THE FORFAR Inner Wheel welcomed speaker Mary Veal to their November meeting.
Mary Veal gave a fascinating insight into her job as a Music Therapist based in Dundee but serving all of Tayside. She is well known in Angus musical circles as a performer and conductor, in fact she currently conducts the Angus Choral.
Born into a musical household, Mary knew from an early age that music would play a large part in her life. She trained to be a music teacher studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow before teaching at Menzieshill High School and then at Kingspark School.
While teaching, Mary realised the importance of music as a way for children with profound communication difficulties to be able to explore the world - to be able to express themselves and communicate their feelings to others. So Mary retrained as a Music Therapist in 2006 and currently works for Nordoff - Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland. Her enthusiasm for her job shone through everything she explained to the ladies and the therapeutic aspect of her work was cleverly explained by use of a video extract of her working with a young girl with no speech who is on the autistic spectrum.
However, Mary works one-to-one with both adults and children with a variety of needs often using improvised music and a huge array of instruments to encourage a response. Music therapy is grounded on the belief that everyone can respond to music no matter how ill or disabled.
For more information please access the Nordoff-Robbins web site at www.nordoffrobbinsscotland.org.uk.
Meanwhile, the members of Inner Wheel have a busy month ahead with a visit to the Mud House at Logie Pert and Carol Singing at Lochbank House.