TJ Hernandez

  • Primary Education and Secondary School:
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities, Autism, Identity work, and Mental Health.
  • Aged Care: Rest Home, Hospital, and Dementia work.

TJ Hernandez Music Therapy

I am a first generation Filipino-Kiwi and a recently qualified music therapist. I gravitate towards person-centred and strengths-based approaches and I firmly believe that music can highlight the unique identities
of the people I have the pleasure of working with. I love seeing how music empowers people to discover their innate strengths and abilities!
Having been a carer for my late-Lola (“Grandma” in Tagalog) and autistic sibling, I can relate closely to the experience of having a family member(s) with additional support needs. It’s a passion of mine to advocate for our families to ensure they have access to the support they are after.

Accepting Private Work

Phone: +642102592929


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“Our daughter is non-verbal and it has been the greatest joy to hear her singing along and making sounds with TJ during sessions. TJ really believes in the power of music on the soul and it shows in the way he works with his clients.” – Haley (Client’s mother, private practice). “TJ is an accomplished musician with a clear passion for music. He take time to really connect with everyone and is universally respectful and compassionate […] at one session my partner spoke infant of the group in a way he hadn’t done anywhere else in over 12 months.” – Rachel (Dementia music group from TJ’s studies)

Hernandez, T. (2022). “Where are you from?” – Navigating Oppression, Power, and Privilege in Music Therapy Spaces: A Critical Autoethnography on Intersectional Identities. (Unpublished thesis. Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington.

Bachelor of Arts – Double Major in Music Studies and Psychology – Victoria University of Wellington

Master of Music Therapy – Victoria University of Wellington

NZ Registered Music Therapist
Member of Music Therapy New Zealand