Kristy completed a Bachelor of Music specialising in Music Therapy at Melbourne University in 2008 and has been working as a Registered Music Therapist with families and young children since then. She loves working in groups using music to help with parent-child interaction and bonding, language development, motor skills, building kids’ confidence, and just finding new ways to have fun together!
Kristy works part time for nationwide Music Therapy program Sing&Grow and also runs music groups for families through local councils, playgroups, and new parent groups.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Kristy is currently running music groups from home, both on Zoom and facebook live!
WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music therapy is a research-based health practice in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well-being. It can help people of all ages to manage their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life.
Research shows that engaging in music activities in early childhood helps children's brains, bodies, and relationships, setting them up for a happy healthy life.
WHAT DOES A MUSIC GROUP WITH KRISTY LOOK LIKE?
Singing familiar and new songs, action songs and dancing, instruments and props such as rainbow ribbons, bubbles and parachutes.
Sessions based around themes such as animals, food, nature, kindness, routines, weather, and more!
The focus is usually on non-musical goals such as bonding and connecting, sharing and turn-taking, and enhancing your child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Fostering your kids' love of music is just a bonus!
Kristy also offers music groups for birthday parties!
She can match any theme and will bring along her suitcase full of instruments and props to run a 45 minute session with the kids!
ONLINE MUSIC THERAPY SESSIONS
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings in Melbourne, Kristy has been providing online Music Therapy sessions via Zoom and facebook live.
Fostering a love of music from an early age was something very important to me. Kristy's classes brought out the innate rhythm in my son before he was even one and he has loved music ever since.