News, Notices

Practising Certificate Renewals Due NowPosted on: Friday, 16 February 2018

A reminder that practising certificate renewal applications are due no later than 5pm on Thursday 1st March 2018 – application forms and fees can be found here.


To renew your practising certificate please complete the following steps:

  • complete the Application Form for renewal of your practising certificate
  • complete the Supervision Log Form and arrange for the Log to be signed by your supervisor
  • complete the CPD Log and sign it. Arrange for your CPD Log to be peer-reviewed and signed
  • pay the fee for renewal of your practising certificate to the MThNZ bank account
  • send your completed Application together with the Supervision and CPD Logs by email to the Registrar (email: by 5pm on 1 March 2018.

Any applications received after 5pm on 1 March 2018 will not be processed at the Board’s April 2018 meeting and may need to wait for consideration until the Board’s April 2019 meeting. Any questions about submitting applications, including the timeframe, need to be forwarded to the Registrar before 5pm on 1 March 2018.  A late penalty for processing will apply for applications received after this date.


Application forms and fees can be found on the Music Therapy New Zealand website:


It is important that you apply to renew your practising certificate if you are currently practising as a Registered Music Therapist in New Zealand. All Registered Music Therapists are responsible to ensure they hold a current practising certificate alongside their registration certificate.  This informs your employer and the public that you have completed an appropriate level of continued professional development and hours of practice to maintain your competence as a Registered Music Therapist (RMTh).


If you are no longer practising as a Music Therapist in New Zealand and therefore do not require a practising certificate, please contact the Registration Board to explain your situation.


The NZ Music Therapy Registration Board has created an accessible database of NZ RMTh who offer supervision. There is a section of the Renewal of Practising Certificate Application Form that can be completed if you wish to be included on the database for 2018. This database will be reviewed and updated annually by the Registrar of the Registration Board.


Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions: Anna Reilly


Please note:  There are separate processes and fee for registration as a Music Therapist and for professional membership of Music Therapy NZ.  We encourage Registered Music Therapists to also join MThNZ  - further information is available from or from the MThNZ Administrator:

News, Notices

Winners of the Morva Croxson Prize for Emergent WritersPosted on: Monday, 12 February 2018

Council and the NZJMT Editor are delighted to announce the results of the 2017 Morva Croxson Prize for Emergent Writers.
Olly Lowery

Olly Lowery

Nolan Hodgson

Nolan Hodgson










First place is awarded to Nolan Hodgson for his essay ”He ora waiora: Music therapy and well-being in adolescent mental health”. Second prize is awarded to Olly Lowery for “Case study: Individual music therapy with an elderly man in a palliative care setting”. We would like to congratulate both Nolan and Olly on the high calibre of their entries, and we hope to publish both entries in the 2018 issue of the journal.

Music Therapy NZ would particularly like to thank our esteemed panel of judges for their expertise, time and enthusiasm for this initiative – Emeritus Prof Denise Grocke (University of Melbourne, Australia), Claire Molyneux NZ RMTh (Anglia Ruskin University, UK) and Dr Vini Olsen-Reeder (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), and Alison Talmage (RMTh ) who so ably and generously coordinated the competition.

News, Notices, Positions Vacant

Hawkes Bay Music Therapy VacancyPosted on: Monday, 5 February 2018

Music Therapy position for Hawkes Bay Regional Centre

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre is looking to recruit a new music therapist based in the Hawke’s Bay where we are opening our first Regional Centre.  It is a four day per week position, with opportunity to extend to full time.

Download a position description here

If you would like to become part of an organisation that really does make a difference, please email your CV and a covering letter to Jen Ryckaert, Clinical and Centre Director, RMTC –  Applications close:   15 February 2018

News, Notices, Upcoming Events

World Music Therapy Day meme competitionPosted on: Wednesday, 24 January 2018

#WorldMusicTherapyDay meme contest.

Create a meme for WMT’s competition now to promote World Music Therapy Day (on 1st March 2018) and be in for a chance to win a Yamaha EZ 220 Keyboard generously donated by YAMAHA.

Download the competition details here

News, Notices

NZ Journal of Music Therapy: Call for Submissions (2018)Posted on: Friday, 19 January 2018

NZ Journal of Music Therapy: Call for Submissions (2018)
You are invited to submit professional and research articles to the 2018 issue of the NZJMT – closing date April 1st, 2018.
Please refer to the current NZJMT Handbook for our journal policy, style guidelines, and information for authors and reviewers.
Expressions of interest from potential peer reviewers and book/resource reviewers are also welcome.
For further information, contact Alison Talmage (NZJMT Editor):


Only Connect: Stories and poems from New Zealand music therapyPosted on: Sunday, 17 December 2017

A successful application to the Erika Schloss Fund supported publication of an edited collection of stories and poems by New Zealand music therapists.  Book launches were held in Wellington in August and Auckland in October 2017.

From the editor, Claire Molyneux:

The project had been in progress since 2014 when I first issued a call for expressions of interest from NZ music therapists to contribute to an edited book of stories. Since then I have worked with a group of eight music therapists to develop and edit their contributions with a view to publishing the collection of writing. We were not able to interest a publisher in the collection and with the support of the contributing authors, I decided to apply to the Erika Schloss Fund who generously funded publication of the book.

 The outcome of the book project is the publication of what I hope will be a valuable book for the music therapy community both in New Zealand and wider afield. It is encouraging to have been able to support a different kind of writing about music therapy to reach publication. I have been encouraged by comments and feedback received about the book so far. In particular, I have been using extracts from the book in parts of my teaching on the MA Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge. Being able to share creative writing about music therapy with students can powerfully communicate a concept or value of practice.

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In memory of Jean EislerPosted on: Friday, 15 December 2017

We mark the passing of Jean Eisler, an English Nordoff Robbins pioneer who died in August 2017

 Jean Eisler was recognised as one of the Nordoff Robbins music therapy pioneers in Fraser Simpson’s book “The Nordoff-Robbins Aventure: Fifty Years of Creative Music Therapy”.  Her work, together with Sybil Beresford-Peirse and other pioneers, played a crucial role in the establishment and development of Nordoff Robbins over the years.

Jean had celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday 12th of April 2016 with a packed hall of approx. 300 delegates (see a video clip here:


A Tribute to Linda WilsonPosted on: Friday, 15 December 2017

From Daphne Rickson, Senior Lecturer in the Master of Music Therapy program at TeKōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM), Victoria University of Wellington.

Sadly, Linda Wilson died in June 2017.  Linda was a strong advocate for music therapy, and was dedicated to promoting the profession before, during, and after her time on Council.  She was a national and international leader in the occupational therapy field, having worked hospitals before expanding her career to include consultancy, contract work, teaching, and research.  Linda was the first member of the OT professional association, one of the first Occupational Therapists in New Zealand to gain a PhD, won OT’s Francis Rutherford Lecture award in 1996 and a Fulbright in 2009.  She set up the OT training programme in Dunedin in 1990, and continued to support its development from a bachelor’s programme to honours, PG Dip, and Masters. Linda was very willing to lend her expertise in the development of new professions, especially in strategic planning, to Music Therapy New Zealand. We were extremely grateful for the time, expertise, and extremely hard work she offered while on council, and for her subsequent ongoing support.

I offer my sincere sympathies to Linda’s family, and to the Occupational and Music Therapy communities.




A Tribute to Mary PriestleyPosted on: Friday, 15 December 2017

Mary Priestley, Pioneer Music Therapist and Writer (1925-2017

From: Sarah Hoskyns, Associate Professor and Director of Master of Music Therapy Programme, New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī

I am very sad to announce that Mary Priestley, a music therapist with great international influence, who developed significant theory and practice in analytical music therapy, has died in June 2017. I am honoured to provide this tribute to Mary, who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1969 and provided periodic teaching and supervision to the programme, while I was involved there both as a student and lecturer during the 1980s and 90s. We also shared a music therapy practice setting – the Inner London Probation Service Day Training Centre – where Mary worked alongside Peter Wright and Marjorie Wardle for a few years before me. I visited Mary’s home with varied colleagues a few times in the 1990s, and she was a warm, quirky and humorous host. Dr Morva Croxson attended a clinical placement at St Bernard’s Hospital, London in 1984, with Mary as one of the supervisors, while I was a tutor at Guildhall. Morva and I reflected warmly on our joint recollections of Mary’s work at that time in a recent conversation. Keynote speaker at the August 2017 Music Therapy New Zealand Symposium, Dr Diane Austin also has observed how formative Mary’s ideas were to her when she was developing her understanding of music therapy practice, specialising in vocal psychotherapy.

Mary was born in 1925 and was the daughter of Jane Lewis, and the English writer and playwright J.B. Priestley. In her early years of her education, Mary developed as a very keen artist and writer as well as a violinist, and her early work included being an illustrative researcher for a book on Benjamin Britten, playing in a professional string quartet and being a copy writer for the travel firm, Thomas Cooke. She was married for seven years to Danish violinist, Sigvald Michelsen, living in Denmark during that period, and had three sons (twins, and a younger son David).

Mary is an important writer in our field and was way ahead of her time.  She was developing thinking about the ideas of Jung, Klein and Freud in relation to music therapy before it was in-vogue to do so in the UK, and her influential books Music Therapy in Action (1975; 2012) and Essays in Analytical Music Therapy (1994) were republished by Professor Kenneth Bruscia and Barcelona Publishers in recent years, when the international field had caught up with her ideas. In 1999, at the Ninth World Congress of Music Therapy, Analytical Music Therapy (and Mary’s contribution) was honoured as one of the five major acknowledged approaches in the international field. Professor Susan Hadley’s doctoral research explored a narrative analysis of the life and works of Clive Robbins and Mary Priestley (Hadley, 1998; 2001) and Hadley and Bruscia have done much to remind us about Mary’s innovative place in our discipline. Professor Bruscia initiated an archive of Mary’s writings, case notes and recordings at Temple University, Philadelphia, such was his respect for her work.

I remember as a student being quite puzzled by Mary’s explanation in a lecture, of transference and countertransference in music and – to be honest – at the time I thought it was rather far-fetched. However it was interesting returning to her writing a few years later in the 1980s when I had gained more experience with people with mental health challenges. I found her explanation for example of Jung’s concept of the (bright) shadow, for people with long history of psychiatric illness, and her reflections on the wounded healer and understanding the transference relationship both moving and insightful when I was less naïve about clinical practice.  Music Therapy in Action was one of my first readings as an aspiring student in 1979, and it was very accessible, personal, and conceptually clear, and deeply interesting to me as a novice. She was gifted as a writer in inspiring and engaging the reader.

In an interview with Professor Leslie Bunt for the Voices Journal in 2004, Mary shared many insights about her life, and her passion for the field.  She was also frank and open about her own journey with mental illness and the support she had received from her analysts, Dr Gerald Wooster and Dr Joe Redfearn. She talked about family, inspiration, her music therapy work and the importance of the arts in her development. I recommend readers to Leslie Bunt’s warm and respectful conversation, and to Sue Hadley’s article in the Nordic Journal if they would like to know more about Mary and her work. Interestingly – in the continued tradition of being ahead of her time – Mary observed her concern, in the 2004 Voices interview, to preserve the “art” of music therapy:

“When I started I was an artist and I worked as an artist. I think now that the music therapist is asked more to be a scientist. It is more technical and intellectual now, more research. More therapists are becoming doctors of this and that. And videos of work and things like that. It’s a change and I feel slightly uneasy about that. I don’t think the artist should be lost.” (Bunt, 2004)

I think Mary would be pleased and satisfied at the recent surge of interest in arts-based research in music therapy, and that her values and principles as a teacher, supervisor, therapist and writer will be honoured and continued by those who follow her. Rest in peace Mary, and sincere thanks are due to you for your vision, artistic integrity and commitment to the music therapy field.


Bunt, L. (2004). Mary Priestley interviewed by Leslie Bunt. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 4(2). doi:10.15845/voices.v4i2.180


IHC Library Liaison – May CluleePosted on: Friday, 15 December 2017

Kia Ora everyone. I have just taken on the role of IHC Library Liaison for Music Therapy NZ, and would like to introduce myself and give you some information about the library. 

May CluleeThe IHC Library in Wellington administers Music Therapy NZ’s library collection and I am excited to be part of promoting and growing our collection.  The Library has resources on all aspects of intellectual disability, autism and other developmental disabilities and is FREE to anyone living in New Zealand. Books are mailed out country wide at no cost if you are unable to visit in person. You only have to pay for the return postage. It’s an incredible resource available to us, so if you haven’t already done so, JOIN THE LIBRARY!

One of my jobs will be to recommend new books and resources to the IHC Librarian to purchase on behalf of Music Therapy NZ, and here is where I need your help to recommend books or other resources that you think would be worth adding to our collection.  Please contact Jenny, MThNZ Administrator or myself at

Here are some useful links to Music Therapy publishers to add to the Library wishlist:

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Barcelona Publishers: