About Laura

Laura is an experienced community musician and sensory storyteller - working with groups and individuals who have additional physical, mental or developmental needs, using music and sensory stimuli to make connections. Prior to that she has been a storyteller and registered childminder. Laura is also one of the four directors of Lifemusic CIC, a social enterprise and community music organisation dedicated to re-connecting individuals and groups to their own innate musicality.

Laura believes that everyone is musical and that there is no such thing as a 'wrong' note. She runs workshops and programmes that demonstrate how improvised music-making using drums and other instruments is a unique activity, combining proven health-promoting strategies - including self-expression, group support, nurturing, exercise, and stress reduction.

In the past Laura has worked with new mothers and their babies, small children, schools, childminder and playgroups; in day-centres for adults with learning difficulties; in rehabilitation sessions for those with acquired brain injuries; with women's groups and with people for whom English was a second language; in care homes and play centres. She pursues a rigorous programme of continued professional and self-development.

As well as being a qualified Remo HEALTHRhythms and a Lifemusic practitioner, Laura is one of the first recipients of an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Drumming from the Therapeutic Drumming Foundation in Nottingham. She has completed Arthur Hull's Drum Circle Facilitator Training training three times. She is an accomplished guitarist, singer, percussionist and songwriter.

Professional memberships include  the Musicians' Union, Arts and Health South West, Sound Sense (an organisation for Community Musicians), Bournemouth Creatives and The Arts Poole. She is married with two children and lives in Poole.