NZRMTh, MMusTh (VUW), BMusArts (ARA)
A love of music and a belief in its healing and nurturing qualities led Colette to study Music Therapy at Victoria University Wellington. She has seen the difference music makes in people’s lives. Please contact Colette to find out more about the benefits of Music Therapy for yourself or someone you care for.
Colette’s involvement in the music industry is wide and varied – beginning as a young child singing with her sisters in Nelson; to working in radio and singing around NZ, being a regular studio session singer; appearing at festivals, café and restaurant gigs; studying jazz vocal performance, to currently singing with the Nelson Jazz Club Big Band and other musical lineups around the Nelson region.
Skills and expertise
“Music Therapy is the planned use of music to assist the healing and personal growth of people with identified emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs” (Music Therapy NZ). Music Therapy NZ is a member of Allied Health NZ Aotearoa.
- Colette is a NZ trained and NZ registered Music Therapist.
- Her work is person-centred and humanistic. It is based on building a trusting therapeutic relationship through rapport and connection. Colette listens to people’s stories and through music creates a supportive safe space for self-expression, change and personal growth.
- Colette 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 leads NelSONG neurological choir – a singing group for people (and their caregivers) who have experienced any neurological condition e.g. Brain trauma, Parkinson’s, stroke, early stage Dementia, anxiety etc. Songs are chosen for fun and the beneficial qualities they bring. The group meets every Wednesday 10 – 11am at NCMA. Email: [email protected] to register your interest and for more details.