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About Me

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.

 

Clinical experience

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. 

Academic experience

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 ;)

Community Music

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. 

Happy healthy parents = happy healthy kids. 

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Philosophy of the Group

All families are welcomed and valued within the groups.  While parents are responsible for their own children the group is a supportive and non-judgmental space where parents and children alike are encouraged and validated and where the importance of the parenting role is acknowledged. 

It is important for children to feel calm, safe and secure within the group so the groups are limited to 10-12 families.  This allows the children to develop strong relationships and to be free to create and explore in the group.  Children are sensitive to new experiences (and people) so allow your child at least 3-6 weeks to settle in and become familiar with the rhythm of the group. 

An important part of the TLC Music experience is the morning tea which follows the group.  I provide an allergy friendly morning tea of tea/coffee, fruit and snacks for parents and children. This provides time for the children to play and develop their social skills, while also giving parents a chance to relax and chat with each other.  This is a safe & non-judgemental space where parents can share stories, get support and advice, and socialise with other adults.

 

What is music therapy?

 

What is music therapy and how is it different to other music groups?

In music therapy sessions the focus is usually on non-musical goals which enhance a persons functioning or wellbeing.  In my TLC Music sessions I have very clear goals to enhance your childs cognitive, physical, social and emotional development and also strengthen the parent/child bond.  Why?  Because I believe engaging in music helps children brains, bodies and relationships and sets them up for a happy healthy life.  

In music education sessions the focus is usually on the acquisition of music skills.  Both an early childhood music education session and a TLC Music session will look very similar as we both use the same types of activities and songs to achieve our aims.  So your child will still develop music skills whichever type of session you choose.

If you're not sure what would suit you then I encourage you to go and check out a few different sessions in the local area and see which one best fits you and your child.  We're all different so it's worth taking the time to look around and choose which one feels right for your family.  You're very welcome to come for a free trial at TLC Music to see what you think.  Just enter your details in the 'Free Trial' section on the website.  

If you've never heard of Music Therapy then here’s the official definition….

‘Music therapy is a research-based allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing. Music therapists are trained musicians and therapists who are interested in achieving non-musical goals through both active and passive participation in musical activities’. 
Australian Music Therapy Association

If you’d like to know more just contact www.austmta.org.au

 

What is TLC Birth & Beyond all about?

TLC Birth and Beyond aims to educate, support, nurture and empower women and families through conception, pregnancy, birth and early parenting.  TLC Birth & Beyond was established in 2008 by Melanie Cane who is a doula, calm birth educator, early parenting specialist and mother.  The center provides a variety of services provided by practitioners who are all passionate about the journey of parenthood.  

TLC Birth & Beyond Services

TLC offers a full range of services to support parents and families. Currently TLC offers Calmbirth classes, parenting support programs (transition to home and home support programs), pre and post-natal yoga classes, child inclusive exercise classes, infant massage classes, naturopathy, reiki, kinesiology, physiotherapy, pre and post-natal massage, certified lactation consultants, baby/child chiropractors, TLC Music for babies & kids, psychology services, TLC Choir, home birth midwives and newborn photography services.

Facilities

TLC reception is a warm and welcoming space where you can sit quietly and breastfeed or catch up on your pregnancy, birth or parenting reading.  TLC offers a free lending library to our families.  Books and journals are available on a wide variety of pre and postnatal topics including nutrition, natural birth, baby led weaning, co-sleeping, and baby care.  TLC has two rooms available for massage, psychology and other natural health services.  There is also a large room used for yoga, TLC Music, exercise groups and workshops.  TLC also provides a kitchen, change table and toilets for families use.

Contact TLC Birth & Beyond

[email protected]
Call 0438 809 922

You can contact TLC Birth & Beyond via our Facebook page (please like us!) or via the TLC website for more information on services, classes and practitioners at www.tlcbirthandbeyond.com.au

TLC Birth & Beyond
1/1288 Burwood Hwy
Upper Ferntree Gully
h:  043 880 9922