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Southern Music Therapy has a variety of different groups available. Group work can be a more cost-effective way of accessing music therapy however we are particular in the members we group together to ensure that the clients get the best out of the sessions.


Group music therapy sessions provide the opportunity for participants to interact socially through music-based activities. Group work can happen through similar clients being a part of a small group of 3 members through to larger groups and choirs.

Jammin’ Groups

Our Jammin' groups provide children and young adults with additional learning needs an opportunity to come together, connect and build relationships in the community through collaborative creative interactions in a supportive and respectful environment. The sessions are facilitated by a Registered Music Therapist.  

Term Bookings: $350 Plus GST for an 11-week term, this includes 1 FREE session (refer to our term dates here)

Duration: 50 minutes.

Attendees: Minimum 5 clients and limited to 9 clients (each client can bring one support person).

Funding: Enabling Good Lives funding can be used for our groups.


Adult Jammin' Groups:

Halswell – Jammin’ Group – 2pm Mondays @ Halswell Community Centre - expressions of interest.

Woodend – North Canterbury Jammin’ Group – Tuesdays 11am @ Woodend from 16th July 2024 - expressions of interest.

Halswell – Jammin’ Group – 1pm Mondays @ Halswell Community Centre - (Full Group) - please contact us to go on the waitlist.

Children Jammin' Groups:

Our Junior Jammin' group is made up of 5 – 7 children aged between 8-12 years old. It is an inclusive band where they get to be together in a safe and supportive creative space to promote wellness – run by a registered Music Therapist and student Music Therapist.


Papanui - Junior Jammin Group – 'The Jay Jay’s' @ Braintree Wellness Centre - expressions of interest.


Music and Movement Groups

Our Music and Movement Group is run by a registered Neurologic Music Therapist, and assistant. This is for people with neurological conditions to help motivate and participate fully in the group. Working on their movement goals using neuroscientific models of music perception and production.  Main areas of focus are motor organisation, range of movement, flexibility, gross and fine movement.

Halswell – Music and Movement Group – 10am Tuesdays @ Granada Centre, Halswell (Closed Group)

Burwood - Burwood Hospital – Music and movement Group – (Closed Group)

Please contact us to be put on the waitlist for Music and Movement Group.

Southern Music Therapy is in partnership with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Once a year, we try to connect our clients with the musicians from the CSO. To be a part of these collaborations please contact us to go on our waitlist for 2024 at Papanui.

Groove Groups

Our Groove Groups value inclusion and diversity that are more intimate groups with 3 - 5 people. It is hoped that through a small music therapy group, where a supportive and trusting environment is cultivated participants will have a platform to share their authentic self expression, to discuss and share perspectives that matter to them, to develop confidence and social skills, and to find support through musical experiences.  We try to match the musicians at heart, and these sessions will use instrument playing, music improvisation, and songwriting, as a creative expression. All new clients will be required to attend an initial session to assess for readiness to join the group, follow-up individual sessions may be required, this will be discussed at the time- please complete an enquiry form.

Groove Groups currently taking expressions of interest - please contact us to register your interest via the links below:

Papanui - Groove Group 2024 @ Braintree Wellness Centre- expressions of interest.

Papanui - Adult Groove Group 2.30pm Tuesdays @ Braintree Wellness Centre - expressions of interest.

Papanui - Junior Groove Group - 'The Junior Groovers' - 4pm Tuesdays @ Braintree Wellness Centre - expressions of interest.

Groove Groups that are currently full - please contact us to be put on the waitlist.

Halswell - Groove Group 3pm Tuesdays @ The Granada Centre (Full Group).

Interested in joining a group or creating a new group with Southern Music Therapy? Contact us today with your ideas!

Register your interest now!

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