Dr Alex Street

Postdoctoral researcher, Music for Health Research Centre; Music and Performing Arts

Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR)

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Music , Music therapy , Neuroscience

Courses taught: Music Therapy

Alex specialises in the design and use of treatment protocols for rehabilitation following brain injury in children and adults. He incorporates technology in his work in order to improve patient accessibility and treatment efficacy. He is a member of the Cambridge Institute of Music Therapy Research (CIMTR).

Email: alex.street@anglia.ac.uk


Alex trained as a music therapist at the Guildhall school of music and drama and immediately began working in neurodisability settings. He has established and run posts for Headway, an organisation providing rehabilitation and advice for adults with acquired brain injury, and worked for children’s services within local authorities, specialising in the treatment of cerebral palsy, sensory impairment and autism. He has published on the use of music technology, song writing and neurologic music therapy (NMT) interventions, and presented internationally.

Alex’s PhD research was a collaboration with a NHS primary care trust in Cambridgeshire, recruiting people with upper limb hemiparesis following stroke as part of a RCT investigating a neurologic music therapy sensorimotor technique. Alex is currently a postgraduate researcher at ARU, continuing his research into stroke hemiparesis and investigating the effects of music therapy on agitation in people with dementia.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Italian

Research interests

  • Sensorimotor, cognitive and speech rehabilitation for adults and children with acquired brain injury
  • Musical instrument learning and cognitive development in children
  • Music therapy in community based neurorehabilitation
  • Music therapy and disorders of consciousness

Alex’s primary research interest is music and neuroscience, with particular focus on the effects of music and musical elements on cognitive and motor functions in adults and children with acquired brain injury. He also has a particular interest in the influence of instrumental lessons on cognitive development in children.

Areas of research supervision

  • Neurorehabilitaiton (adult and children)
  • Disorders of consciousness
  • Work in special schools
  • Music and neuroscience
  • Protocol development


  • Neuroscience and the arts
  • Music and cognition
  • The use of music technology in music therapy with all patient populations
  • Music therapy protocols for assessment in adults and children


  • Bachelor of music, City University, London
  • Diploma in music therapy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • PhD in neurologic music therapy, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Selected recent publications

Street, A. J. Magee, W. L. Odell-Miller, H. Bateman. A. Fachner, J. C. 2015. Home-based Neurologic Music Therapy for Upper Limb Rehabilitation with Stroke Patients at Community Rehabilitation Stage - a Feasibility Study Protocol. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, [e-journal] 9 (00480)

Street, A. 2015. The Two Guitarists as Warp and Weft: A Case Study. In: Oldfield, A. Tomlinson. J. Loombe. D, ed. 2015. Flute, Accordian or Clarinet: Using the Characteristics of Our Instruments in Music Therapy. London. Jessica Kingsley.

O'Kelly, J.W. Magee. W. Street, A. Fachner, J. Drake, A. I. Cahen, J. Särkämö, T., Ridder, H. M. Jungblut, M. Melhuish, R. Taylor, D. 2014. Music Therapy Advances in Neuro-disability - Innovations in Research and Practice: Summary Report and Reflections on a Two-Day International Conference. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, [e-journal].

Street, A. 2014. Using Garageband music software with adults with acquired brain injury at Headway East London: Identity, Communication and Executive Function. In: W. Magee, ed. 2014. Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings, 2014. London: Jessica Kingsley. Ch.11

Street, A. 2012. Combining Functional and Psychoanalytic Techniques, Using Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS) and Songwriting to Treat a Man with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, [e-journal] 12 (3), pp.6.