Helen McGann | NZRMth, MMusTher, BA (Hons)

Helen McGann

Helen is a New Zealand Registered Music Therapist. She has lived in NZ now for 9 years, moving from Staffordshire, England. Helen has an undergraduate degree in creative therapies and completed her Masters of Music Therapy at Victoria University and Massey University in 2012. Most of her clinical experience has been with children with special educational needs and people living with dementia. Helen is passionate about the development of the music therapy profession in New Zealand, especially around clinical standards and research. Helen works in private practice and at a special school.

Nolan Hodgson | BA, MMusTher (1st class honours)


Nolan graduated in 2015 from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music with a Master of Music Therapy completed with First Class Honours. Nolan studied abroad in Stockholm University in 2010. He received provisional registration as a Music Therapist in 2015. He was a Finalist in the NZ Volunteer of the Year awards for assisting at the Raukatauri Music. Nolan has been self-employed as a Music Therapist and musician in Wellington until returning to Te Awamutu in 2016. He is now working as 0.4 Music Therapist for MMMT while assisting with the set-up of his parent’s restaurant.

Shari Storie | MMusTher(Hons) BSc. BMus. NZRMTh

Shari Storie is thrilled to be joining the Music Moves Me team and helping to grow music therapy services for people living with dementia in Aotearoa, NZ. She brings five years experience working with people living with dementia through her work in mental health services in a hospital setting, aged care in residential and health settings, and with a choir for people living with neurological conditions including dementia through a university research centre; alongside her work with people across the lifespan living with disabilities and/or mental health. Shari graduated from Victoria University of Wellington (2012) with a Master of Music Therapy with First Class Honours. Prior to that, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science conjoint at the University of Auckland (2009), majoring in Composition, Statistics and Psychology. Shari gained full registration and certification as a practicing music therapist (2013) and has been an elected Council member of Music Therapy New Zealand since 2014, which has been a wonderful opportunity to be part of developing and supporting music therapy on a national level. She enjoys using the piano, flute, saxophone, guitar and various percussion instruments as well as her voice, exploring how music engages and connects with people in meaningful ways.