Ria is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT)
Ria graduated from Western Sydney University’s Master of Creative Music Therapy with Distinction in 2019. She also has a Bachelor of Music and is a singing teacher.
Before Ria joined Central Coast Music Therapy, she worked in Sydney in a large allied health multidisciplinary team and is passionate about the use of Music to support the wellbeing and development of children and adults with disabilities. Ria believes that music is a powerful tool that connects us all, regardless of language barriers and abilities.
She is passionate about using music to develop language and communication skills, particularly in early intervention.
Music therapy has the ability to improve the lives of people.
Discover music as therapy
Music therapy is a professional discipline that utilises planned and controlled music to achieve therapeutic goals and aims. Music therapy is the functional use of musical interaction to enhance and develop socialisation, communication, selfexpression, and sensory-motor skills.
Sarah Fisher Dobbin
Sarah has been working in music education with students with a range of needs. This includes working in schools that cater for students with behaviour issues and emotional issues, schools for students with moderate to severe intellectual and physical disabilities and in mainstream settings.
Music therapy goals
There are a range of music therapy techniques and interventions that are used during music therapy sessions. There are planned components but there are also activities that can be used in the moment dependent upon reaction, feelings and willingness of the participant(s).
Music Therapy has been wonderful for April. She is singing with more confidence and with more articulation, making her speech clearer and easier to understand. She is enjoying all aspects of her sessions, becoming increasingly less anxious. She particularly enjoys using the microphone.
Lyn – Mother