Programme: Music - PhD/MSc by Research

Start date: October 2017

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Investigating humour and improvisation in music therapy

Nicky has been working as a musician and violin teacher all over the UK for the past twenty years. Her interest in understanding improvisation in terms of communication, relationship and health led her to train as a music therapist in 2006.

As a music therapist she has worked in schools and hospitals with children with disabilities, adolescents with mental health issues and older adults with dementia and mental health issues. ​

In addition to music therapy work in the UK, Nicky has been lead music therapist for Music as Therapy International's Project Rwanda since 2010, visiting south-west Rwanda regularly and working with local partners and care staff at two centres for children with disabilities. 

​Nicky enjoys teaching regularly as a visiting lecturer on the MSc Music Therapy Programme at Queen Margaret University.

​​Nicky's research interests are wide-ranging. She is particularly interested in empathetic improvisation; humour, creativity and play in relationships in music therapy; performative and clinical improvisation; and the body in music therapy. Nicky is passionate about cross-disciplinary collaboration across the arts and health spectrum. 

She has published in national and international music therapy journals and is an active member of the Reid School of Music's Concurrent Research Network.