Matt Laffan - Nordoff Robbins Registered Music Therapist
Matt Laffan graduated from Western Sydney University in 2015. During his final year studying his Master of Creative Music Therapy, Matt undertook a placement with Nordoff Robbins in the Kingswood therapy clinic. This is where Matt experienced real world therapy and witnessed the impact and positive influence music therapy has on those with disabilities.
Why did you choose to study music therapy?
I wanted to combine my passion for music with my love for working with other people. I’ve always enjoyed making and sharing music with others, so to be able to do it in a way that is beneficial to someone’s wellbeing feels very worthwhile.
What is your favourite part about being an RMT?
Being able to use my creative side in my work. I especially relish opportunities to compose original pieces for clients. Seeing clients make progress in goal areas through these pieces gives me great satisfaction as it validates my work not only as a clinician , but also as a musician.
Most challenging part?
Working with different personality types in group settings can be quite challenging at times. Getting the balance right between engaging in group activities and allowing everyone an opportunity to express themselves individually can sometimes be a bit tricky.
How many instruments do you play?
Guitar and piano are my first instruments, but I also play the drums and the cello very badly.
Most requested song by your clients?
Dancing Queen by Abba.