Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the creative use of music to assist in attaining and maintaining the wellbeing of people with a life limiting illness, their families and whānau.

Keryn Squires - Music Therapist

Keryn Squires
– Music Therapist

Our registered Music Therapist, Keryn Squires, uses live and recorded music to provide pleasure, motivation, relaxation and support.

Keryn may play music to relax someone who is anxious, or will make up a relaxing playlist for them to listen to. She may lead a sing-a-long with the family to help them connect with each other through music, or she may support the family to write a song for their child, parent or grandparent, as a family legacy or to express how they feel.

Children might come to our Cooper Cottage Music Therapy Room to improvise and play on the range of musical instruments to help them to express their emotions without the need to talk. For special needs children in palliative care, Keryn may adapt instruments and use musical applications on an iPad to enable the child to make music freely despite their physical limitations.

Music Therapy is held on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and is delivered either in the Inpatient Unit, the Music Therapy Room in Cooper Cottage or at the family’s home.

If you would like to know more about Music Therapy, please contact Keryn Squires on 04 569 7921 or email