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17 Aug Half Day Workshop with Diane Austin Theoretical and Vocal Implications of Vocal PsychotherapyPosted on: Thursday, 20 July 2017

Diane Austin Half Day workshop

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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. See here for the Programme details  and here for Presenter Bios and Presentation Abstracts.

Download the Symposium 2017 Schedule of Events

Download Symposium Abstracts and Presenter Bios

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.

Click here for a map of the venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus, Murphy Building (off Kelburn Parade), level 6, room MY632 

Registration is through Eventbrite.

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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.

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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. 


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.



New book: Arts Therapists in Multi-Disciplinary SettingsPosted on: Monday, 22 February 2016

A new book, Arts Therapists in Multi-Disciplinary Settings, edited by Caroline Miller, that examines “the place of arts therapies in multidisciplinary settings and advocating for the benefits of drama, art, music, play and dance therapies in collaboration with other approaches”, and containing writing from NZ Registered Music Therapists Heather Fletcher, Megan Spragg, Keryn Squires, Shari Storie and Alison Talmage is now available.

The book is described as follows:

In a multidisciplinary setting or team, competing perspectives and principles can be challenging to negotiate, but supportive working relationships and effective collaboration can ultimately lead to an enriched experience and innovative outcomes for both professionals and clients.

Drawing on their diverse experiences, art, music, drama, play and dance therapists emphasise the valuable results that their respective disciplines can produce when applied in settings ranging from schools to hospices, in collaboration with behaviour therapists, teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists and other practitioners.

The book provides a unique perspective on the common issues faced by arts therapists when working with other professionals and will assist arts therapists in promoting their profession to co-workers and clients.

Available from The Women’s Bookshop, Auckland, in their shop or on their website, or directly from publishers Jessica Kingsley Publishers


New research project: Singing for WellbeingPosted on: Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Daphne Rickson for leading this new research project which has just been awarded a significant grant. 

A partnership between Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM), Victoria University of Wellington and Waitākiri School, has been awarded a substantial grant in the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) 2015 funding round ( The primary investigator, Dr Daphne Rickson, is a Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM).  Key partners include Dr Robert Legg, also from the NZSM, and Dianna Reynolds from Waitākiri School. The team will work with the Waitākiri School community to investigate the perceived relationship between singing programmes and well-being at their school.  The community has been severely affected by the Christchurch earthquakes and faces ongoing challenges, including moving to a new site in 2016. Singing programmes were introduced specifically to enhance wellbeing, and well-being scores remain high despite extremely challenging conditions. The researchers will articulate the factors that have enabled the singing programmes to be developed and sustained, find ways to improve the programmes, and model the perceived correlations between classroom singing and perceptions of well-being. The aim is to learn how to maximise the use of singing for well-being, and to inform other schools about the ways singing can support well-being especially during exceptionally difficult circumstances.

More information here: SingingforWellbeingposter