About Music Therapy

The real power of music lies in the connections that it can forge between people

Music therapists use genuine musical connections to form strong therapeutic relationships. They use these connections to support growth and promote change.

The social systems around a child, such as school or pre-school, have a key role to play in their development. Therefore we believe that enhancing connections with peers, educators, parents and others can make a significant difference. That’s why the Little Musical Caravan travels to your child’s school, home or other community setting.

Where words fail, music speaks.

Hans Christian Andersen

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy can be used to promote your child’s personal growth and development in a fun, motivating way. Music therapists use music as a tool. It is tailored to meet individual needs and can offer support in a number of key areas:

  • Cognitive development
  • Motor skills development
  • Emotional regulation and expression
  • Developing social connections
  • Spiritual wellbeing

In New Zealand, Registered Music Therapists are trained health professionals with a Master of Music Therapy degree. They participate in ongoing Professional Development, clinical supervision and hold a practising certificate issued by Music Therapy New Zealand. You can find out more about Music Therapy in New Zealand by visiting the Music Therapy New Zealand website.


There are many different music therapy approaches. At the Little Musical Caravan, we are strongly child-centred. Whilst we work closely with support teams, we use a strengths-based approach. This means that we build on existing strengths and interests. We are also passionate about inclusion. We believe that we should value the contributions of all learners and value diverse ways of being. We work to build connections between the children we work with and the wider community. We also think about how surrounding social systems and environments might be developed or adapted to improve outcomes for children.

Interested in finding out more about how the Little Musical Caravan could support your child?

Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation

Feedback from clients and their parents

"Emily is very professional"

Emily is very professional and incorporates [my son’s] school and speech therapy goals effortlessly into her sessions. She also attends school IEPs and always has helpful hints!

"Amazing job!"

You have done an amazing job with [my child]. I must admit I was a little sceptical at first about music therapy, but I would recommend it to anyone [and] in particular yourself.