Collaborations & projects


The Buddy Beat

Buddy Beat

Out of all my collaborations the project which has generated most interest so far has been the award-winning community drumming group, 'The Buddy Beat'.  Founded to promote social inclusion among mental health service users. This 'joins up' opportunities for engagement from acute in-patient care, all the way to the community.  Now in its 10th year, this award-winning drumming group for mental health service users goes from strength to strength.

And for the group's take on it, have a look at the video below:

An Occupational Therapist's perspective:


'healing rhythms'

Other current Collaborations

NHS Renfrewshire Mental Health Services:  Jane has an ongoing engagement with the NHS - bringing music throughout the wards in the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Dykebar Hospital, Paisley: ranging from rehab and recovery, to older adult mental health services.

Vox Liminis – ‘In Tune’: Working in two Scottish prisons, developing family music making sessions with imprisoned parents, their children, and their primary carers.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra – ‘Reconnect’ Project –now in its 5th year. Jane has been principal trainer and workshop leader – working alongside musicians from the orchestra to create music with people with dementia in hospital.


music connecting people!

previous Collaborations

Drum Circle Facilitators Guild - speaker for 2011 and 2017 conference, Myrtle Beach , USA

Asian Rhythm Facilitators Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 2016, keynote speaker and two-day ‘Therapeutic Rhythm Communication’ course.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra – consultancy for Young People in Hospital Project

Scottish Chamber Orchestra – training for ‘Reconnect’ project for people in hospital with dementia.

Taal, Inc – ‘Find your Inner Rhythm’ workshops in Pune, Bangalore, and Mumbai, India

Korean Drum Circles Research Society – half-day Therapeutic Rhythm Communication workshop

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland - in-service workshop for music therapists

Kids Classics, Ireland – rhythm skills for music in health work

Polyphony music project, Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow - staff training

Scottish Association of Music Educators - conference workshop on Community Rhythm circles, and music for social development (4 return visits)

In-Takt, University of Dortmund, Germany -  conference for teachers of music with people with special needs 4-day extended workshop in community rhythm circles (4 return visits)

Strathclyde University - part-time tutor in community music

Manchester University – Guest Lecturer in music in healthcare settings

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – guest lecturer in community music

De Montfort University - lecture for Community Arts MA course

Royal School of Church Music - percussion workshop

Edinburgh international Harp Festival - world percussion workshops (3 return visits)

Presbyterian Association of Musicians (USA) - workshops for east and west coast, and Texan conferences 

Harmony, Hope and Healing - training for music project with the homeless in Chicago

BUPA residential care homes - staff training in music making and dementia