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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. 

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Music Therapy choirs in the newsPosted on: Thursday, 5 July 2012

Music Therapy has featured prominently in the media recently as the success of music therapy choirs has been recognised. Interviews and articles about these choirs have aired on Radio NZ and TVNZ’s Close Up, as well as an article in Christchurch’s Press newspaper. Links to online copies of these broadcasts are listed below.

Radio NZ: Nine to Noon (19 March 2010)

“NZ’s first choir offering music therapy”

Laura Fogg, founder of the CeleBRation Choir – NZ’s first choir offering music therapy for people with neurological conditions – set up by the Centre for Brain Research at Auckland University; and Iris Matheson, who has Parkinson’s disease and is a member of the CeleBRation Choir.

The Press (2 March 2012)

“Singing helps stroke victims to speak again”

A Christchurch stroke victim, who had lost the ability to speak, has rediscovered his voice in a choir.

TVNZ: Close Up (4 May 2012)

“Choir hits the right note”

We shouldn’t underestimate the healing power of song. In Christchurch a choir has even been established for stroke victims and people with brain injuries. Those conditions often affect the ability to talk and singing can help rewire the brain. Alexi O’Brien has been following the choir’s progress.

Radio NZ: One In Five (6 May 2012)

“Christchurch’s Therapeutic Choir”

A new therapeutic choir, based upon Auckland’s Celebration Choir, has been boosting both the vocal abilities and the  confidence of a Christchurch group with neurological disorders.

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Open Door Documentary SeriesPosted on: Thursday, 5 July 2012

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre has been featured on the Open Door Documentary Series.

"The therapists at Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre use musical instruments and song in innovative ways to help children who have difficulties with communication. The children we follow have developed social and communication skills which have created new possibilities for them to participate in the world."

You can view the documentary online at the Open Door website.

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Radio NZ: One In Five Feature (21 Feb 2010)Posted on: Thursday, 5 July 2012

"Selling the benefits of music therapy and positive aging"

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre was featured in a "One In Five" documentary on Radio New Zealand National in February 2010.

"Last November, the folks at the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre hosted a gathering of therapists from various disciplines to hear about the benefits of music therapy. We hear from director Anne Bailey, and other event organisers and participants. The promotional event was a joint venture between AUT Communications students and the Centre.
And in a case of good news and bad news, we've Professor Alan Walker, who's optimistc about the prospects of an aging population. And a former hospital and health board administrator and current Invercargill Councillor who's ropable about recent reports that Southland DHB is cutting eldercare services."
You can listen to an online version of the programme via the Radio NZ website.

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NZ appointment to WFMT Research and Ethics CommitteePosted on: Saturday, 29 October 2011

MThNZ President, Dr. Daphne Rickson has been appointed to the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) Research and Ethics Committee.

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Notes From Conference 2010Posted on: Friday, 5 August 2011

Notes from Conference has been created to celebrate and capture the breadth of work New Zealand Music Therapists were undertaking in 2010. It features many of the presentations from the Music Therapy New Zealand Conference held in Christchurch in 2010 and includes papers, poster presentations and workshops. 

The conference theme of ‘Playing in tune – working collaboratively in music therapy’ echoes soundly in the following collection. It illustrates the creative and varied ways in which music therapists work in New Zealand, with a strong emphasis on working within teams systemically, clinically and on organisational levels.
The collection features the opening and major addresses given at conference. The first by Professor Garry Hornby from the College of Education, University of Canterbury and the second by Dr Daphne Rickson from NZSM, Music Therapy Department.
In most cases the collection includes a copy of the PowerPoint presentation shared by each presenter/s. In others, a narrative has been provided to give greater detail on the topic.
Notes from Conference will be of interest to a varied audience. Firstly as a useful reference for conference delegates to reflect on particular aspects of conference and also for other music therapists, health and education professionals and those wanting to learn more about the use of music therapy in New Zealand.
Notes from Conference has been collated by Karen Twyford on behalf of The Education , Training and Professional Practice Forum, MTHNZ.
Notes from Conference may be downloaded by clicking on this link:
Notes from Conference
Please note: the file is 12Mb in size so a Broadband connection is recommended.

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Daphne Rickson (Dec 2010)Posted on: Thursday, 5 May 2011

MThNZ President and NZSM lecturer, Dr. Daphne Rickson receives the first PhD from NZSM

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Fiona Hearn (Sept 2010)Posted on: Thursday, 5 May 2011

RMTh Fiona Hearn's article about her music therapy work at Take 5 and Te Whare Marama.

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Mary Potter Hospice Music Therapy Audit for Winter 2009Posted on: Thursday, 5 May 2011

Download the document.