A little about Every Day Harmony

Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention and is an allied health profession. It is delivered by our registered music therapists who are educated to Master’s Level and are all HCPC registered and regulated. Our music therapists are expertly trained to tune into each movement, reaction, and expression of the individuals they work with to discover how music can enrich their lives. This could be to unlock memories, to communicate where words have failed, to socially connect with family and friends, or build confidence and self-esteem.

Dr Michael Swallow

Our charity was originally established in 1990 as the “Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust” by the leading neurologist the (late) Dr Michael Swallow – since then we have updated our name and our branding to “Every Day Harmony Music Therapy”. We are currently the only music therapy organisation in Northern Ireland.

Our Vision

Since our inception in 1990 Every Day Harmony has seen many changes and much growth over the years, but our vision has remained the same.

 We wish to see every child, young person and adult in Northern Ireland receive the level of music therapy service that meets their needs”

Our Objectives

  • To promote understanding amongst the public and health care professionals about the nature and potential of Music Therapy as a treatment for people with varying abilities.
  • To establish and manage a Music Therapy comprehensive regional service throughout Northern Ireland.
  • To provide an education and information service.
  • To act as a resource for research into all aspects of music therapy.

Our Core Values

The services and support offered by Every Day Harmony provide to the community, will be underpinned by what we believe in: 

Our organisation’s values: 

  • Excellence in service provision 
  • Accessible to all 
  • Open & Transparent 
  • Based on Evidence 

Our therapist’s values:

  • Determination in making an IMPACT
  • Working together as a TEAM

Our Impact

Music Therapy helps people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability by supporting their psychological, emotional, physical, communicative and social needs. Because Music Therapy does not depend on the ability to sing, play an instrument or even speak, it is a particularly effective clinical intervention for people who have difficulty communicating verbally.

It is an effective intervention for individuals with 

  • Learning disabilities
  • Autistic Spectrum disorder
  • Physical disabilities including neurological problems
  • Development delay
  • Mental health problems including psychological trauma and stress
  • Brain Injury
  • Dementia
  • Emotional / behavioural difficulties
  • Palliative care

We work in partnership with nearly 50 organisations to bring music therapy to as many vulnerable people who could benefit from it as possible.

We are proud of some important numbers in 2019


Hours of Music therapy delivered by our team


Individual sessions prepared and executed


Group sessions held by various teams across the area


Individuals directly benefitted from our Music Therapy service


Individuals have indirectly benefitted from the services

50 organisations

Bringing music therapy to as many vulnerable people as possible. 

Making a donation

Every donation is appreciated and will be used to help change the lives of children, young people and adults across Northern Ireland through music therapy.
Thank you!