Client Story

01 March 2019

Client Story - Kate



Kate started attending music therapy once a week when she was in Year 9. She has always been very musical but I was struggling to find an opportunity in her school’s curriculum where she could apply her musical ability and also be challenged. A singing tutor recommended Nordoff Robins and I started driving her to Kingswood from Springwood each Wednesday after school.
That was nearly 11 years ago and Kate still attends weekly. She has worked with brilliant therapists, initially Anna and then Rob who harnessed her love of music and nurtured her towards participating in a group, song writing and performing in front of others. Now she works with Rachael who is continuing the song writing and performing and also challenging Kate to try new instruments such as the keyboard.
Everyday life brings many challenges for Kate. She struggles with change, sensory issues and finds social interactions very difficult to navigate. Music therapy has provided her with a safe, accepting environment that celebrates her abilities and builds on them, giving Kate more self-awareness and confidence in herself. I have sat behind the glass during many sessions over the years, quietly beaming, sometimes crying, always rejoicing in my daughter’s lovely connection with her therapist and seeing her take risks that I never knew were possible. In what sometimes feels like a turbulent life for myself as Kate’s mum our involvement with Nordoff Robins has always felt like a safe haven for both of us. Weekly music therapy sessions are a very significant part of Kate’s life and I am forever grateful to that singing tutor who guided us in the right direction 11 years ago.




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.