“ Josie is more than supportive and willing to respond to any need in a flexible way, ”

A.M, Derry/Londonderry


Brian Stafford


Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin


Benno Hunziker, Basel


Dr Josie Nugent

Music Therapy (MA), Biological Sciences (PhD)

I am a skilled and intuitive musician from an Irish folk music background. I graduated with a Masters degree in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Prior to becoming a music therapist, I pursued a post-doctorate research career in biological sciences while resident in Cambridge, England, with many critically acclaimed publications following successful international collaborations. Read more about my research in biological sciences here. While this career was intellectually fulfilling I had an inner wish to use my musical skills to work with people in a caring profession that could enhance their social and emotional well-being.

I found that music therapy offered me the chance to do so, where people can be encouraged and inspired to self-express through the creative use of music thereby empowering their social, emotional and mental well-being. I currently work independently as a music therapist providing services to all age groups and in outreach autism, dementia and adult services across Northern Ireland.

I am also dedicated and active as a community musician and take part in cross-community music workshops as a presenter and performer. As part of the Derry / Londonderry City of Culture 2013 programme, I was a member of the committee responsible for creating and co-ordinating the Singing the Bridge festival and the Traditions of Ulster cross-community workshops. I have recently been appointed the role of music coach and mentor for Musicians without Borders Community Music Trainee Project commencing in Derry / Londonderry Sept 2014.

In addition to my work as a music therapist and community musician, I work as a music educator and instructor for fiddle workshops and masterclasses for musicians of all ages and abilities. I regularly present at the annual Scoil Éigse workshops at the All-Ireland Fleadh and continue to prepare young musicians for success at regional and All-Ireland competitions. My interest in Irish folk music has resulted in collaborations and critically acclaimed recordings including Hills and Hollows (2010) and The Caves of Cong (2014).