OUR TEAM
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LUCY KELLY

Registered Music Therapist

Lucy | Music Therapist | Southern Music Therapy

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”.

 

MEGAN SPRAGG

Specialist in Telehealth Music Therapy

Megan Spragg | Telehealth Music Therapist | Southern 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.

 

VALENTINA MUGA

Registered Music Therapist

Valentina Muga | Music Therapist | Southern Music Therapy

NZRMth

Certified Yoga Teacher

 

Valentina Muga completed her Music Therapy Master's from the University of Barcelona while doing her placements with SMT in a variety of settings. She had a key interest in assisting Cantabrainers Choir and facilitated and researched the pilot project of the Hohepa Choir for her final thesis, studying "The role of a community choir for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities".

 

Coming from a family of musicians, Valentina played piano and sang from a young age. She is now an NZRMTh working with a variety of groups, therapeutic choirs, and individual clients living with Intellectual Disabilities and Brain Injury. 

Her sessions can include mindfulness techniques, such as simple breathing activities and movement. She also offers the option of Music Therapy sessions in Spanish for those who come from Spanish-speaking countries. 

 

In her free time, she loves making pottery, yoga, swimming in the ocean, and dancing. 

NATALIE JONKERS

Accounts Manager

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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.

 

GEMMA DYKES

Office Manager

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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 15 years in various Administration & Management roles in both Queensland and Melbourne. 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.

 

MEKAELA FLEENER

Music Therapy Assistant

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Mekaela is joining the SMT team as a Music Therapy Assistant while she finishes her Bachelor of Music in performance violin. She is looking to start her Masters of Music Therapy in 2024. 

Mekaela is passionate about pursuing a career as a Music Therapist and is in her final year of a Bachelor of Music in violin at the University of Canterbury. Mekaela is stepping into the role of Music Therapy Assistant and will be working alongside the Music Therapists at SMT to gain valuable skills and experience. She is very active in her local communities as a music teacher and as an intern with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Mekaela has a love for the violin and for bringing people together through music. She performs regularly within her university community and is a regular part of premiering and supporting new music. Mekaela is excited to be working with SMT and further developing her passion for creating a meaningful shared musical experience.