Gillian received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 2009, and completed an additional Diploma in Percussion Performance from the Associated Board for the Royal Schools of Music. After traveling the world on cruise ships for two years, she went back to university to undertake a Masters of Science in Music Therapy, graduating with Distinction from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh in 2013.
Since graduating Gillian has worked as a music therapist with a variety of populations including children with special needs, veterans, adults with developmental disabilities, adopted and permanently fostered children and hospitalized patients. She also works as a clinical supervisor at Queens University and serves as Associate Editor of the online music therapy journal The Music Therapy Clinician. Originally trained in the Nordoff-Robbins approach to music therapy, she has also completed additional qualifications in Neurologic Music Therapy and NICU Music Therapy.
In her spare time Gillian also enjoys helping the children of Charlotte through serving as President of the volunteer organization Kiwanis Uptown.
Gillian is delighted to be a part of the Roots and Wings team as she has seen how much the power of music can make a difference to people of all ages and from all walks of life.