July School Holiday Programme

We have a great line up of activities for the July school holidays. Not only will Russell the Singing Cowboy be riding back into the Centre, but we will also launch a new programme called Make it, Shake it. Be sure to book in for extra sessions with your music therapist too! Full information on all these programmes can be seen below.


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Grab your boots because local legend, Russell the Singing Cowboy, is playing two sessions during the school holidays, just for the RMTC whanau! RMTC clients, siblings and friends are invited to Shake, Rattle 'n Roll throughout these interactive group music sessions, filled with songs, stories and instruments.

Russell the Singing Cowboy is suggested for ages 2- 8 years old, and he will be visiting the Centre from 1pm on Tuesday 9th July and 9.30am on Thursday 18th July. Caregivers are invited to attend with their child, and families are welcome to join one or both sessions.

Cost is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child from the family, with under-2's welcome to attend for free.

Please contact Flo at info@rmtc.org.nz by Thursday 4th July, to register for a session.
Participation is limited to 8 children.

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At Make it, Shake It! music therapists Russell, Will and Olly will help participants make and personalise a variety of instruments that can be beaten, blown and shaken. After the decorating is finished, it will be time to use the instruments to make music with your fellow creators. Best of all, participants can take their instruments home to share with their families after the workshop has ended.

Make it, Shake it!, will be held on Thursday 11 July from 1-2 pm. It is appropriate for all ages, sibling and friends are welcome to join and caregivers are invited to help with the instrument making if that best suits their child.

Cost is $25 for the first child and $20 for each additional child from the family.

Please contact Flo at info@rmtc.org.nz by Monday 8th July, to register so that we can be sure to have enough supplies for all of our musicians.


We love to see our clients for ongoing sessions during the school holidays, but did you know that we can arrange group sessions specifically for your community group, or a network of families?

RMTC therapists are available to facilitate group music sessions in our large therapy room, or can go out into the community to run sessions that are specifically designed for your group or organisation's needs. Music can be tailored to children or adult groups, instruments are provided and fun is guaranteed!

Please contact Jen at jenryckaert@rmtc.org.nz if you'd like details on arranging a music therapy session for your group.

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RMTC brings music therapy to Northland for the first time!

Until recently, residents of Northland were unable to access the life-changing benefits of music therapy – a fact that has changed with the official opening of Raukatauri’s Northland Regional Centre on the 9th of March, an initiative supported by Foundation North.

Raukatauri has found the perfect home for its Regional Centre - the beautiful Old Library right in the middle of Whangarei.  Registered Music Therapist Katie Boom offers music therapy sessions here on Wednesdays and Saturdays in a beautiful sunny room stocked with instruments, thanks to the amazing generosity of KBB Music and Remo Inc.  As at all of Raukatauri’s locations, sessions in Northland are goal-oriented and strengths-based, and use music to aid in the growth and development of children and adults with special needs.

Katie is familiar to many members of the Raukatauri whānau, as she has been working with us in Auckland since 2017.  As a Whangarei native, she is particularly excited to be the first music therapist working in Northland and sees many opportunities for music therapy there, both at the Old Library and through work directly in the community.  The Northland community clearly agrees with Katie, as since announcing our opening date we have been receiving enquiries almost daily from families and community organisations from Dargaville to Kawakawa!

You can read more about the Northland Regional Centre in this recent article from the Northern Advocate.  If you would like to refer a child or adult for music therapy sessions in Northland, you can use our online referral form found here.  If you would like to enquire about music therapy for your organisation, or have questions about any of our locations, you can reach us at info@rmtc.org.nz or on 09 360 0889.

Photos below were taken at our Opening Celebration which took place on the 9th March.

RMTC - open in Hawke's Bay!

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Five months in and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Centre is going … and growing … strong!  Families rave about the sessions offered by Registered Music Therapist Will Darbyshire with one mum saying recently, “I love the open lines of communication with Will and the discussions around the girls’ progress and goals.  It is focused, fun and really worthwhile.”

As in Auckland, RMTC Hawke’s Bay is conscious of the need to make music therapy convenient and accessible for families so offers sessions in both Napier and Havelock North.  We also strive to make the sessions personalised to the needs of every client, offering individual, family and small group music therapy for clients of all ages – from early intervention services for toddlers to music therapy session for those with dementia.  If you’d like to refer someone to music therapy, or just want to learn more about our services in Hawke’s Bay, please contact us on 06 870 3990 or at info@rmtc.org.nz

 One of the best things about opening in Hawke’s Bay has been introducing the work that RMTC does to a whole new audience. Will has received a warm welcome from the health, disability and education communities, and has been made to feel right at home in his two therapy locations – Tamatea High School in Napier and the Havelock North Function Centre.  We have been thrilled to receive funding support for the Regional Centre from COGS Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga, First Light Community Foundation and Hawke’s Bay Foundation and were particularly excited by the recent gift of a brand new piano by Huawei. The delivery of the fabulous new piano was captured by the Napier Courier, who featured it on their front page, and full details can be seen here.

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