A Minute with Matt

02 November 2016

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

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.


Guitars for VETS

Guitars for VETS

A Minute with Joe

It’s time to get to know Joe

Student Workshop

Student Workshop

Music Quiz 2018

Music Quiz 2018

Music Club

Music Club

Client Story

Client Story - Kate

Rare Disease Day

Rare Disease Day

Nordoff Robbins & Afford

Afford & Music Therapy

Welcome to our new graduates.

Nordoff Robbins welcomes a number of graduates to the family this year.

A Minute with Jack

It’s time to get to know Jack.

Supported Music Lessons

Supported Music Lessons



Student Workshops

Student Workshops

Vanda & Young Song Competition

The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions. It aims to support talented songwriters while raising much-needed funds for not-for-profit organisation Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia

Vale Graham Fear OAM

It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our much loved and valued Director, Graham Fear, OAM.

A Minute With Laura

We chatted to Laura about her first year as an RMT.


Thank you Dry July for enabling us to make a difference to the lives of cancer patients.

Art of Music 2018

A spectacular evening presented by Jenny Morris, Art of Music is a gala event combining both visual arts and music

New Clinic for The Hills

Our new, expanded clinic is now open

Winter Glam High Tea - A Toast

A lovely afternoon of fascinators, tiara's, laughs, bubbles and delicious delights

A Minute With Kate

Meet Kate Tabain - Registered Music Therapist since 2012.

Nordoff Robbins & AFFORD

Great initiatives thanks to AFFORD generosity

Western Sydney Rocked!

A Night Under The Stars

Kids Music Club

Join us for fun and interactive programs

Chantel and Lydia

Communication is the key

Magic Moment


A Minute with Rachael

Meet Rachael Mackay - one of our new graduates.

Penrith Clinic

New Penrith clinic is now open

A Minute With Lydia

Meet another member of our fabulous team - Lydia Leung


Welcome to our new recruits and expansions are a foot.

An Incredible Gift

Brand New Drum Kit

Amazing Work

The Proof is in the Padding

A Minute with Matt

Matt Laffan - Nordoff Robbins Registered Music Therapist

Thank you

Community Assistance Program Presentation


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