Elle Williams

BSc Mus (Open), MA Mus (Open), MISM

Specialist Musician & Company Director


I'm a classically trained professional musician with a portfolio career. My principle instrument is the classical guitar, though I'm increasingly called upon as a multi-instrumentalist to work  with contemporary guitar styles, bass, piano, strings, harp, percussion, voice and some woodwind and brass.


I have enjoyed a successful performing career as a concert classical guitar soloist and as a session artist playing  electric guitar for live tours and commercial recording work throughout Europe. I still perform from time to time, mainly as a classical guitarist for ceremonies, functions and charity events. Find out more about performance here.


I have twenty years experience as a peripatetic instrumental tutor both privately and in schools and have worked with students with special educational needs throughout my career.  My educational offering is now tailored solely for those with additional requirements.  I work with therapeutic insight, drawing on educational and music psychology concepts and using improvisation as a basis for my teaching. My practice is supervised by a clinical music therapy supervisor and I am a member of BAMT. You can find out more about specialist tuition here


I am a trained Musician in Healthcare, having worked with District Musicians CIC to deliver music sessions for older people in a secure dementia assessment unit. I trained as an apprentice with Opus Music CIC in hospitals across the East Midlands and am a member of The National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare (NAMIH). I qualified in drum circle facilitation as a workshop leader for Musicians Without Borders in Amsterdam in 2018.


I graduated from The Open University with a Bachelor's degree in 2006, Master's in 2013 and am prepraring to start my PhD research in the near future. I continue to evolve as a musician and practitioner and have an unsiatiable appetite for CPD. I work on a freelance basis, across the Midlands and further afield by request.  I am fully qualified, insured and have enhanced DBS clearance.


Away from work, I enjoy playing the viola with First Position Strings and Sheffield Viola Ensemble.



recent CPD 


Apr 2020

Drake Music Webinar: Getting the best out of iPads for music


Mar 2020

Chiltern Music Therapy: Making Therapy Digital


Snape Maltings, Suffolk: MOT for Musicians working in challenging circumstances


Feb 2020

Drake Music Webinar: Career Development for Music Leaders


Dec 2019
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Conference


Nov 2019
Guitar Workshop & Playday



ISM: The Incorporated Society of Musicians
BAMT: British Association for Music Therapy

SEMPRE: Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research

NAMIH: The National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare



2006: The Open University BSc Mus (Open)
2013: The Open University MA Mus (Open)

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