Helen Dowthwaite

Executive Officer for Music Therapy NZ

Response to the Crisis in the Ukraine

The World Federation of Music Therapy Global Crisis Intervention Commission (WFMT-GCIC) – link to learn about the commission here – are undertaking activities and initiatives in response to the crisis in Ukraine. The first is a Webinar panel offering technical guidance on how to work with war refugees. This will take place on March 12th, 3pm GMT. This may be of interest to …

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Mauri Tui Tuia – Creative Therapies in New Zealand

Te Arawhiti – Creative Therapies in Collaboration Online workshop – FREE 7-8pm, Monday 21st March 2022   Sharing practical activities that weave music and dance movement therapy practice, Jan and Katie from Mauri Tui Tuia will host you in this one-off free workshop to celebrate the launch of Mauri Tui Tuia – Creative Therapies NZ.   …

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New paper on the effectiveness of music therapy for children and young people on the autism spectrum

The NZ Autism Spectrum Disorder Guidelines supplementary paper on the effectiveness of music therapy has just been released; and the new recommendation is that “Music therapy can enhance social communication skills and should be considered for children and young people on the autism spectrum”. This is a significant breakthrough which has come as a result …

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Christmas hours 2019-2020

MThNZ  office will be closed on Tuesday 24th December 2019 and will reopen Monday 6 January 2020 In event of emergency, please contact President and Interim Chair, Linda Webb – president@musictherapy.org.nz or 021 975530      Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Space to Play: space, improvisation and relationships in music therapy

Dr Philippa Derrington, Programme Leader of the MSc Music Therapy (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh), and Nicky Haire, Violinist, Lecturer in Music Therapy (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh ) and PhD Candidate at The University of Edinburgh, facilitated ‘Space to play’ on Saturday 14th December 2019 in the Adam Concert Room (ACR) at New Zealand School of …

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Stand Children’s Services Tu Maia Whanau

Registered music therapist DEVIN BROOKS explains how music therapy “reaches into the corners of the brain”, and can have a transformative impact on children, adults and whānau. By KATE BARBER.   Beyond merely providing pleasure or transporting us to a different time and place, music can change the brain, and impact positively on our lives, and those …

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Cantabrainers Christmas Choir

Concert to be held on Wednesday 18 December. Please find the invitation attached and details below Date: Wednesday 18 December Time: 10am – 11.30am (followed by morning tea) Venue: The Salvation Army, 853 Colombo Street, Christchurch We would love to see you there if you happen to be in Christchurch on this date.

Music Therapy New Zealand proudly presents ‘Building Confidence’

Today is International Children’s Day! Here at Music Therapy New Zealand we felt this was a good time to share our new video! This has a focus on senior students in a Learning Support Unit (LSU) making big personal gains through participation in group Music Therapy. Starring the awesome students at Rongotai College, Wellington! #InternationalChildrensDay #MusicThearpy #Confidence