Steven Lyons

PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant

Performance Studies; Performance Research; Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Education and Training
MSc Music, Mind & Brain, Goldsmiths University of London (2013)
MA Music therapy, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (2006)
BA (Hons) English & Music, University of Plymouth (2002)

Research & Professional
Arts therapies and evidence for value and impact; mixed method and arts based research; clinical trial feasibility

Lyons, S. (2015) The Guitar. A case study. In: Ed Oldfield, A., Tomlinson, J., Loombe, D. Flute, Accordion or Clarinet? Using Characteristics of Our Instruments in Music Therapy London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Lyons, S. (2012). Music Therapy in Mainstream Schools. Spoken paper at the Music Therapy and Dramatherapy conference. Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge UK

Lyons, S. (2012). An Improvisational Music Group for Adults with Autism. Spoken paper presentation at the Nordic Music Therapy Congress. Jyvaskyla, Finland

Upcoming Project
My PhD is exploring the value of a community based music and dance/movement psychotherapy group for older adults with dementia.  The first stage of this project was a systematic review and evidence synthesis, the protocol of which can be found below:         

Steven Lyons, Vicky Karkou, Brenda Roe, Bonnie Meekums. What is the evidence for music therapy and dance movement therapy for older adults with dementia? PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015029463 Available from


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