My first musical experiences were at a young age growing up in
South Wales. I had piano lessons and also enjoyed singing in my local
church choir from the age of seven. This love of music and particularly
singing continued throughout my teenage years as I sang in various school
and church choirs, played organ in a chapel and also competed in local
singing competitions. From the age of 15 I had singing lessons and
achieved my Grade Eight Singing with Distinction in 2001.
At the age of 18 I left Wales to study Music at Bristol University. I
continued to develop as a musician here through my studies, choral
singing and also by taking part in various musicals and operas. By this
time I also had a strong interest in working with children with learning
disabilities, which resulted in me carrying out some voluntary work for
the National Autistic Society. Immediately after university I worked as
a Learning Support Assistant in an infants school in Bristol supporting
a young child with autism. At the same time I did a part-time Masters
qualification in the Psychology of Music. In my summer holidays I returned
to Wales where I worked for a company called Interplay providing play
activities for children with various disabilities.
Over time I became aware of the various benefits of Music Therapy and
realised it was a career I wanted to pursue as it brought together two
main aspects of my life – music and working with people with learning
disabilities. In 2007 I was offered a place to train as a Music Therapist
at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. I graduated from the
course in 2009 having gained experience in a variety of settings including
a psychiatric unit, special schools and a day centre for adults with
My current work includes:
I have a Masters degree in Music Therapy (with Merit) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
As a Music Therapist, I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
This means that I trained on a validated course. I also maintain their standards,
meaning I am fit to practice as a Music Therapist. I receive regular supervision
of my work and keep up to date with my Continuing Professional Development.
I am also a Trustee and Professional Development Officer for the British Association for Music Therapy.
Belinda Lydon BA (Hons) MA MA Music Therapy