How music to our ears can become a Care Aid will be our December Edge Talk with Ignar Rip and Grace Watts.

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This Edge Talk aims to raise awareness of the Power of music in the NHS.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to use music to support patient care.
  • Learn how to inspire and motivate family, patients and staff.
  • Learn to use music as a method of patient and staff engagement.


Ignar Rip @MuziekGeluk

Ignar Rip is from The Netherlands. His passion is to integrate people’s favourite music into their daily care so that it supports their care aid, health and wellbeing and becomes a ‘help engine’ for the brain.

Those with a range of conditions such as dementia, Parkinsons can all benefit from hearing music.

Ignar’s journey started when he and his father cared for his mother, who had Alzheimer’s for more than 10 years. During these years he integrated his mother’s favourite music into her daily care. Ignar did not think that playing music when waking up and going to sleep was particularly special, and assumed it was common practice by caregivers.

When Ignar found out this was not the case, it had a huge impact on him. He wanted to ensure every care worker could benefit from the power of music, which would make their work become easier and benefit everybody with dementia as it enables them to find shelter, happiness and peace through their music.

Ignar created a three-step plan, in both English and Dutch and was then then approached by people asking for him to give training and lectures. Now Ignar trains nurses, gives lectures and advises healthcare organisations.

Find our more about Ignar here


Grace Watts @Grace_Watts_

Grace Watts has worked as a music therapist at the Cheyne Child Development Service at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust Hospital for almost four years. In that time, she has been involved in the international randomised control trial exploring music therapy for children with autism (TIME-A), and delivered music therapy in community settings.  Currently, she is exploring how music therapy can play a supportive role within maternity service for women, their families and staff. Alongside this, Grace is the Development Director for the British Association for Music Therapy. As a music therapist, Grace has worked in a variety of educational, and adult mental health settings.