Emily Hunt

  • Preschool Children: Music for Self Development, Intellectual & Physical Disability, Mental Health, Challenging Behaviour, Stress Management, Sensory Impairment
  • Primary and Intermediate Children: Music for Self Development, Intellectual & Physical Disability, Mental Health, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Challenging Behaviour, Stress Management, Sensory Impairment
Porirua, Kāpiti Coast,, Wellington

I specialise in working with children in mainstream and community settings. I am particularly passionate about inclusion and working within social settings to provide better outcomes for all

The real power of music lies in the connections that it can forge between people. I am passionate about using those connections to support children’s growth and development, encourage their sense of agency and build positive relationships.
I worked as an itinerant music educator for over 15 years. I retrained as a music therapist, graduating from NZSM in 2019. My orientation as a therapist has been influenced by teaching children with additional needs and parenting my own neurodivergent children.
I am a language consultant for Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy, and a member of MTh NZ’s research working group.

“It seems music crosses any language (and understanding) barrier, which for our children lets them at that time be as equal as so-called normal children. Though what is normal and who decides? I am so proud of my girl and how far she has come. Thanks for everything you have done for [my child]. I truly appreciate it.” (Parent)

Langlois Hunt, E. (2020). Developing a sense of belonging: A case study on the use of peer inclusion to support a child with selective mutism. 2nd place for the 2019 Morva Croxson Prize for Emerging Writers; upcoming publication New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy.
Hunt, E. J. (2019). What strategies did I use, as a music therapy student, to promote child-led cooperative play in an inclusive education setting? (Unpublished thesis). Victoria University of Wellington. http://hdl.handle.net/10063/8246

NZ Registered Music Therapist
Master of Music Therapy, NZSM, Victoria University of Wellington, 2019
Certificate in Teaching, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), UK, 2005
PhD in Theology, University of Birmingham, UK, 2000
Certificate in Counselling Skills, Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body (CPCAB), UK, 1999
BA (Hons) in Theology, University of Birmingam, UK, 1995