Sakura was created with a vision of using music therapy skills in a creative and flexible way, personalised to those accessing it and focused around making music together. I believe music is a powerful way to connect with people holistically, meeting a wide range of human needs from social to spiritual. Working with charities, community services and individuals, I believe in making music available to everyone. I am often asked, “What is music therapy?” While there are a range of definitions and justifications for music therapy, my focus is mainly “What do you need it to be?”
Having qualified from The University of Huddersfield with commendations for both her music degree and PGCE, Rebecca began her career as a teacher in a school for students with Special Needs. After working her way up to Lead Teacher for Performing Arts, Rebecca left education seeking a more direct approach to making music with people. Her career took a different turn as she became an Activities Co-Ordinator in a Residential Care Home, balancing this with raising her two small children. All of these experiences led her to realise her dream and become a Music Therapist in the Nordoff Robbins approach, developing the idea for Sakura as she qualified. Rebecca now works in a variety of settings including care homes, community services, and with private individuals.