A Minute with Jack

27 February 2019

It’s time to get to know Jack.

Why did you choose to study music therapy?

Having worked in a number of different areas of the music industry, including live sound, composition, session work, promotion, I knew I wanted to use my music skills to do something more meaningful. I attended a Nordoff Robbins music therapy workshop when I was living in London and never looked back.

What is your favourite part about being an RMT?

I think seeing the reactions of parents when they see their child interacting and engaging in a way they’ve never seen. Music can highlight an individual’s abilities rather than disabilities, and we frequently get too see a side of someone that no one else has experienced

Most challenging part of the job so far?

Working with individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries who were accomplished musicians prior to their injury and knowing it could easily be me in their position. Being able to help them regain that musical ability and seeing it come back to them is a fantastic experience though.

Sweetest or most memorable client moment?

Receiving a Christmas card from a 5 year old client that said “You’re my best friend….and you’re good at guitar”.

How many instruments do you play?

5 or 6. No classical instruments though, they’re too hard.

Is there a particular instrument you want to learn and why?

I’ve always wanted to play the intro of “Baker Street” on the saxophone.

Who is your favourite musician/band and why?

Probably Black Sabbath. Kings of the riff.

And finally, what is the most requested song by your clients?

I only have a couple of groups who make requests, and they’re a bit older, so I’d say Waltzing Matilda.


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It’s time to get to know Jack.

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Thank you

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Music therapy is approved as an eligible therapeutic support enabling us to reach additional people with our life changing programs.