Te Kōkī New Zealand School of MusicTe Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM), a joint venture of Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington conducted research in finding ways to help intellectually disabled young people cope with adolescence through music.

A grant from the IHC Foundation enabled music therapist Daphne Rickson to carry out the research.

NZSM’s ACTIVE MUSIC report has now available to download from the Massey Universities Digital Library.

Daphne is quoted in The Wellingtonian article saying –

“Music could have a huge benefit for people with disabilities. It’s a social medium. It affects our emotions, we challenge our brains when we engage in it, and we use our bodies when we engage in it. You do not need to be a trained and experienced musician.”

Music was a form of communication just about anybody could be a part of, Ms Rickson said. It could be a lifeline for those with difficulty communicating and relating to others.

By creating music, participants felt they were contributing and being listened to. “[Music therapy] assists people who have difficulty communicating to express themselves first. “It’s not a specific message that you’re communicating, it’s just having this relationship that doesn’t involve talking.

“It’s an opportunity to communicate, socialise and build relationships.”

Read the full article on The Wellingtonian website