Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a recognised allied health profession that used music to attain and maintain health and wellbeing.  It is practiced in more than 40 countries across the world and, in Australia, is regulated by the Australian Music Therapy Association.  Registered music therapists are bound by the AMTA Professional Standards and Code of Ethics.

Registered Music Therapists use music and/or its musical elements (sound, rhythm, melody and harmony) to meet physical, emotional, mental, social and cognitive needs.


specialises in providing music therapy services
for children and youth in the areas of:

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Domestic violence & Abuse-related trauma
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Special Education & disability

As well as community programs for adults and older adults
that promote positive social opportunities and integration for
people with disabilities or mental health needs:

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Community jamming sessions
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Community Choir

“Music expresses
that which cannot be
said and on which it
is impossible to be

~ Victor Hugo



Services offered


Individual Therapy Programs


Group Therapy Programs


Community Programs

Possible areas of need include:

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Difficulties with academic performance
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Low self-esteem
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Social difficulties
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Stress and Anxiety
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Grief and Loss
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Adjustment difficulties
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Migration and cross-cultural adjustment
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Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
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Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Domestic violence & Abuse-related trauma

During her Masters in Music Therapy, Christobel Clark specialised in trauma. She has continued to extend her knowledge and skills through continuing professional development, currently focusing on the neurobiology of trauma in children and youth. Since 2008, she has worked with babies to adults in emergency accommodation, school and residential settings, including dual diagnosis with mental health or developmental disabilities. Her work centres of creating a safe and supportive environment from which clients can creatively express their stories and maximise their strengths.

Music helps children cope

24 May, 2010 04:00 PM

CHILDREN who witness acts of domestic violence can be more traumatised than the women fleeing violent homes.

In the early stages of emotional, physical and social development, the impacts on a child can be devastating.

The distance between childhood experiences and adult counselling approaches is being bridged with music at the Redlands-based Maybanke Accommodation and Crisis Support Service (MACCS).

Twice a week, children spend time with Christobel Moore, a registered music therapist with the Australian Music Therapy Association.

MACCS secretary Rosemary Skelly said specialised services for traumatised children were even scarcer than support for the women affected by domestic violence.

"As the witnesses to violence, children are often forgotten when the focus is on providing for women so they can provide for their children," Ms Skelly said.

"There is a crying need for specialised services like this; the waiting lists at our nearest networks are months long."

MACCS committee member and Redland City councillor Debra Henry said MACCS complemented the work of the Bayside Domestic Violence Initiative (BDVI).

"MACSS is funded for the specific purpose of providing temporary accommodation and associated services, including empowering women through the development of personal strategies to assist them during, and after, traumatic events," she said.

She said any reduction in funding "sends the wrong message and is a step in the wrong direction".

The first point of call for victims/survivors of domestic violence is DV Connect, funded as part of the Department of Communities, which provides referrals to the various service providers including MACSS and BDVI.

May is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

© Article from the Bayside Bulletin (


MUSIC therapist Christobel Moore with one of the children Maybanke supports.


Boondall studio:

bullet scribble  One on one, Music Therapy:

  • 30 min - $50.00
  • 45 min - $62.50
  • 60 min - $75.00
  • Block Music Therapy (min. 3 hours) - $68.00 per hour

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  • 30 min lesson - $35.50
  • 45 min lesson - $52.00
  • 60 min lesson - $68.50

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  • Initial formal assessment - $140.00
  • Progress report - $50.00

In the client’s home or organisation
(Boondall and surrounding areas):

bullet scribble  The above rates with a Travel Surcharge:

  • 20km – 30km from Boondall - $40.00
  • 30km – 50km from Boondall - $65.00


Download the Rates Schedule here


Music therapy services are offered as:

Individual and/or group programs

To individuals and/or organisations.

Rates vary according to:

Session length


Frequency and quantity

Group size




Special Education and Disability

photo Christobel with guitar and a special education student

Students may also address these goals and more specific goals through other forms of music expression provided in the music therapy services, such as:

      • Song choice and singing
      • Songwriting
      • Music and Relaxation
      • Group drumming
      • Instrumental improvisation
      • Music and Movement


Community Jamming Sessions

There are no community programs operating at the moment.  Contact us to start a program in your area.

photo: Christobel playing flute with an aged community group

Photo: Special Education Group with Parachutes

Community choir

There are no community programs operating at the moment.  Contact us to start a program in your area.
For other community choirs in your area, search Brisbane Sings which offers a comprehensive list of all singing groups in Brisbane and surrounding areas.

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