An Isle Full of Noises: Enhancing Mental Health Through the Music Workshop Project


Tony Gillam


Groupwork: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Working with Groups




The Music Workshop Project provides regular opportunities for people with a range of mental health problems to express themselves through music. Along with the therapeutic effects of being creative it aims to encourage people to develop interpersonal skills through improvisational groupwork. Formed in 1995, the project appears to have been very successful. Recent years have seen a trend within mental health towards evidence-based practice so as to provide services and interventions that are demonstrably effective. In the light of this, it was decided to research the effectiveness of the project in an attempt to elicit the views of service users and local mental health staff. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Improvisation; Interpersonal Problems; Mental Health; Music Medicine; Psychological Outcomes; Quality of Life; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

Music Workshop Project; mental health problems; interpersonal skills; improvisational groupwork; program evaluation; Group Psychotherapy; Interpersonal Interaction; Mental Disorders; Mental Health Program Evaluation

Study Type

Editorials, Opinions, Position Papers

Document Type