Hazel Barrett

  • Primary/Intermediate: Physical and Intellectual Disability
  • Adolescent: Mental Health
  • Elderly: Palliative Care and Neurodisability

Music has always been my passion which led me to study for a BA(Hons) Music at the University of Leeds in the UK, focusing on community music and composition.

After graduating in 2012 I worked as a piano tutor and community musician for various charities, including work with families with children with disabilities and leading a choir for people living with dementia. I became more interested in the therapeutic power of music and returned to New Zealand to study on the Master of Music Therapy course at Victoria University of Wellington. My research focused on the use of community Music Therapy with older adults living in residential care. I currently work privately and with the Music Therapy practice Music for Life.

“What we appreciate the most about Hazel is the lengths she goes to, to tailor her sessions to people’s needs. She is kind, professional and empathetic. We know our residents look forward to her visits.”
Recreation Officer.

– Co-organiser of the symposium ‘Life in the Music Therapy Profession: Stories from New Zealand Music Therapists’ for music therapy week 2018.
– Write up by Dr Daphne Rickson in the December 2018 edition of MusT.

• NZRMTh with Provisional Registration
• Master of Music Therapy, Victoria University of
Wellington 2019
• BA(Hons) Music, University of Leeds (UK), 2012