Jingyuan (Cici) Kong

  • Preschool Children: Physical & Intellectual Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Primary/Intermediate Children: Physical & Intellectual Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Challenging Behaviour
  • Elderly: Dementia

After completing a bachelor degree in music performance ( Chinese instruments), I had some work experience in the field of special needs in China and some language and music teaching experience in New Zealand.

When I was offering music workshops at schools in New Zealand, I was surprised, however, that how much children with special needs enjoyed music.

My music therapy work is person-centred and I am able to connect with people through music in a playful and relaxing way. I particularly enjoy working with children. I believe that children are kind, sincere, enthusiastic and generous. When they express these characteristics and feelings, we all receive a kind of therapy. I also benefits greatly from the experience of working with elderly people.  I feel that I now have a better understanding of how to care for them with patience and compassion.

“Cici has wonderful nature and rapport with the children. She always remains confident and calm with the children throughout her music sessions. She is not timid to try new ideas and willingly works with all the students without hesitation – regardless of any individual student’s challenging behaviours. She has a great ability to engage and play with the students at their level. The children require no prompting to walk with her or join her in the other room to participate in individual music sessions – they just follow her. The children are always at the centre of her sessions and she reflects and monitors their responses throughout. She finishes the session always at just the right time by monitoring their behaviours and responses.”( A Liaison from my placement)
  • Bachelor of Music Performance(Majoring in Chinese Pipa, Minoring in Chinese Ruan and Ocarina), Xiamen University, China, 2012
  • Master of Music Therapy, Victoria University of Wellington, 2018