Tanya Marie Silveira is a Registered Music Therapist and PhD Graduate Researcher based in Sydney, Australia. Tanya PhD research examines how accessible music making can impact the hand function and wellbeing of stroke survivors. In 2019, Tanya was invited to speak about her research at the inaugural TEDxNewtown event. Drawing upon an holistic approach, Tanya combines motivational, interactional, physical and communicative aspects of music therapy when working in a strengths-based model. Over the years, Tanya has collaborated closely with doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and creative arts therapists.
Dr Elly Scrine is a Registered Music Therapist and a lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Elly’s research examines the role of music to explore gender with young people, and how schools in the settler-colonial context operate as sites of power and regulation. Elly has contributed to recent adolescent practice handbooks such as the Oxford Handbook of Music, Adolescents, and Wellbeing, and Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents. Elly's research and clinical work focuses on justice-oriented research and practice frameworks, seeking to identify connections between trauma, pathologisation, and structural violence, and support young people who are positioned as 'at risk'.
Vanessa Couper is a Registered Music Therapist from the Central Coast of NSW. Vanessa is currently Head of Music Therapy at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music and has worked as a music therapist in paediatric palliative care, with ‘at risk’ adolescents, in school settings and in oncology. Vanessa also writes, records and performs children’s music in Tiptoe Giants. In this kids music group, Vanessa uses her music therapy experience to write and perform music that is developmentally appropriate, accessible for all children at their shows and that provides opportunities for children and families to engage and connect physically, socially, cognitively and emotionally.
Shae is a newly graduated Registered Music Therapist. Shae graduated from her Masters of Music Therapy from Western Sydney University in 2019. Shae has her Bachelor of Contemporary Music and majored in voice at the Australian Institute of Music. Shae is currently working predominantly with children of all abilities in an Allied Health setting at Macarthur Children's Developmental Clinic. In conjunction with the CEO of the business, Shae created a music therapy role within the clinic in 2019 which has now equated to a permanent full time role. Shae is passionate about using her voice therapeutically and celebrating the strengths of her clients.
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Oli O’Reilly is a senior music therapist at Noro Music therapy and a sessional academic in music and music therapy at WSU. In his PhD, Oli is investigating ways music therapists and other musicians develop ensemble skills, with a particular focus on generalising instrumental skills from first instrument to clinical applications of the guitar.
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Jacinta Calabro has been a music therapist for over 20 years, working with families with infants and young children. She is passionate about ongoing learning and is the founder of Music Therapy Online.