Hilary Davies is a Health and Care Professions Council-registered Music Therapist, specialising in  music therapy with autistic people. She is currently working on PhD research related to neurodiversity-affirmative music therapy with autistic people, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (funded by the Guildhall EDI in Music Therapy PhD Studentship), and she has also published work on this topic, most recently a book chapter in collaboration with Michael Bakan (professor of ethnomusicology at Florida State University).

Hilary has presented her work on neurodiversity-affirmative music therapy at various conferences including the European Music Therapy Conference 2022 and the World Congress of Music Therapy 2023, as well as guest lecturing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the University of the West of England.  S

he is the founder and co-ordinator of the British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT) Network for Disabled Music Therapists, has worked as Secretary for the Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum, and is on the editorial board for Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy.

Hilary has a Masters degree in Music Therapy (with distinction) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and also studied Music at the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College). Prior to re-training as a Music Therapist she worked as a music teacher and performer: she plays flute, violin, piano, guitar and crwth (Welsh bowed lyre) as well as writing and performing her own songs and compositions.

Upcoming Short Courses

The Voice in Neurodiversity Affirmative Music Therapy with Autistic People
Tuesday 23rd April 2024
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
(London Time)

The Voice in Neurodiversity Affirmative Music Therapy with Autistic People

Hilary Davies

This lecture, delivered from a lived experience perspective, will begin with an explanation of the key concepts around neurodiversity, the neurodiversity paradigm, and some neurodiversity-informed theories within autism research, including a brief exploration of autistic communication and culture.