Music Therapy Week 2016

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New Zealand’s first ever Music Therapy Week happened from 21 – 29 May, 2016, with a theme of Celebrating Music Therapy. The focus of the week was to raise awareness of music therapy around the country and highlight all the great work happening around the country.

The week attracted some great media coverage, have a look below for links to stories:

Claire Molyneux on Radio NZ

Shari Storie on 95bfm

The CeleBRation Choir on One News

May Cluelee in the NZ Herald

SoundsWell Singers First Birthday in the Dominion Post

Music Therapy Week events were as follows:

(Click here for a downloadable event schedule)

May 21 – 29: Helensville

Music Therapy Display at the Helensville Art Centre.


Tuesday-Friday 10am-4.30pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm, 49 Commercial Road, Helensville, Rodney. Behind Helensville War Memorial Hall.

21 May: Lower Hutt

Market stall and music sessions from members of the Wellington Music Therapy group.


7am – 2pm, Riverbank Markets, Rutherford Street, Lower Hutt

23 May: Blenheim

Creative Kids will be running an Expressions Workshop at Whitney School. These workshops focus on encouraging self expression through the Music Therapy techniques of songwriting, relaxation and improvisation.

(Not open to the public)

24 May: Auckland

Music Therapy Symposium: Singing Together: Celebrating Music Therapy and Musical Partnerships

The symposium, at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research, is hosted by Prof. Suzanne Purdy (Head of Speech Science), Alison Talmage (Registered Music Therapist) and Shari Storie (Registered Music Therapist).

The symposium is open to everyone with an interested in music therapy, from academics through to potential music therapists through to those interested in music therapy. The afternoon will feature a performance from the CeleBRation Choir, presentations from the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, Southern Music Therapy, Music Moves Me Trust, speech-language therapist Robin Matthews, and Dr Te Oti Rakena (Head of Vocal Studies (Classical) at the University of Auckland.


1- 5pm, University of Auckland, Tamaki Campus – 261 Morrin Road,
Auckland 1072, New Zealand

The symposium is free to attend, but registrations in advance are essential and can be made here.

See here for more information.

25 May: Wellington

Massey Musicking.

An information booth for those interested in musicking and music therapy to find out more.


12 noon – 2pm, Massey University, The Pyramid, Wallace Street.

See here for more information

25 May: Blenheim

Creative Kids will be running an Expressions Workshop at Marlborough Girls’ College. These workshops focus on encouraging self expression through the Music Therapy techniques of songwriting, relaxation and improvisation.

(Not open to the public)

26 May: Cambridge

Music Moves Me Trust movie night

The Music Moves Me Trust is running a special fundraising screening of Hunt for the Wilderpeople.


7pm, Tivoli Theatre, 33 Lake Street, Cambridge

Tickets can be reserved by contacting the Trust on

See here for more information.

26 May: Christchurch

Kimberley Wade from Southern Music Therapy will provide a presentation called This Is Music Therapy. She will be covering many frequent questions about music therapy, the training required and provide examples for her clinical practice as a music therapist. There will be video examples and a live performance.

This event would be beneficial for professionals working in disability, people affected by a disability and anyone with a family member with a disability or an interest in music therapy. Light refreshments provided.


1.30 – 2.30pm, Granada Centre: Barcelona Room, St. John of God, 26 Nash Road, Halswell.

RSVP: Reception at St John of God (03) 3382009 or

See here for more information.

27 May: Wellington

SoundsWell Singers 1st Birthday open celebration

SoundsWell Singers are a Wellington choir supporting people with Parkinson’s disease, aphasia post stroke, and other neurological conditions.

To celebrate our 1st birthday, and in conjunction with NZ Music Therapy Week, SoundsWell Singers invite you to join us for an open choir session, followed by a mini-concert and a celebratory morning tea.

This will be a relaxed and fun morning, where you can find out more about the choir, meet the choir members and join in with a few songs before being sweetly serenaded! No singing experience needed.


10.30am – 12.30pm, St. John’s Church, 18 Bassett Rd, Johnsonville

See here for more information.

28 May: Wellington

Drumming Workshop with Neil Jourdan

An interactive drumming and singing workshop with Neil Jourdan. Neil is a registered music therapist and teacher. He is an accomplished percussionist and drummer who has over 15 years’ experience in drumming and drum facilitation.

Originally from South Africa, Neil has trained and worked with many Djembe teachers, both in Africa and the UK. He immigrated to New Zealand in 2009 where he has been working within thespecial needs education sector.


1 – 3pm, Community Music Junction, Level 1, 4 Hopper Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Koha for venue hire, $5 to hire a drum

Contact for further information.

See here for more information.

29 May: Auckland

The Auckland Music Therapy group will be running a stall at the Titirangi Village Market, and running a variety of music sessions at the market.


10am – 2pm, 500 South Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland