- University of the West of England
- MusicSpace Trust
- Examiner and research supervision
- Editorial positions
- Professional affiliations
- Grants and awards
- Doctoral research
- University of Bristol
- Music therapy training
- Advanced therapy training
- Early teaching and lecturing
- Early training
In March 2005 Leslie Bunt was invited by the Vice-Chancellor of UWE to be Professor in Music Therapy, the first such position within a university in the UK.
In November 2005 Leslie Bunt oversaw the introduction of the new 'MA in Music Therapy', a 3-year programme with a yearly intake.
In 1989 Leslie Bunt set up the registered charity The MusicSpace Trust and became its first director.
MusicSpace aimed to create a national network of community-based music therapy centres supported by training, research and performance. The first centre opened In Bristol in September 1991. By the end of 2005 over 1350 children and adults were being seen for weekly music therapy sessions by over 50 therapists working in six regions of the country. Currently the charity works from its first centre in Bristol.
As Director Leslie Bunt was responsible for the overall monitoring of the quality of the music therapy service within the branches. He also directed all national and international training on behalf of the Trust as well as running a clinical and supervision practice. The work of MusicSpace is funded through a mixture of statutory contracts grants from charitable trusts, foundations and from private donations.
- Leslie is regularly invited to be an external examiner for research degrees both in the UK and overseas.
- He was a former member of the Advisory Supervision Group for the International PhD group at the University of Aalborg, Denmark.
- He is currently Visiting Professor in Music Therapy at the New Zealand School of Music.
- Editorial Board Member – Arts and Health
- Advisory Board Member – Musica Humana
- Scientific Board Member – Musica e terapia
- Guest Editor - Psychology of Music, a Special Issue on Music Therapy, 1987
- Editorial Board - British Journal of Music Therapy
- Editorial Board - Music Education Research (past member)
- Co-editor for the interview series of the international on-line music therapy journal 'Voices'.
- Registered Music Therapist (HCPC)
- Full member of the British Association for Music Therapy
- Leslie Bunt is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) an invitation resulting from work on the development of community-based music therapy.
- 1985 - Invited participant: 2nd International Symposium: Study of Music Therapy, May 20-23, Heidelberg, Germany
- 1988 - UK representative: 39th Annual Conference of the National Association for Music Therapy 'Music Therapy: An International Perspective,' Atlanta, Georgia, November 16-19
- 1990 - UK representative: World Congress of Music Therapy, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 1990 - Guest teacher: Music Therapy Symposium, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- 1992 - Invited to open the First European Music Therapy Conference, 'Music Therapy in Health and Education in the European Community' King's College, Cambridge.
- 1993 - Member of International Scientific Committee for the 7th World Congress of Music Therapy, Vitoria, Spain, July 19-23
- 1994 - Keynote address to Music and Disability Conference, Maynooth, Ireland.
- 1995 - Keynote address to the National Music and Education Conference, Tokyo, Japan.
- 1995 - Keynote address to the first joint BSMT/APMT Conference, London.
- 1998 - Address to Music Advisory Service, Jersey.
- 2000 - Keynote address to joint BSMT/APMT Millennium Conference, London.
- 2000 - Keynote address to the New Zealand Society for Music Therapy and lectures to music therapy colleagues at the universities of Brisbane and Melbourne.
- 2002 - Chair of International Scientific Committee to the 10th Music Therapy World Congress, University of Oxford, July 23-28
- 2002 - Inaugural Professorial Lecture at UWE.
- 2003 - Invited guest: Qualitative Research Seminar and Nordic Music Therapy Conference, Bergen, Norway
- 2004 - Presentations at the 6th European Music Therapy Congress at the University of Jyvaskylaa, Finland
- 2004 - Presentation to the 6th GIM Conference in Bulgaria.
- 2005 - Co-organiser with colleagues from Universities of Limerick, Ireland and Aalborg, Denmark, of an EC Social Fund sponsored conference on Music and Health.
- 2006 - Facilitator of the UK organising committee for the 7th European Conference of Guided Imagery and Music.
- 2007 - Keynote address to the New Zealand Music Therapy Association Annual Conference, Wellington.
- 2008 – Address as part of the Penny Brohn 2008 Memorial Lecture, London.
- 2008 - Keynote address as part of the first music therapy conference organised by the Cornwall County Council Music Service.
- 2008 - Plenary to the 12th Music Therapy World Congress, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- 2008 - Presentation to the 8th European GIM Conference, Norway.
- 2008 - Keynote address to Music, Health and Happiness Conference, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
- 2009 - Presentation to the National Conference of the Association of Music and Imagery, Chicago.
- 2010 - Paper presented to the conference: Concepts of Health and Illness, University of the West of England.
- 2010 - 'The gap of Hermes: transitions, thresholds and silent gaps in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music', presentation to the 9th European GIM Conference, Spain, September, 2010.
- 2012 - 'The marriage of Inanna and Hermes: A Mythic Gateway of Spiritual Explorations', joint workshop presentation (with Margareta Wärja) to the 10th European GIM Conference, Vadstena, Sweden, September, 2012.
- 2013 - 'Inanna and Enki: A Mythic Gateway of Spiritual Explorations', Joint workshop presentation (with Margareta Wärja) to the Association of Music and Imagery Conference, Vancouver, Canada, July 2013.
- 2013 - 'Thresholds, transitions and silences in GIM: the ‘gap’ of Hermes', presentation to the Association of Music and Imagery Conference, Vancouver, Canada, July 2013.
- 2014 – ‘Towards a culture of hybridity’ joint presentation with Brynjulf Stige to the World Congress of Music Therapy, Krems, Austria, June 2014.
- 2014 – ‘The reclaiming of Eurydice and an awareness of a conscious choice for our changing world’, Joint workshop presentation (with Margareta Wärja) to the 11th European GIM Conference, Berlin, September 2014.
- 2015 – ‘Music and Myth: an exploration of the roots of ancient traditions through Guided Imagery and Music’, joint presentation with Elide Scarlata and Barbara Zanchi to the 13th European Arts Therapies Conference (ECArTE), Palermo, Sicily, September 2015.
- BBC documentaries: The Music Child and The Power of Music
- HTV West Documentary on MusicSpace
- Part of series of documentaries about work of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre broadcast in July 2005
- Point of contact by national and local radio for response to music therapy news, e.g. published results of collaborative research in music therapy and cancer care on Radio 4's 'You and Yours'
- Voted by colleagues as the top of a list of ten leading music therapists in the UK for the Independent on Sunday in 2004.
From 1995 - 1999 Leslie Bunt trained with the leading American music therapist Dr Kenneth Bruscia in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) being awarded the Fellowship of the Association for Music and Imagery in 1999 (FAMI).
The evaluation study based at Charing Cross Hospital formed the basis of Leslie Bunt's MPhil study within the Department of Music, The City University London. This was converted to a PhD study in 1980.
1980: Appointed Research Fellow in Music Therapy, The City University, London, a 3-year staff position and the first such fellowship within a British University. The research was the UK's first outcome-based study in music therapy and evaluated music therapy for pre-school and school children with special needs using descriptive ethological methods and detailed video and statistical analysis.
1985: Awarded the first PhD in music therapy in the UK. The principal external examiner was Prof. Joan Bicknell, Professor in Disability, University of London. The examiners requested a few minor typographical changes to be made and wanted the award to be given 'with commendation' should the regulations have allowed.
This sustained period of study (1978 - 1985) positioned Leslie Bunt as one of the UK’s pioneering researchers in the field of music therapy. His reputation also began to grow nationally and internationally as an experienced clinician working with children and as a trainer and research supervisor.
He was invited to be Chairman of the British Society for Music Therapy (BSMT) and a Governor of the Music Therapy Charity. Later he would become a Vice-President of the BSMT and a member of the Advisory Council to the Professional Association.
While at City University Leslie Bunt was also conductor of the University Chamber Choir.
Jan 1992 - to December 2006 Course Director, Music Therapy Post-Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy, University of Bristol (groups in Bristol and from 1995 in Bologna, Italy)
Sept 1989 - Sept 1991 Research Study - 'A community-based music therapy service for Bristol' based at the Institute of Child Health under the direction of the late Prof. David Baum. Responsible for securing funding for this study.
Awarded honorary titles as Research Fellow in Music and Research Fellow in Child and Mental Health, University of Bristol.
Experiences of teaching children with difficulties led to training in music therapy with pioneering music therapist Juliette Alvin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Awarded the Licentiate of the Guildhall School in music therapy - LGSM (MT) - in 1977.
September 1977: Invited by the consultant paediatrician Dr Hugh Jolly to be locum music therapist at the Child Development Centre (CDC), Charing Cross Hospital, London, the internationally-renowned centre for the assessment and treatment of children with special needs.
September 1978 - July 1980: Appointed Research Fellow in Paediatrics, Charing Cross Medical School to carry out an action-based evaluation study on the role of music therapy within the special schools and nursery units within local boroughs (funded by the National Medical Research Fund, Bristol).
- 1978: Invited to take music therapy students from the Guildhall School on placement at the CDC, Charing Cross Hospital.
- 1980: Invited by Juliette Alvin to take over her class at the Guildhall School. Continued to teach on this, the oldest music therapy training in the country, until December 1993.
- 1982: Invited by Juliette Alvin to represent her at a conference on music for children with emotional problems held in Assisi, the beginnings of a long connection with Italy.
- 1981: Tutor, Music Therapy Post-Graduate Diploma Course, Southlands College, Roehampton Institute, London (until December 1983).
- BA (Hons Music) University of Bristol 1973
- Post-graduate Certificate in Education (Music) at the University of Exeter, 1974
- 1975 - 1976: Head of Music, Royal Liberty School Romford, responsible for music throughout this comprehensive school including: 'A' and 'O' - level teaching; running school choirs and instrumental groups and managing an assistant and peripatetic instrumental teachers.