Baselines in Music Therapy

Baselines in Music Therapy

In therapy and music, the baseline informs our next steps. This is the show that examines the present state of music therapy and asks, 'where to from here?'. Made on the lands of the Darug nation by Joe Thompson NMT-F.


February 21, 2024 51 mins

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Today I speak with two UK-based music therapists about their journeys to Neurologic Music Therapy Services Of Arizona.

Emma Bailey is a UK-based Music Therapist and music therapy Supervisor. Originally trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Emma has studied infant mental health and child development at the Tavistock Clinic and the School of Infant Mental Health in London, and she completed the additional NMT t...

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Ingrid Gruett completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, her Music Therapy Equivalency from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and her Master of Music Degree from Alverno College.  Ingrid is a board-certified music therapist, a Wisconsin Music Therapist-Registered and a Certified Dementia Practitioner who specializes in providing evidenced-based services and 1:1 support to persons with dement...

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January 9, 2023 37 mins

Joe Thompson is a Neurologic Music Therapist currently working at Spring Forward Family Centre in Penrith, NSW. He specialises in using the properties of music, especially rhythm, to support Autistic people to navigate their sensory and movement challenges. Much of his approach is informed by experiences he gained while working overseas at Neurologic Music Therapy Services Of Arizona in Phoenix, USA. 

As well as a clinicia...

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December 19, 2022 35 mins

Suzanne Oliver is the founder and executive director of Neurologic Music Therapy Services Of Arizona - an NMT clinic based in Phoenix, AZ that has been serving the community there for over 40 years. Over the years, she has employed up to as many as 21 therapists at one time, and currently has 6 NMTs working in their clinical setting serving a variety of children and adults with neurologic impairments. Additionally, from 2007 thru 2...

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Today’s guest on baselines is Samantha Schoeler Jones. This episode continues with our international theme, but allows for a hiatus from the people I met on my America trip, as we follow Sam’s own extraordinary journey which took her to the other side of the northern hemisphere. There are few people who can claim to have a more colourful answer to ‘how did you become a music therapist’ than Sam


Samantha completed a Bachelor of Musi...

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November 21, 2022 25 mins

Cheryl Butterworth is the Operations manager at Neurologic Music Therapy Services Of Arizona. She is also the mother of a long-term client of the clinic, Colin, who has Autism. In this episode, Cheryl shares the joys and challenges, as well as some funnier moments from their journey.

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November 7, 2022 24 mins

Leanna is the clinical training director at the Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona. Leanna attended Appalachian State University for her undergraduate degree, and completed her Master's Degree through Colorado State University. Having been exposed to a lot of GIM-style music therapy in her undergrad, she was excited to eventually learn about Neurologic music therapy and how it can be implemented. She worked at a comp...

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October 24, 2022 33 mins

Jessi Teich is a PhD candidate in Music and Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. In 2007, she received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Berklee College of Music. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, Jessi taught lessons while pursuing a music career during which she won over a dozen international songwriting awards and recorded several albums, including two in Paris. In 2017, after a decade-long career, she decided...

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July 2, 2022 25 mins

Erin Skinner is a Registered Music Therapist, with a broad range of experience working with groups and individuals across the life span. She is currently working with children and families in mental health, and in disability. She has a passion for working alongside children and families to support healthy relationships, emotional wellbeing, resilience and creative self-expression through strengths-based approaches.

Today w...

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June 18, 2022 23 mins

Tegan is a Registered Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist, and Music Tutor currently practicing in regional NSW. She has run a private music therapy practice for four years and has recently opened a music school to better serve the local community. She acts as the regional representative for the AMTA NSW branch and is passionate about closing the gap of services available in regional and metro areas.

I invited her on so that...

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June 4, 2022 27 mins

Ann Lehmann-Kuit is an experienced Nordoff Robbins music therapist, lecturer, guitar teacher, performer and community event organiser. She is passionate about giving people of all ages opportunities to ignite their expressive confidence.  Ann lectures at Western Sydney University in the MCMT program and lectures in the undergraduate music degree at UOW.  

Ann is senior music therapist at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music where ...

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Pete McDonald graduated with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz piano performance, receiving the Student of the Year award, and spent a long time practicing, gigging, teaching, recording, composing, and other music related activities aiming to pay off a mortgage and get two kids through school.
 After returning to study and completing his Masters of Music Therapy, as well as training in Neurologic Music Therapy, he now ...

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Adam van Eyk is an RMT currently working for Noro Music Therapy as the new graduate RMT manager and supervisor. Previously Adam has filled roles within Noro of Aged Care & Adult Disability Practice Lead, Assets Manager and member of the clinic operations team.

Outside of music therapy, Adam is an avid performer in different tribute shows all over Sydney playing both saxophone and guitar. 

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Tanya is a Registered Music Therapist based in Sydney, Australia. In 2019, Tanya was invited to speak about her PhD research at the inaugural TEDxNewtown event. More recently, Tanya was named the inaugural recipient of the 2020-2021 Australian Music Therapist of the Year award for her contribution to the field of music therapy. Over the years, Tanya has presented internationally and nationally on her research and clinical work. Her...

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Geena Cheung is a Registered Music Therapist with a passion for aged care. Since graduating from Western Sydney University in 2018, she has had the privilege to work with a diverse range of clinical populations at Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs), a women's refuge, multiple aged care homes, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and in private practice. She also has strong interests in research and has been involved in projects as ...

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Ali is a Registered Music Therapist, an Academic and a Music Tutor. She currently works part-time for Sing&Grow Australia, working to promote secure attachment with vulnerable families with young children 0-5 years old. She also works casually at Both Worlds School of Music teaching clarinet, piano and musicianship, casually as an academic for the Music Therapy Course at Western Sydney University, and casually as a professional...

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October 27, 2021 20 mins

Tom is a Hobart-based freelance composer and pianist, with a bachelors of music from the university of Tasmania and a masters of composition from the university of Melbourne. Tom has composed pieces for some of Australia’s most notable musical ensembles, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra.

I approached Tom to...

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October 13, 2021 26 mins

Matthew Breaden is a Registered Music Therapist and has worked with children and adults of all ages in allied health centres, private practice, school, and home settings. Matthew focuses on strengths-based approaches to intervention and has a particular interest in ecological appoaches to therapeutic work, including the involvement of families. His PhD investigated the applicability of using Figurenotes in music therapy by children...

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September 28, 2021 27 mins

Al has been a Registered Music Therapist for over 25 years, focusing on
children and family-centred practice with children on the autism spectrum,
children experiencing hearing loss, families from diverse cultural backgrounds
and families with complex needs. She is a Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT),
with advanced training in this approach and a fellow of the Academy of
Neurologic Music Therapy. Her present role...

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