WHO AM I?
Let me introduce myself …
My name is Joanna Kusnierek and I provide music therapy services in Northampton.
A bit about my past.
I graduated from the Music Academy named after Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Poznan, Poland, specialisation: Music with Care and Education Pedagogy (method and practice of teaching), – (comparable to BTEC Level 5/SQA Higher National Diploma standard) and I also graduated from the Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland with a Bachelors degree in Music Therapy.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, which allows me to practice Music Therapy in the United Kingdom and I was a member of the British Association for Music Therapy for a number of years.
I feel privileged to share my love of music with others using music therapy. Music is such a powerful tool and it gives me a wonderful feeling to see the effect it can have on individuals.
Outside of my music therapy work, I have extensive experience as a Support and Care Worker. I started my journey in 2007 supporting young adults with additional needs at Moulton College, Northamptonshire, as a Learning Support Assistant. The students I supported had varying degrees of learning difficulties and disabilities that included: Down’s Syndrome, Prader Willy, Cerebral Palsy, anxiety and trauma, Learning Disorders, Fragile X Syndrome and Autism.
I also supported SEN children in the pre-school and school settings.
I quickly realised that this was an area of work I really enjoyed and have been actively involved for the last 15 years, expanding my knowledge to include dementia care, brain injury and Parkinson’s disease.
What I found interesting was that almost all the people I supported loved listening to music. Many of them had CD players and very impressive and diverse CD music collections. However, it frustrated me to find that there was very little or no additional musical activities offered, when the clients obviously enjoyed participating in them and responded positively.
This got me thinking, so I have created ‘MHarmony Music Therapy Services’ to follow my dreams and passion for music, and am excited to start improving the quality of life for my clients.
There is no demarcation in music and it should be made available to all.
If you would like to find out a bit more about me, please read my blog post 'Why Joanna loves music'.