Music Therapy New Zealand Celebrates Music Therapy Week 2024: ‘Looking Back Moving Forward’

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Music Therapy Week 10th - 15th April 2024 Highlights

Photo:Sophie Sabri – supplied by PIKIHUIA

Photo: Emily Hunt – Supplied by Emily Hunt

Music Therapy New Zealand (MThNZ) is delighted to announce the upcoming Music Therapy Week, aligning with the World Federation of Music Therapy’s (WFMT) Music Therapy Week, from 10th – 15th April 2024.

The 2024 theme ‘Looking Back Moving Forward’ serves as a poignant reflection on the rich history within the music therapy profession, honouring the dedicated individuals and co-collaborators working towards the growth of music therapy in New Zealand.

For Music Therapy Week 2024, MThNZ is excited to offer the opportunity to interview registered Music Therapists from across Aotearoa. These passionate professionals will share their insights into why music therapy is crucial for individuals and communities.

MThNZ’s purpose is to champion potential and well-being through the professional use of music therapy. As a therapeutic practice, music therapy is carefully planned to assist the health and personal growth of individuals with identified needs.

Registered music therapists possess highly honed skills to work with a diverse range of conditions, including physical and intellectual disabilities, neurological conditions, mental health and mood disorders, and substance abuse issues. 

The adaptability and versatility of music therapy enable its application in various contexts such as schools, community spaces, hospitals, care and supported living facilities, prisons, and private practices.

Sarah Cole, Executive Officer of Music Therapy NZ, emphasizes, “In Aotearoa, music therapy is increasingly being used to assist in general wellbeing, providing support for those living through the challenges of trauma, separation, grief, and end-of-life care.

The WFMT’s initiative for a World Music Therapy Week (WMTW), celebrated annually from the 10th to the 15th of April, highlights the global connectedness of music therapy. This event encourages music therapists and supporters worldwide to engage in activities that raise awareness and advocate for the therapeutic benefits of music.

Sarah Cole notes, “Music therapy transcends borders, and the global recognition through World Music Therapy Week emphasizes the collective commitment to improving lives through the power of music.

New Zealand contributes significantly to the worldwide trend of success for clients through music therapy. Our passionate and highly skilled therapists are dedicated to utilising music to enhance the lives of individuals facing diverse challenges. As a country, we strive to be at the forefront of promoting the global connectedness and therapeutic impact of music therapy.

This Music Therapy Week, MThNZ offers the opportunity to engage with registered Music Therapists from across Aotearoa. Here are some notable therapists and more events will be added in the weeks to come.

Liz Bolwell – A registered music therapist for almost ten years, Liz specalises in person-centered music therapy with a focus on rhythm. She passionately supports communication, emotional well-being, and cognitive functioning. Based in Canterbury, Liz’s dedication is evident in her project ReSet ’24, a community music therapy group for former refugee and migrant children, fostering their connection to Aotearoa New Zealand.

Event: ReSet ’24 Workshop
Date & Time: Wednesday, 10th April, 4 – 5pm
Venue: Riccarton Baptist Church, 80 Rattray Street Riccarton

Sophie Sabri – A registered music therapist based in Wellington, Sophie is committed to making music accessible for self-expression, life skills, and community connections. With a background in Clinical Psychology, she brings a unique perspective to her work, actively fostering community well-being.

Inclusive Voices: Empowering Talents Open Mic Night
Date & Time: Friday, 12th April, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Evaro, Level 1, 65 Cuba Street, Wellington

Musicking Together, special edition for Music Therapy Week
Date & Time: Wednesday, 10th April, 6 – 8pm
Venue: Evaro, Level 1, 65 Cuba Street, Wellington

Sinead Hegarty – A recipient of The KEECT Master of Music Therapy Award, Sinead’s journey has involved working with adults with intellectual disabilities and individuals facing complex mental health challenges. With a background in genetics and international experiences in Spain and Morocco, Sinead emphasizes the importance of intercultural dialogue in her music therapy practice.

Music Alley at ‘Lift Off’ Children’s Festival
Date & Time: Saturday, 13th April, 10am – 12pm
Venue: Toi Toi Performing Arts & Events Centre

Mums & Bubs Music
Date & Time: Monday, 15th April, 9.30am – 12pm
Venue: Heretaunga Women’s Centre

These events offer a glimpse into the transformative power of music therapy in New Zealand, emphasizing its contribution to the well-being of individuals and communities.

About Music Therapy New Zealand (MThNZ)

Music Therapy New Zealand is dedicated to championing potential and wellbeing through the professional use of Music Therapy. With a focus on inclusivity, collaboration, and a rich history, MThNZ aims to enhance the impact of music therapy in New Zealand and contribute to the global success of this therapeutic practice.

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