Katie Boom

Registered Music Therapist

Born and raised in the Waikato, Katie is part of a long legacy of musicians and singers. She grew up performing folk and gospel music with her parents and siblings. After completing a Bachelor of Music in voice and piano, she moved to Cambodia to teach music in prisons. This experience changed her profoundly and she went on to found a charity campaign called Shoeless, supporting children's education throughout Cambodia.

Following several years of teaching music in primary, secondary, tertiary and adult community settings in NZ and Asia, Katie completed a Master of Music Therapy degree at Victoria University. She finished this degree in 2017 with first class honours, and joined the team at Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre. On her student placements, she worked with adults with neurological conditions, children and families in hospital, and young people with disabilities. She now works with children and adults with a wide range of needs.

Playing (and creating) new instruments is one of Katie's favourite pastimes. She also loves to dance, cook straight from her garden, renovate anything old, and she nearly always has a song in her head.