Registered Neurologic Music Therapist
Director & Founder of Southern Music Therapy


Kimberley is the Clinical Director and a Registered Neurologic Music Therapist. She is also the Founder of Southern Music Therapy.

In 2007 Kimberley completed her Masters in Music Therapy in Wellington. She has worked in a variety of disability settings including special education, aged care, and adult mental health.  After gaining some confidence within the profession, Kimberley felt drawn to working clinically with people with neurological conditions. She received further training in Neurologic Music Therapy, vocal psychotherapy as well as continuing courses in music and neuroscience, and communication specific courses.

She has a real drive to inspire people to use music to assist in ‘finding their voice’; encouraging them to communicate, express themselves and reach their potential.


Kimberley works with individuals, small groups and provides consultation in long-term rehabilitation services and the community. She is the song leader for the Cantabrainers choir and provides workshops and in-services promoting and educating caregivers, clients, and professionals about music therapy.

Music Therapy is a growing profession, and Kimberley looks forward to the new projects ahead, continuing to promote music therapy and developing the music therapy practice so that people can access Music Therapy.

In 2021, Kimberley was presented with one of the New Zealander of year, Local Hero Awards, for her work in Canterbury. Both for establishing her own private practice offering music therapy sessions for people with disabilities as well as co-founding the Cantabrainers Choir.




Senior Registered Music Therapist

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Jenny Lee joined the Southern Music Therapy Team in January 2017.


Since young, Jenny has always enjoyed playing the piano and making music.

While studying at Victoria University majoring in music composition, Jenny attended a few national music therapy conferences, as well as doing voluntary work in rest-homes and camp for children with disabilities. She felt drawn to the nature of work in music therapy. In 2007 Jenny completed her Masters in Music Therapy training in Wellington. Since then she has been working as a music therapist, mainly with children and adults with Neuro-disability.  She received further training in Neurology Music Therapy, and the FloorTime Approach for children with autism.

Jenny has experiencing working in both New Zealand and Singapore.

She is a talented pianist and has a key interest in improvisation. 


She likes working as a team, co-creating programmes with other therapists. She also enjoys working alongside staff and caregivers, sharing ways of using music to create a calming environment and to promote therapeutic relationships.

In her spare time, Jenny enjoys going to cafes, hiking, traveling, and doing voluntary work.


​Jenny is an asset to the southern music therapy team.



Senior Registered Music Therapist

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MA(Music Therapy) PGDip(Bicultural Professional Supervision) BSc  

NZ Registered Music Therapist


May is originally from Singapore and grew up in a rich, multicultural environment. She was inspired to study music therapy after being involved in her mother’s stroke journey, and received a Masters of Arts in Music Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University in 1999. She is an experienced therapist, and has worked with individuals and groups across a wide range of ages and settings. May has a bicultural professional supervision qualification, and provides individual supervision to music therapy students and registered music therapists. She is also on the editorial team of the New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy. 


May has a lifetime of working in the disability sector and strongly advocates for disabled people to live well. She is interested in how music transforms individuals and communities,  breaks barriers and builds safe, inclusive spaces where all people experience belonging.


May has had a rich portfolio career over the years, including roles as a foster parent, teacher aide, piano tutor & library assistant. She lives with her husband, their dog and 4 hens in North Canterbury.