How Our Team of Gold Coast Registered Music Therapists Can Meet the Needs of Children Through Music.

Making music, achieving goals while having fun through the healing sounds of music therapy, everyday!

Working with children from birth to adulthood, QPAH’s Registered Music Therapists (RMTs) work with children and their families while collaborating with other stakeholders to ensure everyone is working together to support children to achieve functional goals. 

Music Therapy is defined by the Australian Music Therapy Association as 

“. . . a research-based allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well-being.”

To conduct Music Therapy you must be a Registered Music Therapist. This is a university-trained, postgraduate professional who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association. 

Communication is a common goal area addressed in Music Therapy because of the nature of music to be both verbal and nonverbal, so children can participate and develop skills, regardless of how they communicate. They don’t need to be musical.

Music Therapy is fun! Most people love music, are motivated by music and experience joy when making or listening to music. The very nature of music makes Music Therapy a positive experience for most.  While it appears all fun and games, Music therapy is grounded in neurologic research and your Registered Music Therapist is trained in how to use music to address needs across multiple areas, including:

  • Cognition 
  • Sensorimotor 
  • Physical
  • Communication
  • Emotional regulation
  • Behaviour regulation
  • Social skills  
Music therapy Gold Coast
Music therapy Gold Coast

QPAH’s Music Therapy programs are developed specifically to meet the individual needs of each child. This might look like the RMT singing with the child while playing the piano or guitar, engaging in musical play through the use of percussion instruments, moving and/or dancing to music, song writing, incorporating Key Word Signs, picture symbols (and other forms of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)), technology and other props like puppets and books, listening to music or making music in the moment together (called improvisation).

As QPAH is a multidisciplinary clinic, we see first-hand, the benefits of regular communication between a child’s multiple therapists and other stakeholders involved in their care. Working from a collaborative approach is a fundamental part of our organisation.

If you have a question or are ready to book in for music therapy please contact us, now!

Benefits of Music Therapy

We so often get told by parents, when we ask why they are bringing their child for Music Therapy, that their child “just love music” or that “music is one of the only things that they respond to”. We love to hear that! When your child responds to music, under the guidance of our qualified Music Therapists, the potential they have to benefit from music therapy and achieve their therapeutic goals is profound. 


Providing therapy in a predictable environment suited to your child’s sensory needs is our top priority because this is how we help your child to feel secure, safe and calm. We do this using music and by adjusting the environment so the lighting is right and/or by providing equipment like a tunnel, gym ball or trampoline to meet their needs. When your child is regulated, then we move into addressing higher levels of functioning.

The benefits of music therapy come from how music and the elements of music (like the beat, melody and rhythm) are processed by our brain. Our brains love rhythm, strong beats and patterns, they underpin most things that we do, right down to our heartbeat. There are many benefits of using music therapy to work on communication, cognition, motor skills and coordination, self-regulation and sensory integration but, put simply, it makes it easier to achieve in these areas when the planned use of music is integrated by a Registered Music Therapist. Don’t forget the added (and arguably the most important) benefit of music therapy, it is fun and often brings joy and delight to the children who participate in it. 

Music Therapy Services

At Queensland Paediatric Allied Health, our music therapy services are:

  • Evidenced based
  • Delivered by university qualified, Registered Music Therapists
  • Child and Family-centred
  • Inclusive
  • Individualised to meet the unique needs of each child
  • Working towards functional goals in the areas of communication, cognition, motor skills and coordination, self-regulation and sensory integration
  • Fully funded for eligible National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants
  • Delivered through either individual or group programs
  • Sometimes delivered as joint sessions with speech pathologists, occupational therapists and/or physiotherapists
  • Delivered from our Southport-based, main clinic 

Meet the Team

The QPAH Music Therapy clinical team are all Registered Music Therapists, registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association. This implies they have a recognised undergraduate or masters level qualification from an accredited University. Only Registered Music Therapists are permitted to provide Music Therapy services under the NDIS. QPAH’s team are committed to continuing professional development guided by the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA), while also strictly adhering to the AMTA Code of Ethics. 

We aim to create a safe, engaging and positive environment for Music Therapy that cultivates a nurturing relationship where children are supported to maximise their potential, while our team exemplifies ultimate standards of professional practice.

Monica Zidar
Monica Zidar
Director & Principal Registered Music Therapist Read more
Eliza Fish
Clinical Lead Registered Music Therapist Read more
Registered Music Therapist
Registered Music Therapist