Hi, my name's Jacinta Calabro and I’m a registered music therapist.
I'm passionate about sharing the benefits of music with your child and supporting you in your parenting journey.
I’ve always been drawn to working with young children and helping parents build strong bonds of attachment with their children. Using our voices, positive touch, movement and singing are wonderful ways to connect parents with their babies & children.
Music is also a great way to support children to reach their early developmental milestones, stimulating gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, vestibular, language and social skills development. My groups at TLC Music are strongly informed by infant mental health, family centered care and attachment theory, and how music can support the development stages of childhood.
I trained nearly 20 years ago and completed my Bachelor of Music (Therapy) at the University of Melbourne. I started my career in 1998 working in Paediatrics at Monash Childrens Hospital, working with babies, children and adolescents experiencing illness or requiring medical treatment. As the program expanded I specialised in working with families with sick or premature newborns.
In 2003 I completed my research masters degree exploring the use of music therapy with babies born with heroin and morphine addiction and found that babies who received music therapy were more settled and slept better during their withdrawal treatment. In 2004 I took up a joint lecturing/clinical tutor role at the University of Queensland and Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, which then led to a teaching role in the music therapy department at the University of Melbourne. As coordinator of clinical training I was responsible for organizing the music therapy students clinical placements and providing supervision for them and their clinical supervisors. I also provided lectures for other subjects such as music therapy methods, Child Clients and Music Psychology both here and overseas. While on maternity leave I also completed a book chapter on Musical development in Infancy in Lifelong engagement with music: Benefits for mental health and well-being. Just in case you’re interested ;)
Since I had my own children I’ve really enjoyed being a stay at home mum. In 2013 I started my small private practice providing the TLC Music groups for families. I’m still very passionate about the wonderful benefits children gain from engaging in music and I love to hear from the TLC music families how music is helping their children. I’m very aware that the TLC Music groups also create a supportive community for parents. At TLC birth & beyond we ALL aim to nurture, educate, empower and support families in their pregnancy, birth and parenting journey. I’m excited to be part of the TLC community where the whole team is here to support YOU.