Alison (Ali) Talmage

  • Preschool Children, Primary & Intermediate Children, Adolescents: Intellectual & Physical Disabilities, Mental Health, Neurodisability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Challenging Behaviour, Communication Disorders, Sensory Impairment, Palliative & Bereavement Care
  • Adults & Elderly: Neurological, Communication Disorders, Epilepsy
  • Elderly: Palliative & Bereavement Care
  • Supervision
Auckland

I have a strengths-based, music-centred approach and enjoy supporting people with diverse needs to make positive change through collaborative engagement and musical participation.

I am an experienced music therapist and supervisor, and enjoy working with people with diverse needs across the lifespan. I focus on supporting people make positive change through collaborative engagement and musical participation.  I trained at the NZ School of Music (Massey & Victoria Universities, 2004-2007) after many years as a teacher, and have completed additional study in supervision, psychotherapy practice and research methods.

I am currently a part-time doctoral student focusing on singing for adults with acquired neurological conditions (University of Auckland) and work part-time with the CeleBRation Choir, Sing Up Rodney, as the day group coordinator for Harbour Hospice, and in private practice. I am a member of Music Therapy NZ and an overseas member of the British Association for Music Therapy.

  • 2018 Nov 10 – CBR Symposium: Research Singing Together 
  • 2017 July – CBR Neurological Choirs Workshop, In collaboration with Music Therapy Week
  • 2016 May – CBR Music Therapy Symposium, in collaboration with Music Therapy Week

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Molyneux, C., Talmage, A., & McGann, H. (2016). A Music Therapy New Zealand report on music therapy provision in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy, 14, 25-54.
  • Fogg-Rogers, L. Buetow, S., Talmage, A., McCann, C.M., Leão, S.H.S., Tippett, L.,…Purdy, S.C. (2016). Choral singing therapy following stroke or Parkinson’s disease: An exploration of participants’ experiences. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38(10). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2015.1068875
  • Willis, M., Watson, J., & Talmage, A. (2014). Navigating cross-cultural pathways in Rarotonga: An exploratory collaboration bringing together a music therapist, a speech-language therapist, the Cook Islands Ministry of Education and a day centre for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. NZ Journal of Music Therapy 12, 58-86.
  • Buetow, S., Talmage, A., McCann, C., Fogg, L., & Purdy, S. (2013). Conceptualising how group singing may enhance quality of life with Parkinson’s disease. Disability & Rehabilitation, 36(5), 430-433. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2013.793749
  • Talmage, A., Ludlam, S., Leão, S., Fogg Rogers, L., & Purdy, S. (2013). Leading the CeleBRation Choir: The Choral Singing Therapy protocol and the role of the music therapist in a social singing group for adults with neurological conditions. NZ Journal of Music Therapy 11, 7-50.
  • Molyneux, C., Koo, N., Piggot-Irvine, E., Talmage, A., Travaglia, R., & Willis, M. (2012). Doing it together: Collaborative research on goal-setting and review in a music therapy centre. NZ Journal of Music Therapy, 10, 6-38.
  • Fogg, L., & Talmage, A. (2011). The CeleBRation Choir: Establishing community group choral singing for people living with neurological conditions. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 21 (1-2), 264-267.
  • Fogg L., Talmage A., & Purdy, S. (2011). Community choirs for people with brain disease: Social singing or potential therapy? Brain Impairment, 12 (Supplement), 8.
  • Cooper, A., & Molyneux, C. (2009). Singing the same tune? Co-therapy to support clients experiencing a change of music therapist. NZ Journal of Music Therapy, 7, 32-60.
  • Cooper, A. (2008). Review of F. Simpson (2007). ‘Every note counts: The story of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy’. NZ Journal of Music Therapy, 6, 104-107.

Book Chapters

  • Talmage, A. (2017). At the end of the day (p. 42; Florence (pp. 111-115), and Let the children teach you (pp. 46-54). In C. Molyneux (Ed.), Only connect: Stories from New Zealand Music Therapy Nelson, New Zealand: Mountain Girl Publishing. [Reprinted 2018 as Tales from the music therapy room. London, England: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.]
  • Talmage, A., Storie, S., Hicks, R. (2017). Choral singing therapy for people living with neurological conditions: The CeleBRation Choir at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research. In C. Molyneux (Ed.), Only connect: Stories from New Zealand Music Therapy (pp. 116-127). Nelson, New Zealand: Mountain Girl Publishing. [Reprinted 2018 as Tales from the music therapy room. London, England: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.]
  • Talmage, A. (2015). Working together, playing together: Co-creating a music therapy space for young children with special needs. In C. Miller (Ed.), Arts therapists in multidisciplinary settings: Working together for better outcomes, pp.153-165 London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Talmage, A., & Molyneux, C. (2014). Individual music therapy for an adolescent with severe cerebral palsy. In C. Miller (Ed.), Assessment and outcomes in the arts therapies: A person-centred approach, pp.186-203. London, England: Jessica Kingsley Publisher.
  • Talmage, A., Fogg, L., Leão, S., & Purdy, S. (2014). Choral Singing Therapy for a client with Parkinson’s disease. In C. Miller (Ed.), Assessment and outcomes in the arts therapies: A person-centred approach, pp.54-66. London, England: Jessica Kingsley Publisher.

  • Post Graduate Certificate Education Health Science (Clinical Supervision), AUT,  2015
  • Post Graduate Certificate Education Health Science (Adv Psychotherapy Practice), AUT, 2014
  • Master Music Therapy (Hons), NZSM, 2007
  • Master Education, UWE (UK), 1997
  • Post Graduate Certificate Education, Aberystwyth (UK), 1984
  • Bachelor Arts (Hons), UK, 1983