Music student Hannah Carnell is laying the foundations for a career in music therapy thanks to the skills gained during her degree course.

Hannah was in the second year of her BA (Hons) Popular Music when she decided she wanted to work in music therapy after liaising with our careers advice team about future employment prospects.

Tutor Susan Donnelly put Hannah in contact with staff at Qdos Creates, a Barnsley-based organisation which delivers performances, workshops and accredited courses regionally and nationally for young people and adults.

The 21-year-old, of Hoyland, has since volunteered at Qdos Creates for 18 months, running workshops and helping to deliver music-related activities for vulnerable people in community settings. This has allowed her to gain valuable experience and knowledge of music therapy before she completes her studies in the summer.

Hannah said: “I’ve never been more sure about what I wanted to do as a career as I am now. I’ve always been in love with music, but being able to have the opportunity to combine it with something as valuable and helpful as giving back to the community and other people is something I’m so thankful to be involved in.

“I can’t thank my tutor Susan enough and the staff at Qdos Creates, who have given me an opportunity filled with future prospects and resourceful skills.

“Being involved in work experience opportunities in a number of different areas has led me to decide to complete a Masters degree in Music Therapy in the near future. I’m excited and, more importantly, feel prepared for what lies ahead for a future career for myself.”

Katrina Whale, General Manager at Qdos Creates, added: “Hannah’s willingness to engage and participate in the group makes her an excellent team player and a valuable contributor to the sessions who always brings with her a bundle of positive energy.

“Hannah has developed her confidence in leading activities for the group and using her musical skill in a therapeutic manner. She has enhanced her understanding of working with vulnerable adults and the challenges that need to be overcome to make the sessions successful, inclusive and fun.”

Find out more about our BA (Hons) Popular Music and other music courses.