Music Therapy

As a Music Therapy student at NZSM, you will experience an enjoyable and thought-provoking programme of practical and academic work that will provide you with the skills needed to identify and respond to the varied needs of clients and associated caregivers.

You will work closely with our highly experienced and dedicated staff (Assoc Prof Sarah Hoskyns and Dr Daphne Rickson) in small groups to problem-solve, reflect on theory and practice, and develop curiosity that leads to practice-based research questions. We are proud of our ‘hands-on’ teaching style that facilitates practical musical and clinical learning, together with theoretical and research study.


Student opportunities

Placement opportunities

In first and second year these include work in: special schools and special units of main stream schools; child development centres and paediatric units of hospitals; visual resource centres; specialist hospital and community units for adults with neurological disorders and psychiatric conditions such as eating disorder and complex dual-diagnosis (learning difficulty and psychiatry); centres for adolescents and adults with intellectual handicap; dedicated music therapy centres in Auckland and Christchurch; age-care; hospice and palliative care.

Employment opportunities

Graduates have found work as registered music therapists in special schools and autistic units; in an early intervention centre; in a visual resource service; in a clinic for eating disorders; in community psychiatric service; and in a specialist music therapy centre.

Our community partners

Find out more about our Music Therapy community partners.

Master of Music Therapy

Learn more about our Master of Music Therapy programme.

Frequently asked questions

If you are thinking about studying Music Therapy at NZSM, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for Music Therapy Students