Shari Storie

  • Preschool Children: Intellectual & Physical Disability
  • Primary and Intermediate Children: Intellectual & Physical Disability
  • Adolescent: Intellectual & Physical Disability, Mental Health
  • Elderly: Mental Health, Aged Care & Dementia
Auckland, Waikato

I love experiencing sparks of connection, witnessing someone’s sparks of significant progress, exploring what my Master’s training and music can do within a safe therapeutic framework.

People’s strengths, goals and their whole person are central to my practice. I draw on psychodynamic and developmental theories in order to connect music with people’s non-musical needs.

Since graduating in 2012 I have enjoyed working with people across the lifespan including those living with special needs, neurological conditions, mental health and aged care including dementia. I work both in private practise and through contract work across Auckland and Waikato including a hospital, schools, residential care homes and facilities and organisations.

It has been a pleasure being part of the MThNZ Council and contributing to the growth of music therapy in NZ.

Every time I come to the house, David is ready to get in the car and go to music therapy with Shari”
Support Person

  • Storie, S. (2017). Polyphony. In Molyneux, C. (Ed.), Only Connect: Poems and Stories from New Zealand Music Therapy. Nelson, NZ: Mountain Girl Publishing.
  • Storie, S. (2017). The Room is Warm. In Molyneux, C. (Ed.), Only Connect: Poems and Stories from New Zealand Music Therapy. Nelson, NZ: Mountain Girl Publishing.
  • Talmage, A., Storie, S., & Hicks, R., (2017) Choral Singing Therapy for people with neurological conditions: The CeleBRation Choir at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research. In Molyneux, C. (Ed.), Only Connect: Poems and Stories from New Zealand Music Therapy. Nelson, NZ: Mountain Girl Publishing.
  • Storie, S. & Hoskyns, S. (2016). A music therapist’s speech and expressive language specific tool set. New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy, 14, 82-103.
  • Thompson, N., Storie, S., & Purdy, S. (2016). “Catching the tune or channelling the beat”: A pilot study investigating the role of rhythm in therapeutic singing for aphasia. New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy, 14, 122-161.
  • Storie, S. (2016). Group Music Therapy in a Mental Health Service with Older Adults: ‘It sure beats watching television’. In Miller, C. (Ed.), Arts Therapists in Multidisciplinary Settings: Working together for better outcomes. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Storie, S. (2016, May). How music therapy has been used to support speech and expressive language development for pre-school children with special needs. Presentation to the Music Therapy Symposium of the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland: Celebrating Music Therapy and Musical Partnerships. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Talmage, A., Ludlam, S., Leao, S., Fogg-Roger, L., & Purdy, S. (2013). Leading the CeleBRation Choir: The Choral Singing Therapy protocol and the role of the music therapist in a social singing group for adults with neurological conditions. New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy 11, 7-50.
  • Ludlam, S. (2011, September). How music therapy has been used to support speech and expressive language development for pre-school children with special needs. Thesis presentation to the conference of the New Zealand School of Music: Music Therapy Performing and Inquiring. Wellington, New Zealand.

Shari Storie

NZ Registered Music Therapist
Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Statistics),
Bachelor of Music (Composition) Conjoint, 2009
Master of Music Therapy (First Class Honours), 2012