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Beth Pickard is a music teacher, researcher and training music therapist from Cardiff. Her research on Music and Down's Syndrome won the Principal's Award at the 2009 Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Graduation Ceremony and has fuelled her research work since. Beth specialises in developing alternative notation systems and approaches for her students with Down's syndrome and other learning disabilities, incorporating their learning profiles as well as their unique personalities. Beth has been a trustee of Melody since 2009 and has been privileged to share ideas and experiences with colleagues, teachers and parents all over the world through the Melody website.


Rosie Rushton is  a music facilitator based in Birmingham, here she has established herself as a specialist in music provision for groups with additional needs.

Rosie graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus (Hons) in Performance, and is currently studying for a  Masters of Education in Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. She is Co-Director and founder of the Community Interest Company Big Top Musical Adventures and has a keen interest in reseach into music education, disability and inclusivity.

When not making music Rosie enjoys painting, camping and the great outdoors!


Helena Stopes-Roe initially trained as a teacher and spent many years working with children with learning disabilities. After retraining she now works at Birmingham Women's Hospital as Infant Feeding Coordinator. Helena has been a trustee of Melody from the beginning as she was one of the original creators of Melody. Her son Tom (now 27), who has Down's syndrome, was Rosie's first pupil with a learning disability and it was this which led Rosie to understand the clear need for an organisation such as Melody.