Make a Difference With a Master of Music Therapy
New Zealand is home to an eclectic population, each with their own distinct cultural heritage. For example, the Indigenous population are deeply spiritual and tribal in nature while Pacific Island and Oceania peoples possess a wide variety of practices which often include music – often as diverse as their people themselves!
New Zealanders frequently incorporate music into their daily lives and to commemorate special occasions. For example, many schools and youth groups have music programs, while numerous festivals showcase local musicians.
If you have a passion for music and want to make an impact in the world, consider becoming a music therapist. This relatively young profession is growing rapidly in New Zealand with an increasing need for qualified therapists – particularly in regional and suburban areas.
Studying to become a music therapist provides you with an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of this health professional. You’ll gain experience working with people with complex emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs and be able to apply this understanding in either clinical or community settings.
You’ll receive comprehensive training from experienced, dedicated faculty who are committed to the professional development of their students. Individuals with mature attitudes, curiosity, critical thinking skillset and a love of practical music-making are ideal candidates for this programme.
A Master of Music Therapy (or equivalent) is a professional qualification that leads to registration as a New Zealand Registered Music Therapist with Music Therapy New Zealand. Furthermore, you’ll have the chance to partake in Continuing Professional Development courses, enabling you to develop professionally and stay at the forefront of this exciting field.
Graduates of this programme are in high demand by employers, as they possess the specialized skill and knowledge that comes from having an in-depth understanding of the arts and humanities. They could potentially play a significant role in hospitals, community settings, residential facilities as well as schools, hospices, and mental health treatment facilities.
This year’s MThNZ Make the Change Week is taking place from November 14-20 and aims to draw attention to music therapy as a profession and encourage more people into it as an occupation.
On any given week, you can join in on activities and events, meet a Music Therapist or visit their website to learn more about the profession. There is also an array of free resources available that will further deepen your understanding about how music therapy can benefit you.
Are you curious to learn more about music therapy or ready to begin training, the Fees Free program offers a great option: study fees-free for one year or two years industry training with any relevant qualifications as long as they meet eligibility criteria. This is an excellent opportunity for those just starting out or seeking further knowledge in this field – so don’t wait – apply now!