The NDIS recognises music therapy as a therapeutic support for people with disability, and funding is available through NDIS for music therapy services. You do not need a referral from another allied health or medical practitioner to access music therapy services. To find a Registered Music Therapist who can help you, or to find out more information, please go to our website at www.austmta.org.au
Australian Music Therapy Association
NDIS approved provider status
Jacinta Calabro is an approved NDIS provider of therapeutic supports and has approval pending for early childhood supports. Jacinta is happy to see NDIS managed or self-managed clients and specialises in working with babies, children and their families.
Click here to see her approved provider certificate for therapeutic supports
Session fees are $180 per hour and shorter sessions can be billed pro-rata. Jacinta recommends 30-45min sessions for younger clients and up to 60min for older clients. Fees are invoiced from TLC Music as per individual arrangements with each family or NDIS coordinator.
TLC Music has limited capacity for 1:1 NDIS sessions but generally TLC Music has sessions available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school hours. Sessions are usually held weekly during school term with breaks over school holidays.
Jacinta Calabro is a registered music therapist with over 20 years experience working with babies, children and their families. Jacinta has worked for the past 6 years at TLC Music and prior to this was the manager of the music therapy program at Monash Childrens Hospital and also teaching the music therapy course at the University of Melbourne. Jacinta has both an undergraduate degree and research masters in music therapy and is passionate about working with music in the early years.
What is MT?
“Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing” Australian Music Therapy Association. Music therapy is a recognised allied health profession and AMTA is a member organisation of Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA).
What can music therapy offer clients with a disability?
Music therapy goals are generally to optimise development across domains including:
· Increasing memory
· Increasing attention; including sustained, alternating and selective attention
· Increasing executive functioning; including, planning, organisation, inhibition and self monitoring
· Developing emotional regulation
· Increasing sensory processing and integration
· Developing arousal and awareness
· Increasing initiation and motivation
· Increasing independence and community participation
· Non-verbal and verbal communication including developing speech articulation and pronunciation
· Interaction, social skills and social engagement
· Cognitive processing skills
· Fine and gross motor development
· Coordination and balance
· Reduce isolation
· Foster identity formation
· Facilitate emotional growth and development.
· Reduce anxiety and enhance self-regulation
· Reduce challenging behaviors
· Enhance the parent-child bond
· To build capacity in parents to utilise music-based strategies in the home
Music works incredibly well as a motivator, educator and physiological regulator. Music therapy works for clients with a disability as it is a fun and engaging way to learn, rehearse and build new skills, experiment and try new things and to reinforce concepts and behaviours.
If you would like to discuss music therapy sessions for your child or NDIS client then please get in touch at
TLC Music Operations Manual
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