About Us and our great personalities

Who are we?

ELM Music Therapy offers a freelance and private music therapy service in Aberdeen and shire for people of any ability. Please email us for a price quote.

ELM Music Therapy’s therapists are registered with the UK Health and Care councils profession (HCPC) which is widely used to help those whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability.

Meet Emmeline

  • Emmeline McCracken

  • Music Therapist

Emmeline McCracken graduated from the MSc Music Therapy course (Nordoff Robbins) in June with distinction. Prior to commencing this course she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a 2:1 music degree.

Emmeline has had experience in a wide variety of clinical settings with both adults and children within a range of varying needs including; cerebral palsy, ADHD, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and fatigue, social and emotional difficulties and a variety of mental health conditions including depression and bi-polar disorder.

Her particular interests lie however firstly with autism. Emmeline has worked for the Lothian Autistic Society for over four years providing care work but also having musical inputs in various settings and her undergraduate thesis focussed on autism and music.

Secondly, Emmeline has spent a great deal of time in the Balkans, in particular Bosnia and Herzegovina, working with adults and children with post traumatic stress disorder and other additional support needs from a variety of causes but mainly from the conflicts in this region.

Emmeline’s first instrument is the violin but she also plays piano, sings and enjoys percussion instruments. She particularly likes to find the right music and ways of using music to connect with everyone, whether this be classical or rap or by including art, dance and movement within music making also.


Meet Jeanne

Jeanne Laidlaw

Music Therapist

Jeanne Laidlaw graduated from the MSc Music Therapy course with merit at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, in June 2018. Jeanne studied Understanding the Autism Spectrum at the Open University in 2013, after graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Popular Music in 2010.

Jeanne has had experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including a residential care centre and a mainstream secondary school. Jeanne has worked with adults with acquired brain injury, adults with dementia and adolescents with social and emotional difficulties and additional support needs.

Jeanne has worked as an instrumental music instructor and music tutor in a variety of educational and community settings. Jeanne has had several years of experience working with children with additional support needs.

Jeanne’s first instruments are drum-kit and percussion but she also plays guitar, keyboard, piano and enjoys singing.