Lifemusic has been developed and refined over a period of more than twenty-five years and has trained over 150 practitioners many of whom now regularly use the method in a wide variety of professional fields including: docial and health care, music therapy, education, community support, team building.
These 150 practitioners are all members of the Guild of Lifemusicians.
Since 2007 Lifemusic has been refined and developed into a specific method of community music practice which has many potential applications all of which have been tested and proven to be beneficial and effective. These include work with disadvantaged groups, in health and social care, particularly mental health and neurological rehabilitation, with young offenders, drug and alcohol dependency, older people (including dementia friendly groups) and with families and children.
Lifemusic is unique in that it can be learned and used by both musically trained and untrained individuals. In fact, training groups have been most successful when made of a roughly equal mix of musically trained individuals working alongside professionals from other spheres. Trainees have therefore included psychotherapists, social workers, health professionals, art therapists, actors, teachers, visual artists, support workers as well as music graduates and professional musicians.
It is from these professions that membership of the Guild has been drawn.