Bringing Music Therapy to Remote Communities

I was lucky enough to be a part of the amazing Desert Feet Tour for three weeks in June/July this year. For those of you who haven't heard of Desert Feet they are a Western Australia based charity dedicated to bringing professional concerts to remote communities in WA. The purpose of the concerts is to showcase the amazing local musicians and create a fun evening of celebration and togetherness. The most recent tour visited four communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, which comprises a large geographical region (Approx 1500km from Perth).

Ngaanyatjarra lands is located close to the border of the NT. Closest town is Yalara (Uluru).

My role on the tour was to educate locals and service providers about the role and benefits of music therapy as well as conducting music therapy sessions in schools and aged care homes. We had a busy schedule jam packed with concerts workshops and my music therapy work. One of my favourite experiences was meeting the residents at Wanarn Aged Care Home. I ran a group music session and also spent time individually with some of the residents. Karen, a Ngaanyatjarra woman and the activities officer translated my 'Hello Song' into Ngaanyatjarra which we sang as a group. To read more about music therapy in the NG lands check out my blog posts on the Desert Feet blog - here.

Photo by Sarah Early Photography / Desert Feet

We had a lot of interest in the tour. Check out this great summary by Renew Newcastle's Rayannon Innes - here.

What an incredible experience it was to travel to the NG lands. Thank you to the people of Papulankutja, Jameson, Wanarn and Warburton for welcoming us into your communities and for sharing your music! Hope to see you again soon.

Moonrise over Singing Rocks near Papulankutja


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Mayfield, NSW

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