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Music Therapy Week 2017Posted on: Friday, 16 June 2017

Music Therapy Week 2017MUSIC THERAPY WEEK 2017

1st – 9th July 2017

 The second annual New Zealand Music Therapy Week takes place from the 1-9 July 2017.

Themed “Finding Your Voice”, a number of exciting and informative events will take place across the country in celebration.

Details of some of this year’s events are outlined below – and there are more to come!


29 June: Wellington

Moving your Mood with Music

Music has proven health benefits, including positive effects on mood. Come along to The Pyramid at Massey University’s Wellington Campus between 1130 and 1330 on Thurs 29th June for information on how to move your mood with music.

I have developed an evidence based tool which can be easily used by anyone who wants to move their mood with music. It’s normal for all of us to experience a wide range of emotions – It might be that you are feeling anxious, stressed or demotivated and you want to feel relaxed, focused or energised instead. The move your mood tool can help you achieve the mood you desire. I look forward to seeing you on the day” – Craig Waterworth, RN, Massey University School of Nursing.



The Pyramid, Massey University Wellington Campus


1 July: Auckland

Mapu-I-Musika-Therapy Fale Opening

All are welcome to the opening of this Music Therapy Fale in Helensville.

Contact Retts van Dam on 027 270 5126  / for more information.



84 Commercial Road, Helensville


1-8 July: Auckland

Music Therapy Displays at the Helensville Library and Helensville Art Centre


49 Commercial Road, Helensville, Rodney. Behind Helensville War Memorial Hall.


3 July: Auckland

Interested in a Career in Music Therapy?

Considering what to do when you leave school? In year 12 or 13 and involved in music at your school? Heard about music therapy and want to know more?

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre warmly invites you to come and speak with registered music therapists about who they work with, the settings they work, and what music therapy is. Student music therapists will also share about training in NZ and internationally. You’ll get the chance to have a look around the Centre, watch selected video and get an experiential taste of music therapy at Raukatauri.

If interested, please RSVP to by June 21st.

Free event. Space is limited to 3 students per school, on a first come first served basis.



Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, 15 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn



3 July: Auckland

Helensville Playcentre – Open Music Therapy Session

Details TBC – contact Retts van Dam 027 270 5126 for more information.


3 July: Auckland

Finding Your Voice in Well-being: an interactive music therapy workshop for Patients

Details: 10.30am – 2.30pm

Dove Hospice, 207A Riddell Road, Glendowie

Contact: Maria Monet-Facoory

4 July: Auckland 

Finding Your Voice in Well-being: an interactive music therapy workshop for Carers

Details:  10.30am – 12.30pm

Dove Hospice, 207A Riddell Road, Glendowie

Contact: Maria Monet-Facoory


5 July: Auckland

Hip Hop, Rap, Beats & Drumming Music Therapy Session

If you would like to attend, please text Retts van Dam on 027 270 5126 for more information. 


Mapu-I-Musika-Therapy Fale, 84 Commercial Road, Te Awaroa, Helensville


5 July: Auckland

Finding Your Voice in Self-care: an interactive music therapy workshop for Professional Carers

Details: 1.30 – 3.30pm

Dove Hospice, 207A Riddell Road, Glendowie

Contact: Maria Monet-Facoory


5 July: Christchurch

Cantabrainers Choir Winter Concert

The Cantabrainers Choir is a therapeutic choir for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis.

We ask for a minimum entry donation of $10 per person please.

For catering purposes RSVP by Monday 26 June 2017, email us at: or phone: 377 5280



Hohepa Canterbury Hall, 23 Barrington Street, Christchurch


6 July: Wellington

Music in My Life: Let’s be Inspired!

Celebrating NZ Music Therapy Week 2017 1-9th July, and World Music Therapy Day.

A 2 hour open session on Music in My Life in the Hub at Victoria University of Wellington.

As part of Music Therapy Week 2017 , we invite staff and students to make a 10-15 minute appointment with our department members, to discuss how are you already using music for your wellbeing, and how you might be inspired to use it in future.  Short chats,  busking, listening, and sharing your dreams might be involved in your encounter with a music therapy student or staff member.  Join us on the hour (12/1/2pm) for practical participatory activities  (playground singing games, body percussion, hand percussion, songs and rounds, and whatever your imagination suggests.)



Music Therapy Department, NZSM, Victoria University of Wellington


6 July: Auckland

Finding Your Voice in Well-being: an interactive music therapy workshop for the Bereaved

Details: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Dove Hospice, 207A Riddell Road, Glendowie

Contact: Maria Monet-Facoory


7 July: Auckland

Kaipara Waiata 4Joy! Session

A Music Therapy session for adults seeking support post-stroke or for other physical / emotional issues. You will drum, hum, chant, sing, dance/move, and share cultural music – and meet to korero with some cool people in our community.

If you would like to attend, please contact Retts van Dam on 027 270 5126.


10.30am – 12.30pm

St Joseph’s Church – Father Sakey Centre, Corner of 1 Puriri & Kowhai Streets

(Please use Kowhai Street entrance to the off-street parking)


8 July: Wellington


A facilitated interactive rhythm workshop exploring the use of Boomwhackers and various percussion instruments and drums. The workshop will be hosted by Neil Jourdan. Neil is a Registered Music Therapist, percussionist and Boomwhacker enthusiast.


12 -1.30pm

Community Music Junction – Level 1, 4 Hopper Street  (above Blair Wright) Te Aro, Wellington


9 July: Auckland

Family & Community Music Therapy at Devonport Library

If you would like to learn more about music therapy, enjoy music with your community or talk to a music therapist this is the perfect opportunity. All are welcome whether you are on your own or would like to bring friends and family to sing, play instruments or just watch us in action while you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

All are welcome.



Devonport Library, Auckland


9 July: Christchurch

Music Moves Me Trust – Canterbury Launch

Come and celebrate the launch of Music Moves Me Trust Canterbury. An innovative programme using music therapy to support people living with dementia in the Canterbury region.

Tickets are $60 and include a welcome drink, live entertainment and food from Blue Smoke’s carvery selection.

Please contact for tickets and enquiries.



Blue Smoke, 3 Garlands Road, Christchurch


10 July: Auckland

Neurological Choirs Workshop

There is a growing national and international interest in professional practice and research in the area of singing for people with communication difficulties related to a neurological condition, such as stroke, aphasia, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and traumatic brain injury.

The Centre for Brain Research warmly invites fellow practitioners, choir leaders and potential choir leaders to a stimulating day which will include skill sharing, research updates, networking, discussion of direct, consultative and interdisciplinary (music therapy and speech-language therapy) approaches, and an interactive session with the CeleBRation Choir.

Tickets from



University of Auckland, Tamaki Campus, Auckland 1072


News, Notices, Upcoming Events

Symposium 2017: Finding Your VoicePosted on: Monday, 12 June 2017

Symposium 2017: Finding Your Voice

MThNZ is excited to be bringing you the 2017 Symposium, ”Finding Your Voice”.

This event is being held at Victoria University in Wellington, over the weekend of the 12th and 13th August. Programme details will be added to the website this week, however as a taster of things to come…

Keynote speaker: Dr Diane Austin, Director of the Music Psychotherapy Center in NYC
Major address: Waireti Roesenburg, Wholistic & psychological practitioner

Diane Austin will also be facilitating a two hour experiential workshop, with opportunities to observe and/or participate.

There will be papers on a number of  different areas of work, including practice and research. These will cover the fields of neurology, rehabilitation, communication, and
working with children.

The symposium will also host a book launch, the 2017 MThNZ AGM, and a musical performance!

This will be a great opportunity to meet and network with other Music Therapists and colleagues, and to increase your knowledge and understanding of various aspects of music therapy both within New Zealand and internationally.

Early bird registrations close on July the 1st. Registration is through Eventbrite.


Interview with Dr. Daphne RicksonPosted on: Monday, 24 April 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Daphne Rickson, who has been awarded a study grant from the IHC Foundation to further research into autism and music therapy. You can hear more about her work here, on a recent interview with Eva Radich on Radio NZ Concert.


Administrator vacancyPosted on: Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Music Therapy New Zealand is looking for a new person to fill the role of Administrator, a key contract role within this small and dynamic organisation that supports the provision of music therapy throughout New Zealand. The Administrator is responsible for all administrative aspects of the organisation, including financial administration, as well as co-ordinating events and communications tasks.


Key skills required are:

  • Fluency in a range of administrative procedures, including financial administration

  • Event management skills

  • Experience delivering a communications plan

  • Good communication skills and ability to respond appropriately to a range of people

  • Familiarity with a range of online / software packages


This is a part-time contract (a maximum of 50 hours per month) so may suit someone looking for flexible part-time work; however there is an expectation of regular contact hours each week. The role can be carried out anywhere in the country, although will require occasional travel for meetings and events.


Click here to see the role description, and here for an application form. For any for further information, please contact the Music Therapy New Zealand Administrator, Bronwyn Bent, on

Applications close at 12 noon on 1 May; please send a CV and completed application form to

News, News Archive

Morva Croxson Prize for Emergent WritersPosted on: Thursday, 6 April 2017

We are pleased to announce The Music Therapy New Zealand Morva Croxson Prize for Emergent Writers, and invite students and early career music therapists to submit an essay on a subject of relevance to the contemporary NZ music therapy community. For more information and entry criteria, please see here. 


Music Therapy Week 2017 – event submission formPosted on: Thursday, 16 March 2017

Music Therapy Week is back for 2017, running from 1-9 July, to align with International World Music Therapy Day. In order to better support events around the country, this year we’re asking everyone who would like to run an event as part of it to submit their ideas by May 15. Event submission forms and information about what support is on offer is available here.

Please email for more information.


2016 Survey of Registered Music Therapists – Analysis ReportPosted on: Thursday, 18 August 2016

In early 2016, all registered music therapists in New Zealand were invited to complete a survey in order to provide an up-to-date picture of music therapy in New Zealand. The results of this survey have now been analysed, and the final report can be downloaded from the link below.

2016 Survey of Registered Music Therapists – Analysis Report

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2016 Hui and Supervision WorkshopPosted on: Monday, 20 June 2016

2016 Hui
The Music Therapy NZ AGM will be part of a one day music therapy hui, with presentations from Heather Fletcher, Carolyn Ayson, Opeloge Ah Sam and the Music Moves Me Trust, along with a music making session. Lunch is also included. More information and registrations can be made here. Early bird registrations are available until 1 July. ​​​​
The hui will be held at the Onehunga Community Centre, which is accessible by bus from Auckland Airport, and is also close to the Onehunga Train Station for those travelling within the city. 
Please note registration is not required if you are only attending the AGM. 
Course: Holding, playing and exploring: Music and action based strategies for self-reflection and supervision
Following the hui day, Claire Molyneux will be offering the above course on Sunday 21 August. More detailed information can be found here, but Claire’s short description of the course is as follows: 
The concept of holding is central to my work as a music therapist and supervisor. Starting from an exploration of this concept, we will discuss what is needed to create a safe trusting space in which therapists can share, discuss, analyse and reflect on clinical work. This workshop will offer practical ideas and techniques for exploring clinical work and other issues that impact on this. Music-based and action-based strategies will be explored with the aim of adding to participants’ kete of resources to be used for self-reflection and in supervision settings.


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2016 AGM and Council electionsPosted on: Monday, 20 June 2016

Notice of Music Therapy New Zealand AGM 
The 2016 AGM will be held at the Onehunga Community Centre, 83 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland 1061 from 10.15am – 11.15am on Saturday 20 August. The AGM is open to all current Music Therapy New Zealand members, and will be part of a longer Music Therapy New Zealand hui. 
Council Elections


The MThNZ Council is charged with providing direction for the organisation and setting strategic priorities for the organisation, and a new Council will be elected in August 2016.

All current Music Therapy New Zealand members can nominate, stand, and vote for Council members. Please note nomination forms must be received by 20 July, after which ballot papers for voting will be distributed. The results will be announced at the AGM. 

A nomination form is available here.



Music Therapy Week 2016Posted on: Monday, 22 February 2016

The very first ever Music Therapy Week is coming! The 21st – 29th of May, 2016 will be Music Therapy Week, with the theme “Celebrating Music Therapy”. 

Music Therapy Week is about both celebrating music therapy, as well as letting the wider public know about the great music therapy happening around the country. We’ll be sharing stories of the impact music therapy has made – if you’ve got a great story, get in touch!

There will be a range of events happening around the country; we’ll have a calendar of these up soon.