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  • Symposium 2021
    Fri, 13 Aug
    UC School of Music Arts Centre
    13 Aug, 4:30 pm – 15 Aug, 4:00 pm
    UC School of Music Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
    Music Therapy New Zealand’s Symposium 2021 will be held in partnership with the University of Canterbury, UC Music, and with the support of the local Canterbury Music Therapy community.
  • Jammin' Band - Every Tuesday
    Tue, 01 Jun
    The Granada Centre
    01 Jun, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm NZST
    The Granada Centre, 26 Nash Road, Halswell, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand
    An Inclusive Band for 8-13 year old's with neurodiversity who would like to gain some confidence to play and sing successfully with other like minded people in a fun environment. No experience needed. Max 6 people.
  • Tea and a Tasteful Tune
    Fri, 28 May
    The Granada Centre
    28 May, 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
    The Granada Centre, 26 Nash Road, Halswell, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand
    Come to an afternoon celebrating music. Performances by clients and therapists from Southern Music Therapy. (gold coin donation) Followed by a slice, tea and coffee provided by the St john of God, Halswell, Occupational Therapy Cafe. Prices $2-$3. Please bring some cash and a smile.

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The Cantabrainers Choir - more than just music

(RNZ) 28 July 2021

'Everyone can sing' is an oft touted phrase.

For people who have suffered a stroke, or who live with Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis it can seem like an insurmountable challenge. It’s a challenge, however, that has proven to be a pathway to speech.

Enter the Cantabrainers Therapeutic Choir, a singing group dedicated to supporting people with neurological conditions.

What began as an idea over a cup of tea some 10 years ago has morphed into a charitable trust with over 35 members, volunteers, and therapists all meeting once a week to belt out tunes.

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MASTER OF MUSIC THERAPY...

(The Big Idea)  15 May 2017

Effective with new born babies through to old age, music therapy claims positive change for people who are under stress, have intellectual, physical or emotional needs, neurological conditions, a terminal illness or  read more....

USING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO HELP PEOPLE... (Otago Daily Times)  5 Oct 2019

Treating neurological conditions using music therapy has long gone under the radar.  But Avonhead resident Kimberley Wade doesn’t want the treatment to be a “secret” anymore.

Eight years ago Mrs Wade, who runs her private practice Southern Music Therapy  read more....

CANTABRAINERS A CONSTANT VOICE...

(Arts Access)  10 Oct 2019

“Two of our men have gorgeous, chocolatey, rich baritone voices. We have people from all walks of life: policemen, milkmen, auctioneers, business owners. Many have never sung before and in no time they are loving it,” says Angela Reimer   read more....

THE CHOIR PROVIDING A CHANCE TO HEAL, PERFORM AND SOCIALISE... (Stuff.co.nz)  6 Jul 2017

Bruce Whitfield's eyes fill with tears when he is asked about his membership in the Cantabrainers​ choir.

"I always get emotional ... thankfully it's only ever good things." read more....

ONE IN FIVE FOR 6 May 2012 - THERAPEUTIC CHOIR... (RNZ.co.nz)  6 May 2012

A new therapeutic choir, based upon Auckland's Celebration Choir, has been boosting both the vocal abilities and the  confidence of a Christchurch group with neurological disorders.

The choir is made up of read more....

KIWIBANK LOCAL HERO MEDALISTS
MEET YOUR TOP 100 LOCAL LEGENDS ... (nzawards.org.nz)

The Kiwibank Local Hero of the Year Award - Te Pou Toko o te Tau recognises everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local hapori – communities over the past year.  read more....

BEYOND INCLUSION:  EVERYONE DESERVES TO BELONG... (The Big Idea )  19 Oct 2020

May Clulee is one of over 70 registered music therapists in Aotearoa New Zealand, with a strong stance on disability advocacy. To celebrate Music Therapy Week (19-25 October),  The Big Idea asked May what issues need to be raised to the wider creative community.  read more....

MUSIC MATTERS FOR THE BRAIN... (NZ Herald)  22 May 2016

The hills of Dairy Flat are alive with the sounds of music whenever James Wong, 7, and music therapist May Clulee get together.

James, who loves The Sound of Music, has regular music therapy sessions with Clulee  read more....