Otakar Kraus Music Trust

OKMT

A key to a better quality of life through the power of music

What We Do

We provide music therapy and music projects for children, young people and adults with physical, learning, neurological or psychological difficulties

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Big News!

OKMT is delighted to have been chosen as one of the Charities of the Mayor of Richmond-upon-Thames for 2019-2020. Lots of events are planned so watch this space!

LATEST NEWS

Online Music Sessions

“Thank you for all you do, OKMT, it is making such a difference to my daughter” 

OKMT has responded to the Covid 19 pandemic by supporting over 100 children and adults with online music therapy or music lessons. We are providing online OK Music School lessons to 36 children and young people with disabilities while in lockdown, helping them to relax and flourish even in these difficult times.

Our OK Youth Choir is meeting online in 2 groups every Saturday, having fun with music and interacting with friends. Our Music Director, Edison Carolino, is recording weekly videos of Music Club for younger children at Skylarks to enjoy exploring sound and movement.

We are providing individual music therapy for some clients and continuing our group music therapy for INS clients with neurological conditions, to offer a trusted space to share thoughts and feelings and musical activities helping neuro-rehabilitation and emotional well-being.

We are now looking into providing music therapy sessions for people experiencing mental health problems in lockdown and elderly people who may have to remain isolated for considerable time. 

Thank you very much to our therapists for so skilfully adapting their work, and to our Grant funders for their support. The joy of music and the social connections built during sessions are now more important than ever, especially for the most vulnerable.

“The work of OKMT is extremely beneficial to our child by opening up the benefits and joy of music”

What We Do

OKMT provides music therapy and projects for people of all ages with physical, learning, neurological or psychological difficulties in the Borough of Richmond and surrounding areas, in order to improve their well-being and quality of life. As well as individual music therapy sessions, we run several community groups – OK Music Club for children with disabilities at local charity, Skylarks; OK Music School, teaching children and young people with additional needs to play instruments and perform in public; Choirs for children and young people of all abilities; Groups for adults with mental health problems, and OK Music Harmony groups for elderly people.

INTRODUCING OKMT

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The Power of Music

Music touches our emotions deeply and music therapy can enable those who find it hard to communicate through traditional methods to express themselves. It has a remarkable ability to enhance communication, social interaction and emotional well-being for a wide range of people. We are dedicated to making a difference to some of society’s most vulnerable people, from children with additional needs to elderly people with dementia, by helping them to communicate, gain confidence, make friends, and take part with pride in community activities.

“It has been a really profound experience to express my feelings through music”

290+

clients

3000+

individual and group sessions provided

60

Children and Young people with disabilities learning to play an instrument

7

therapists

Our Latest News

OKMT launches Neurological Music Therapy group at INS

We are delighted to be able to launch a new project in partnership with Twickenham charity, Integrated Neurological [...]

Richmond wins 2nd Prize in London New Year’s Day Parade

Richmond Borough won 2nd prize in the Boroughs’ Competition in the London New Year’s Day Parade showing the [...]

OK Music School Christmas Concert

The OK Music School and OK Youth Choirs concert on Saturday 7th December was a huge success with [...]

Our Vision

We aim to provide affordable music therapy to improve well-being and quality of life through creative and participatory music making.

Become a Volunteer

Would you like to give the gift of volunteering to those in need and put a smile on someone’s face? We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to help our cause.

Raise a Hand

Ideas of helping to raise funds? There are so many ways that you can get involved with OKMT and we are so grateful to every single person who shows their support for the work we do.