FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to be able to sing in tune to have music therapy?
Where do the sessions take place?
Do I already have to be able to play an instrument or sing to have music therapy?
Do I have to be able to play an instrument to have music therapy?
No, you don't have to be able to play an instrument or be 'good' at music to have music therapy. I am trained to work with each person or group according to the skills they have.
I hate the thought of singing in front of someone else. Will I have to sing?
What if someone is non-verbal?
No, you don't have to sing. There are many non-verbal ways to participate in music therapy, so using your voice is not essential.
I've always wanted to learn an instrument. Can music therapy help with that?
Music therapy is different from having music lessons, although a therapist may teach you how to play an instrument to help you work towards other goals related to your wellbeing and growth.
Do you use the same music for everyone?
No, I tailor the music I use to suit the musical tastes, age, abilities and needs of each individual or group.
What can I expect when I first contact you?
I'll ask you about your needs and goals and what you hope to get out of music therapy.
I'll ask about your musical likes and dislikes.
You can ask any questions you may have.
If you want to go ahead, I'll send you a copy of my standard contract and payment details.
Why do you have a contract?
I enter into a written agreement with those I work with so everyone knows the terms of my music therapy services, including how many sessions are agreed to and how much they will cost.
What happens in a session?
Exploring the significance and meaning of your music with you
Playing instruments and/or using the voice or singing
Listening to live or recorded music
Moving the body to music or using the body to create music e.g. clapping, stamping
We may use music which is familiar to you or new.
How many sessions will I need?
A block of 8-10 sessions is usually necessary for individuals or groups. The first few sessions help me understand your needs, how you respond to music and help refine your therapy goals. I will discuss these with you and we will work together to decide on a suitable length of therapy for you or your loved one. Sometimes additional blocks of sessions are needed.
What if I'm not sure if music therapy is right for me?
We can agree to have a couple of trial sessions. There will still be a charge for these sessions.
Where are sessions held?
I use a room at Petone Baptist Church and another one at the Maungaraki Community Centre.
I can also come to your home or organisation.