Specialist in Telehealth Music Therapy
BMus (Hons) Music Ed/Composition, MMusTh.
Cert in Successful Supervision
Registered Music Therapist - Australia and New Zealand
We have our very own Specialist in Telehealth Music Therapy. Megan Spragg is a Registered Music Therapist, based in Melbourne, Australia and trained in New Zealand.
She has worked within both mainstream and special education settings for over 20 years and has a passion for working with clients with physical disabilities and complex high health needs. She works with both children and adults and loves to use music to enable people to do things they didn't think they could. She has a passion for resourcing therapists, teachers and careers for ongoing work – and has recently produced a resource called “We can Play”, suitable for use in home, therapy and educational settings.
She is currently specialising in telehealth sessions for those who are remote or unable to access face to face sessions and loves how music always enables connection even through a screen!
Megan lives in Melbourne with her husband, and young daughter.
Registered Music Therapist
Bachelor of Arts - Major in Psychology, Minor in Music
Masters of Music Therapy - NZSM
New Zealand Registered Music Therapist
Completed training in Theraplay - Sunshine Circles and Theraplay level 1, on pathway to group certification
Lucy began her journey with Southern Music Therapy in 2019 as she completed her Masters of Music Therapy. Now, a fully registered music therapist Lucy has experience working with a wide range of people however, specialises in working with tamariki and whānau who have experience trauma. Embracing a holistic and child-centred approach, Lucy is passionate about helping people express, explore and process complex emotions in a safe and secure environment. She strongly believes in music’s unique ability to connect and heal people through the body, mind and spirit.
In Lucy’s spare time she enjoys creating art, running along nature tracks, knitting, and spending time with people she loves.
One of Lucy’s favourite quotes comes from Gary Ansdell’s How Music Helps in Therapy and Everyday Life: “For me, the way of being with someone in music is the most uncomplicated form of love, really – that’s the only way I can define it. Love as being attentive to someone, being tended to, being listened to”.
Adapted Music Lessons/Music Therapy Assistant
Mekaela has joined the SMT team as a Music Therapy Assistant while she looks to start her Masters of Music Therapy in 2024.
Mekaela is passionate about pursuing a career as a Music Therapist and completed her Bachelor of Music in violin at the University of Canterbury in 2022. Mekaela has stepped into the role of Music Therapy Assistant and is gaining valuable skills and experience as she works alongside the Music Therapists at SMT. She is very active in her local communities as a music teacher and was an intern with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in 2022. Mekaela has a love for the violin and for bringing people together through music. She performs regularly and is particularly involved in premiering new music. She has recently completed the Primary Classroom Music Level 1 of the Australian Kodaly Certificate in Music Education. Mekaela is excited to be working with SMT and further developing her passion for creating a meaningful shared musical experience.
Certificate III in Business Administration
Diploma in Interior Design
Gemma has joined SMT as a part time Office Manager working alongside Natalie.
Originally from Australia, Gemma has a background of over 18 years in various Administration & Management roles in Queensland, Melbourne and Christchurch. She has recently moved back to Canterbury with her kiwi born husband and very active 3-year-old son.
Gemma has a passion for Interior design, natural living & enjoys spending weekends with family & friends.
Natalie is now Southern Music Therapy's part-time Accounts Manager.
She has a background in small business book keeping and management, and is currently studying toward a diploma in the field of natural therapies.
Natalie has lived in Christchurch for the past 9 years, and is the mother of two aspiring musicians.
She is passionate about Yoga, Meditation and living a healthy lifestyle.