Sydney Music Therapy

Reanna Price – Registered Music Therapist

Reanna Price has a Masters in Music Therapy, Certified in Neurologic Music Therapy, Bachelor of Music, Diploma of Education (Music), Post graduate in Radio (Programme Directors), and training in Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy (ABA). Reanna currently works between her private practice, education department and Royal North Shore Hospital.

Reanna currently works with children, adolescents and adults with behaviour and emotional issues, including drug and alcohol dependency, mental health issues and children with moderate to severe intellectual and physical disabilities.

Over the past 16 years Reanna has taught in Sydney, China and England. Reanna has also been a professional musician for over 25 years and has gained clinical experience from Westmead Children’s Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital, Department of Education Schools, Nursing Homes and the Nordoff Robbins Centre.

Music Therapy

At Sydney Music Therapy, we assess each client through an initial assessment* and through information provided to us from family, carer or professional referral (speech therapist, local GP, hospital, physiotherapist). Goals are then set, researched and musical strategies are then worked through to achieve these goals. The process is continuously reviewed and assessed.

Areas that may be focused on are:

  • Developmental (cognitive, behavioural, physical, sensory stimulation, emotional)
  • Educational
  • Early Intervention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Loss and trauma
  • Social
  • Health and wellness
  • Stress management
  • Counselling

During the initial assessment, the Registered Music Therapist will interact with the client through activities such as singing, playing different instruments, improvisation, playing familiar songs and new songs (created in the moment) and listening. The Registered Music Therapist will assess the client’s responses to musical interactions and musical guidance.

After the initial assessment, the program includes components such as:

  • Free improvisation
  • Receptive listening
  • Active playing
  • Social play
  • Drumming
  • Instrument playing
  • Instrument exploration
  • Movement to music
  • Group and individual activities

Sessions can vary from 30-60 minutes and generally run for a course of 10 weeks, depending on the needs of the client. However, it is not unusual for clients to continue the course of Music Therapy for a year or ongoing.

* Highly recommended for best outcomes.

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.

Our Goals

The aim of Sydney Music Therapy is to help in the overall development and progress of children, adolescents and adults through music therapy by:

  • Creating a positive and engaging response to the music
  • Creating a fun and socially interactive environment
  • Building social skills
  • Building self-esteem and a positive personal identity
  • Creating a sense of teamwork
  • Increasing peer interactions
  • Assisting with the development of expression and communication
  • Improving group behaviours such as sharing, turn-taking, working in a group
  • Enhancing awareness of self and environment
  • Promoting movement through grasping, holding, striking, strumming and reaching

"Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears – it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ears."

Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Who May Seek a Music Therapist?

Parents or carers with children, adolescents or adults with disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dementia, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Blind, Deaf, Parkinson’s Disease, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Multiple sclerosis, Rett Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Epilepsy.

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Day Care Centres
  • Respite Facilities
  • Aged Care Facilities
  • Community-Focused Charities
  • Group Homes


Sydney Music Therapy offers many services including individual sessions and consultation, group sessions, home visits and a range of session lengths 30, 45 and 60 minutes. Please contact us to enquire about music therapy session prices.

Currently in Australia, Medicare and private health insurance does not cover Music Therapy sessions.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Music Therapy is a recognised support by the NDIS to ‘facilitate functional improvement through adjustment, adaptation and building capacity to participate in the broader community’. Music Therapy is provided as an allied health service, similar to speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy etc.

If you have funding under the category of individual therapeutic support or group therapy support you may choose that funding, or part of that funding, to access music therapy sessions. This is found under the support cluster of ‘Capacity Building’ within the ‘Improved Daily Living’ category.

Terms and Conditions will be given before commencement of service.