Music Therapy, Singing
MMusTh (VUW), BMusArts (ARA)
Colette began singing early in life. With her sisters she sang at socials and functions from age 9. She learnt classical singing from Nancy Stayner, to Grade 6 and was involved in music theatre with Nelson Operatic as a teenager. While working for Radio NZ in Wellington Colette performed in musical shows and sung in an R n’ B band. Her radio career saw her move around NZ. She eventually studied jazz performance vocals at the Christchurch Jazz School while also regularly singing at cafés and other venues. Colette performed with the Christchurch Symphony at Sparks in the Park, The Proms and on their Rotorua tour. She has gigged with other line-ups at festivals and corporate functions throughout NZ and worked as a commercial voice and studio session singer. In 2013 she released a CD of Jazz Standards with Doug Caldwell. Having recently returned to Nelson Colette has begun singing with the Nelson Jazz Club Big Band.
Skills and expertise
- Colette’s work is person-centred and humanistic. It is based on building trusting therapeutic relationships through rapport and connection. Colette listens to people’s stories and through music creates a supportive safe space for self-expression and change.
- Colette’s experience is varied. She has worked in elder and palliative care – including rest home hospitals, secure dementia and psychogeriatric units; with children on paediatric wards and with hearing disabilities, as well as young adults with learning and physical disabilities. She also has experience in addiction and trauma settings.
- Colette is one of the leaders the NelSONG neurological choir – Wednesdays from 21 October; 10 – 11am or 11:30 – 12:30pm at NCMA. It is a choir for people (and their caregivers) who have experienced any neurological condition e.g. Brain trauma, Parkinson’s, Stroke, early stage Dementia etc. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and for more details.
Colette has mainly taught adults, and students at tertiary level. She focuses on
- developing repertoire the person likes
- vocal techniques which open up the true voice
- g., breathing, support, forward sound