Katie Pureti

  • Preschool Children: Physical & Intellectual Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Primary/Intermediate Children: Physical & Intellectual Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Trauma, Sexual Abuse
  • Adolescent: Mental Health, Prison, Trauma
  • Adult: Prison
Whangarei, Northland

Katie is part of a long legacy of musicians and singers, growing up performing folk, gospel and classical music with her parents and siblings.

After completing a Bachelor of Music in voice and piano, she moved to Cambodia to teach music in prisons. This experience changed her profoundly and she went on to found a charity campaign called Shoeless, supporting children’s education throughout Cambodia.

Following several years of teaching music in primary, secondary, tertiary and adult community settings in both NZ and Asia, Katie undertook the Master of Music Therapy degree at Victoria University. She completed this degree in 2017 with first class honours, and began working with the wonderful team at Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre.

Katie has worked with adults with neurological conditions, children and families with a variety of needs including disabilities and trauma, and young people with disabilities.

Katie lives and works in Northland (Te Tai Tokerau), where she is delighted to be providing the first music therapy in the region at Raukatauri Music Therapy’s Northland regional centre.

“We all enjoy your wonderful teaching. The interaction and communication between you are great. There is lots of fun in class. I couldn’t help laughing sometimes when watching the video. We’ve truly appreciated all the efforts you’ve been making. I believe with your help Tommy* will be more listening and focused, and his sense of music will get better and better.”

Boom, K., Hoskyns, S. (2017). Journey to musicking: Resourcing people to music outside the therapy room. Poster presented at the 15th World Congress of Music Therapy in Tsukuba, Japan.

Boom, K. (2018). Conference report: “15th World Congress of Music Therapy ‘Moving forward with music therapy’”. Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy, 10(1), 155-160.

Boom, K. (2017). ‘Journey to musicking’: Resourcing people to music outside the therapy room. (Master’s thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2017). Wellington: Victoria University.

One of Katie’s clients, Xavier, and his family show the world what happens in music therapy!
Dom, a 12 year old boy, and Katie let a camera into their music therapy session.

Katie Boom

Master of Music Therapy (First Class Honours), Victoria University of Wellington, 2016
Bachelor of Music (CCM), Vision College, 2011
Associate Diploma (Recital in Singing), Trinity College London, 2010

Marion Rayward Memorial Scholarship in Music
Mckenzie Music Therapy Scholarship
Graduate Women Wellington – Ella C Wilson Music Award