Symposium 2021 Presenter Profiles

Daphne Rickson

Angela Jeong

Daphne is an Adjunct Professor at the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has extensive experience as a music therapy practitioner, teacher, and researcher and is particularly renowned for her work with children and adolescents who have learning support needs. Her research has attracted significant external grants, led to invitations to speak at international conferences and to serve on scientific committees, and resulted in extensive publication record including a book, two chapters, and 35 journal articles. 

Daphne is the current Australasian Regional Liaison on the World Federation of Music Therapy Council, and President Emeritus, and a Life Member, of Music Therapy New Zealand. Daphne was a member of the World Federation Research and Ethics Commission from 2011 to 2014 and has been Regional Liaison for the Australia and New Zealand Region since July 2019. Drawing on all this experience, her presentation will provide an exciting glimpse into the work on the World Federation of Music Therapy and motivate ongoing collaborations between New Zealand music therapists and their international colleagues.

Angela Jeong is a music therapist based in Auckland. She holds a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from University of Auckland. An affiliate of the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre since 2016, Angela’s experience has included working with individuals who have disabilities, life-threatening illness, emotional needs and trauma. With a commitment to professional development, Angela advances her skills including participating in certificate programmes on Nordoff-Robbins music therapy method in NYU, DIR-Floortime method from Developmental Music Health Services and in clinical supervision at NZCMC.

Through her use of letter boards as her primary means of communication, Becky illustrates the common misunderstandings society has about autism and reveals the implications these stereotypes have in therapy. Through Becky’s voice, the experience of an individual with autism is shared illuminating the challenges and limitations of providing therapy based on the bodily and verbal expressions of individuals on the autism spectrum. Hearing Becky’s own lived experience of music therapy and autism remains imperative in understanding the potential music therapy may entail for persons with autism. Becky’s words, Andrea’s input, and tailoring music to Becky’s ideas communicated on the letter boards create true client-centred therapy for her. There is more to tell “if some are ready to listen” as Becky states.

Sophie Sabri

Lucy Kelly

Sophie Sabri is a central Wellington based music therapist. She has a passion for making music accessible to anyone. In her poster presentation, Sophie will take you through the journey of starting and running a community music circle in Wellington. She collaborates with various local musicians and music therapists to create opportunities for inclusion, community participation and social connectedness. 

Sophie works as a contractor and her business in Wellington is called “Musicwell therapy service”. You can find more details on her website.

Lucy is a Christchurch based music therapist specialising in children who have experienced complex trauma. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Masters degree in Music Therapy. Lucy currently works at Stand Children’s Services Tū Māia Whānau and Southern Music Therapy. 

Lucy’s presentation will explore the impacts early trauma has on the growing brain and how music therapy can provide a safe, secure and predictable environment where children can experience positive connections, creatively express themselves and feel empowered.  

Hyunah Cho

Liz Wallace

Hyunah Cho recently finished her PhD in music therapy at the University of Otago. Her thesis is interdisciplinary research located at the intersection of music therapy, medical anthropology, and medical ethnomusicology. As a clinical psychotherapist and music therapist, she worked at Steiner schools and psychiatric hospitals in South Korea and came to Dunedin in 2017 for her PhD. Hyunah provides personal music therapy sessions for people in Dunedin while working as a teaching fellow and tutor at the anthropology and education department at the University of Otago. 

At her presentation, by exploring the participants’ experiences of Anthroposophical Music Therapy (AnMT) in South Korean anthroposophical communities, Hyunah’s study examines how cultural context influences the participants’ musical healing experience. The shared cultural understanding in Korean anthroposophical communities was the “situated practise” (Kenny, 1982) of participants by providing a familiar and supportive context when they experienced healing via AnMT. This result is significant enough to be the basis of a new culturally sensitive healing model, which I have named the ‘wifi model’, which emphasises the significance of the cultural musical context and medical pluralism in music therapy practices. 

Liz Wallace, registered music therapist and clinical supervisor will present ‘Working it out together: empowering community support workers to use music to help adults with learning (intellectual) disabilities.’

I am a NZ registered music therapist based in Ōtautahi / Christchurch. I have been working as a music therapist for over 25 years, mainly with children and adults with learning (intellectual) and multiple disabilities. I currently work in community and school settings, within the team at Therapy Professionals Ltd. I am a trained clinical supervisor – Post Grad Cert Health Science (Advanced Psychotherapy) – Clinical Supervision (Auckland University of Technology), and provide supervision to music therapists and music therapy students.

In this presentation ‘Working it out together: empowering community support
workers to use music to help adults with learning (intellectual) disabilities’ I will give a background to how this work has evolved in my music therapy practice, talk about the strengths and needs of the people with learning disabilities, discuss the contexts the work happens within, the roles of community support workers, the diversity of their backgrounds and experience, the philosophical underpinning of the work and illustrate this with examples.

Alison Talmage

Songwriting with the CeleBRation Choir:

A Matrix of Approaches to Support Identity, Communication & Advocacy

This presentation will focus on songwriting with and for the CeleBRation Choir, whose participants live with acquired conditions such as Parkinson’s, stroke or dementia. Songwriting took on special significance during the 2020 lockdowns, and remains an important focus. Community singing promotes wellbeing so audience participation will be encouraged as we think about different approaches to songwriting. Find out more about the CeleBRation Choir on our website, or view a short documentation film.