I am committed to developing music therapy in this region. I am also committed to ongoing professional development. In 2015 I attended the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Summer School in London. This year (2016) I will attend the British Association of Music Therapy Biannual Seminar in Glasgow. This ensures that my work is informed by latest research and best practice. I also engage in regular supervision with a senior music therapist so that I can continue to offer the best possible service to my clients and monitor my own therapeutic development.

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