Kathryn Stevenson

  • Adult, Preschool Children, Elderly:
  • Intellectual and Physical Disability
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Challenging Behaviour, Sensory Impairment

I enjoy being a music therapist because I get to use music while I work, and see positive results as the music ‘touches’ someone and assists them to grow.

Born in NZ, I have worked as a music therapist for the past 21 years in the U.S.A. where I trained at several facilities in New Zealand. Populations worked with include children with physical and intellectual disabilities, youth and adults with a variety of needs.

Currently I manage my own private practice in Ellerslie/Greenlane, while also teaching the flute.  Music improvisation and “music in the moment” are a feature of my work. This means the music is ‘tailor-made” and can be changed for each individual to suit their needs and responses, movements, and levels of participation.

  • Book review: Miller, C. (2016). Arts Therapists in Multidisciplinary Settings. Working Together for Better Outcomes . London, England: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Journal review: British Journal of Music Therapy 29 (1), 2015. MusT newsletter, August 2015. (newsletter of MThNZ).
  • Journal review: British Journal of Music Therapy 28 (2), 2014. MusT newsletter, August 2015. (newsletter of MThNZ)
  • Millicent McIvor interviewed by Kathryn Stevenson. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. Retrieved March 9, 2009,
    from http://www.voices.no/mainissues/mi40009000317.php
  • Book Review. Goodman, K. D. (2007). Music Therapy Group-work with Special Needs Children. The Evolving Process. Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd. Springfield, Illinois, U.S.A. The NZ Journal of Music Therapy, 6, 2008.
  • From Reading to the doing; the practical component of Becoming a Music Therapist. International Music Therapy World Congress 2008 Conference Abstracts.
  • Music Therapy Assisted Communication with `Children with Severe Disabilities. The NZ Journal of Music Therapy, 1, 2003.

  • Master of Art, Music Therapy, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA, 1998