A Minute With Kate

13 July 2017

Meet Kate Tabain - Registered Music Therapist since 2012.

Kate grew up surrounded by bushland in Berowra, Northern Sydney. Her family was always musical so inevitably she started playing piano at the age of 3. Kate finished her Masters of Creative Music Therapy at WSU in 2012. She completed her placement at Nordoff Robbins and was so inspired by the work and therapists that she set up camp and has been here ever since. 
 
Why did you choose to study music therapy?

I was in my final year of psychology at Macquarie University and had conveniently decided that I did not want to be a psychologist. I discovered music therapy through my first piano teacher, who had also trained as an RMT and it seemed to be the perfect marriage between my study, skill set and passion to help people. After viewing some sessions and meeting other music therapists, it was the only thing I could imagine myself doing. 
Recently I applied for and received a Scholarship to attend the Smart Strokes Conference in Brisbane in August and have been accepted to study a Bachelor of Dementia Care with The University of Tasmania.   

What is your favourite part about being an RMT?

I think being able to use music in a way that makes a powerful impact in people’s lives is pretty special, particularly because music is so important to me as well. Being able to facilitate some of the ‘firsts’ is such a privilege-first steps, first jump, first sounds, first words. Seeing the sense of achievement on people’s faces as well as their parents/carers is very humbling and inspiring.

Most challenging part of the job?

Due to the frailty of some of the populations I work with, I often find myself saying goodbye to clients who have passed away on a too regular basis. Makes the moments and relationship I share with them not to be taken for granted.

How many instruments do you play?

My main instruments are piano and voice, I’m self-taught on guitar (read: very average) and dabble on the flute.

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

I would love to learn the cello. I think it’s such a stunning, rich instrument when played well and it can evoke so much emotion. The deep, resonant tones have such a calming effect, particularly with some of our more anxious clients.


                                                              

 

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