Congratulations to Marjorie Orchiston on being awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for………Posted on: Friday, 8 June 2018
“Congratulations to MThNZ life member Marjorie Orchiston on
being awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to
Music Therapy and as a Pianist”.
Marjorie Orchiston is an important figure in the story of music therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand, and Music Therapy New Zealand (MThNZ) are delighted to see Marjorie receive national recognition for her services to music therapy and as a pianist.
Before music therapy became a recognised profession in Aotearoa, Marjorie Orchiston was skilfully using music therapeutically in her work with children and older adults. Over the years, Marjorie worked closely with pioneer music therapist Mary Brooks, and together they produced “We used to sing and dance”, and “With music in mind”, two practical guides to the creative use of music with people living in rest homes and care facilities, and particularly those living with dementia. Marjorie has been an avid supporter of music therapy as a developing profession, including providing generous financial support to MThNZ. She has been an inspiration and a source of considerable encouragement for many emerging music therapists over the years. This has included giving lectures to students on the Masters of Music Therapy course at the New Zealand School of Music.
Marjorie is a highly skilled pianist, and has spent much of her life involved in theatre, radio, television, and the recording industry, as a performer, accompanist and musical director. This included many years as a familiar voice for children and their parents on national radio, collaborating with Kate Harcourt and preparing and presenting the music for the popular show, “Listen with Mother”.
In 2010, Marjorie was awarded MThNZ life membership in recognition of her valuable contribution to the profession, and the way in which her use of music has enriched the lives of so many New Zealanders over the years. It is with great pleasure that we see further recognition of this through her inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday honours list this year.
With thanks to Barbara Mabbett for much of the information provided above.
Disability Connect – Support Group Meeting 24th May – Invite NZ Registered Music Therapist from Raukatauri Music Therapy CentrePosted on: Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Wonderful opportunity for parents to hear from a NZ Registered Music Therapist from Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, one of our corporate members, about how music therapy can support children and adults loving with disabilities.”Disability Connect is delighted to announce the Parents’ Support group meeting in May 2018.
This month they have invited ‘Russell Scoones’, Music Therapist and Clinical Team Leader from Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre to talk about how Music Therapy can support a person with a disability.
The ability to respond to sound and music is an inborn quality in all human beings. Pulse and rhythm are found in the heartbeat, in breathing and movement. Pitch and rhythm give the voice expressive and communicative qualities. Music therapy can help children and adults with a wide range of special needs, including those needing support with physical, intellectual, behavioural, developmental, and emotional issues.
Through music therapy, people of all ages are able to make huge gains, such as:
improving motor skills and speech growing their self-confidence and self-awareness strengthening social skills Improving memory, behaviour, and concentration
Russell will talk about what happens in music therapy sessions and how each person experiences music improvised uniquely with and for them, and how it may help develop new skills that can be transferred to other aspects of life and create new possibilities for participation in the world.
Thursday 24th May 2018 – 5.30pm till 8pm, Whanau Room, Mt Richmond School,30 Albion Road, Otahuhu, Auckland, Free entry and free parking, Complimentary light supper included
Disabilities Connect main aim in hosting these parents’ meetings is to encourage and enable building a supportive community. We welcome children, provided they are supervised by a family member.
Please note there is a charge of $50.00 for professionals who wish to attend this meeting.
For catering purposes it is important to register your interest. Please email Disability Connect (email@example.com), phone 09 636 0351 or text Asoka at 027 457 8571 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book.
(In keeping with their ethos of working inclusively and cross-culturally with an ethnically diverse community, we are inviting all families caring for a person with a disability to attend this meeting).
CBR Neurological Choirs Workshop, in collaboration with MThNZPosted on: Thursday, 22 March 2018
This exciting gathering at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research (CBR) planned in response to the growing number of choirs, singing groups and music therapy approaches for people living with a neurological condition. The CBR Music Therapy Week Neurological Choirs Workshop, in collaboration with MThNZ, was hosted by Professor Suzanne Purdy (Head of Speech Science at the University of Auckland, and the lead researcher with the CeleBRation Choir) , and Alison Talmage RMTh and previously Shari Storie RMTh who lead the Choir. Participants included music therapists, speech-language therapists, community musicians and students, from Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Palmerston North, the Wairarapa, Wellington, Dunedin… and a surprise guest was Stefano Bonnini, a statistician from the University of Ferrara, Italy, who was presenting a seminar at the University of Auckland.
The workshop incorporated both theoretical and experiential sessions, focusing on both musical approaches and information sharing about selected neurological conditions. Shari initiated an introductory session, inviting people to introduce themselves musically – while not wanting to put anyone on the spot, we acknowledged that this caused some anxiety, an experience shared by many people joining a choir or music therapy group for the first time. Alison gave a brief introduction to “neurological choirs” in New Zealand and acknowledged the overlapping interests of music therapists, speech-language therapists, musicians and community groups. Dr Clare McCann, Senior Lecturer in Speech Science, gave a presentation about aphasia and other communication difficulties arising from stroke. An overview of Parkinson’s disease was presented by Robin Matthews, Speech-Language Therapist for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board and founder of the Brainwave Singers, Tauranga. Robin is currently completing his PhD, focusing on the benefits of singing for people with Parkinson’s. Megan Berentson-Glass joined Alison to co-facilitate an experiential session, focusing on warm-ups, song choice, songleading, and balancing individual and group strengths, interests and needs. In the afternoon, participants joined the CeleBRation Choir for their regular weekly session, and several took the opportunity to lead a song.
The workshop was jointly funded by the University of Auckland, a modest registration fee, and a MThNZ Judith Clark grant towards travel expenses for some of our presenters. Feedback from both the choir members and the workshop participants was unanimously enthusiastic. Our next step is the more formal establishment of our network, with plans for a social media closed group to offer peer support. We invite others interested in this area to contact us. Selma Blazey, a MThNZ Friend member from the Bay of Plenty, also recommended that people with an interest in this field join MThNZ – membership information is available from http://www.musictherapy.org.nz/support.
This year we have a Psychology Honours student, Jordyn Thompson, undertaking a research project that builds on last year’s investigation of choir experiences and quality of life for participants in two choirs for people living with a neurological condition. Jordyn’s work includes a survey of a purposive sample of community choir participants, to help us compare group data from these two groups. International research strongly supports singing for wellbeing, for the general population, and it will be good to have some New Zealand data. If you are interested in knowing more about this research, please email email@example.com.
The CeleBRation Choir is a social singing group for people living with neurological conditions, an initiative of the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research. For further information, see: www.cbr.Auckland.ac.nz/choir, and please “like” our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CeleBRationChoirNZ.
Alison Talmage and Shari Storie firstname.lastname@example.org
MThNZ Chair Report March 2018Posted on: Wednesday, 21 March 2018
As acknowledged in my November report, I would like to reiterate my thanks to all Council members for their ongoing support and the significant workload that they collectively continue to achieve on behalf of the membership. A special thank you also to Jenny who left the administrators role last week. She came into the then 15 hours a week position at the end of June last year. As a result of our review of the administration position in the interim, we have identified that the workload actually requires 25 hours per week. Knowing that 15 hours was an upper limit for Jenny in addition to her other commitments, we offered to look at employing another part time person to take up the additional time. However, Jenny has decided to not continue, and we appreciate her assistance in transitioning Lisa Stanley into the role over the last week and will miss her positive disposition and professionalism. A special thank you to Kerry too who has expediated recruiting Lisa on a temporary three month assignment through his connections with Consult Accounting & Finance Recruitment. She has a wealth of management, administrative and accounting experience that has involved working with a wide range of people.
Under the umbrella of the Communications portfolio, Shari continues to facilitate the Digital Communication Strategy Review working group with a focus on website and forum development, and as you will know from her recent email, she is currently involved in meeting with potential website designers with the view of launching a new website during the October Music Therapy Week. She has also invited members to signal their interest or that of others, in contributing to a newly established Marketing working group. Alison Talmage’s valuable work as Editor of the NZ Journal of Music Therapy is evident in the latest edition, and we thank everyone for their feedback via the journal survey and especially Shari who has also provided assistance with this.
In addition to meeting potential website designers with Shari, guiding Lisa into the financial and operational processes of the administration position, and coordinating the Finance portfolio, Kerry continues to provide an enormous amount of expertise and support to MThNZ as an organisation. Heather Fletcher will also be reconvening the Professional Standards of Practice working group soon so please watch out for an email inviting members to be part of this, and please contact Lisa if you would like to be involved in some way in any other area that matches your interests and expertise. Your views are important to us, as in aiming to meet the needs of members, we need your input to everything we do. Megan will also be making contact, with those previously involved in the Health Special Interest Group (SIG:H) to call for nominations for a new coordinator, as Alison Talmage has stepped back from this role to focus on other things. We thank Alison for her time and contributions in establishing and co-ordinating this group.
With at least two vacant positions and the aim of strengthening Council with appropriate skill sets and spreading the workload, we need to add further balance and expertise with communication, marketing, public relations, business and accounting capabilities on the Council. As part of the AGM, Council elections will be held on 1st September 2018 in Auckland. Please forward to me (Linda: email@example.com ) any suggestions you have by considering client, family and friend connections who may have any one, or a combination of these skills. As our most recent graduate on Council, Nolan Hodgson will also be encouraging new graduates to consider becoming a Council member.
As previously signalled, our current strategic plan expires this year and leading on from our November workshop session, the Council has refined the wording of our purpose, mission and values statements. Prior to doing this, it was a pleasure and privilege to meet with President Emeriti Morva Croxson and Daphne Rickson, and previous Council Member and Journal Editor Barbara Mabbett in late January to gather their perspectives and feedback too, concerning the wording. At the Council’s meeting in February it was agreed that the new strategic plan would cover 3 years (2019 – 2021), and the agreed wording to date is as follows:
Purpose: ‘To champion potential and well-being through the professional use of music Therapy’
Mission: MThNZ is a membership organisation that advocates the employment of NZ registered Music Therapists (NZRMTh) and governs their ethical standards and practice in working to enhance Hauora and Waiora of the people of Aotearoa New Zealand
- Ora (hauora and waiora)–Promoting and working towards sustainability and balanced overall well-being,
- Reciprocity / Whanaungatanga – Fostering relationships that are connected, reciprocal and inclusive
- Creativity / Awhatanga – Celebrate our diversity, passion, spark and vitality
- Professionalism / Te Taumata – Supporting and advocating for the highest quality evidenced based ethical practise with integrity and confidence
If you have any comments about this wording, please share your feedback with Linda – firstname.lastname@example.org
At our February and follow up online March 2018 Council meetings, the following was also discussed and maybe of interest to you:
- On World Music Therapy Day 1st March, a video was released on our Facebook page that was voluntarily produced by Louise Pattison in conjunction with Megan, and as Shari has reported, it has had many hits!! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet. A huge thank you to all who were involved in this highly successful project.
- Due to previous success, Music Therapy Week will again take place, but the month will be October rather than July in 2018, from Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th October 2018 and in line with World Music Therapy Day the theme is to be ‘Spring into Music Therapy’
- 16th World Congress of Music Therapy is to be held in South Africa, July 2020, dates and location still to be confirmed.
On behalf of the Council, we look forward to continuing to work with you as a member and welcome your feedback as we continue to progress MThNZ as the key support and advocate of Music Therapy practice in New Zealand Aotearoa.
MThNZ Council Chair
Catching up with Singapore Music TherapistsPosted on: Friday, 16 March 2018
Catching up with Singapore Music Therapists
In the spirit of international collegiality, May Clulee caught up with Music Therapy colleagues in Singapore during her recent trip to see family. May was a founder member of the Association for Music Therapy Singapore (AMTS), which recently celebrated its 10th year. She was excited to hear about how the profession is growing in leaps and bounds and now has more than 30 professional members represented across the educational, health and community sectors. May also presented AMTS with the latest issue of the New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy, on behalf of editor Alison Talmage. Regrettably May wasn’t able to catch up with recent NZSM Music Therapy graduates Cheri Ang and Farina Riazini but wishes them all the best.
For more information about Music Therapy in Singapore visit www.music therapy.org.sg
New Administrator Lisa StanleyPosted on: Tuesday, 13 March 2018
We would like to announce a new Administrator has joined Music Therapy NZ. Introducing Lisa Stanley who is taking over the reigns from Jenny on email@example.com this week.
Jenny is leaving to dedicate more time to her study and will support Lisa through the transition. Welcome aboard Lisa!
AMTA Conference 2018 Call for AbstractsPosted on: Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Sydney 14-16 September 2018
Call for Abstracts (closing 15th May)
This year’s theme is: ‘Music Therapy the chameleon: exploring the diversity, scope and balance of adaption’.
As music therapists, we are constantly adapting to a variety of landscapes, cultures, roles, people and politics. We adapt our approaches, technology, theories and research. We adapt to meet client needs, establish and maintain employment, and expand body of evidence. Such capacity for adaption has facilitated growth and development of our profession. It has also generated enormous diversity that is unique to music therapy.
At this conference, we invite you to explore the facilitators, barriers, successes, challenges, benefits and concerns of our adaptability, including:
1. Adapting to landscapes (professional roles, people, politics and current trends)
2. Adapting to culture
3. Adapting resources and therapeutic tools for clinical practice
4. Striving for balance
For any program enquiries, please contact the AMTA scientific chair, Alison Stewart: AlisonLiewStewart@gmail.com
International Training in Montpellier FrancePosted on: Tuesday, 27 February 2018
International Training in Montpellier France
July 16 – 19, 2018 “ Neurologic Music Therapy ”
The training is in English language (Translation in French)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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: http://www.musictherapy.org.
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 fromhttp://www.musictherapy.org.
Winners of the Morva Croxson Prize for Emergent WritersPosted on: Monday, 12 February 2018
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.