Engaging through music

ELM Music Therapy offers professional and private music therapy services in the North East of Scotland.

ELM Music Therapists – Nadine Allan and Emmeline McCracken

The ELM Team – 2023: Emmeline McCracken, Nadine Allan, Unna Ou & Hannah Quigley

Private Music Therapy

At ELM Music Therapy we offer a wide variety of private music therapy sessions. These sessions can be for individual clients or we often work with siblings and families.

Music Therapy in Schools

At ELM Music Therapy we undertake a great deal of work in schools. This includes mainstream schools, ASN bases and PMLD schools.

Music Therapy with Charities

ELM Music Therapy currently work with a number of charities. They work most frequently with Team Jak, a charity supporting children with Cancer and also with the Archie Foundation in the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. They also provide regular group therapy sessions for the charity Charlie House and group music therapy sessions for young carers supported by Barnardo’s.


ELM Music Therapy has been providing successful music therapy sessions in the North East of Scotland since 2014 and continues to grow.


ELM Music therapy regularly supports students from the music therapy course at Queen Margaret University and music in the community students from the University of Edinburgh. Emmeline has also provided a number of seminars at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen.


All of the music therapists at ELM Music Therapy are registered with the Health Care Professional’s Council.

“I’m very grateful for the beautiful days that you gave to my son. In 13 years and after all that has happened to us, through losing his father it was not until the day he met you he smiled again, and said that he was happy… thank you.”

“Emmeline is a very gentle, welcoming and compassionate person. She helps to make children feel safe, motivated and curious to explore the therapeutic benefits of music. ”

“I would recommend ELM music therapy with no hesitation. Emmeline’s approach and conduct are welcoming and reassuring. She adapts to the child and family’s needs in a very professional and knowledgeable way.”

“Emmeline is very good at teaching piano.  She is always smiling and is very patient. She makes everything clear for you understand and because of Emmeline I think I’m going to be a very good pianist!”

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