Rare Disease Day

01 March 2019

Rare Disease Day

February 28th marks the 11th annual World Rare Disease day. In celebration of rare disease day we would like to share a very unique story of one of our clients named Austin. 

15 year old Austin was the 26th baby born in the world with a rare chromosomal disorder called Q10 26.3 translocation to 8P. Austin is affected physically and cognitively by this disorder, and has been attending music therapy for about a year, to work on his motor skills and aid social interaction.

Austin loves coming to music and starts by planning his session on the board with his therapist Chanelle. Together they decide on 5 activities for the session, and tick off every activity when they have completed it. Austin enjoys copying rhythm patterns on the djembe drums, and is getting pretty good! Austin also loves playing the drum kit and guitar, but his favourite activity is when Chanelle brings her saxophone and they improvise together. Austin demonstrates initiation and non-verbal social interaction as he listens to Chanelle and replies musically with a horn and some dancing. He is building on his sequencing skills, engaging in turn-taking, and demonstrating joint attention as he makes music with his therapist.


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.