About Sarah Fisher Dobbin
Sarah Fisher Dobbin is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT), NDIS approved provider and qualified music educator who has vast musical experiences.
Sarah has obtained a Masters of Music Therapy as well as a Masters of Special Education which followed a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education.
Sarah has been working in music education with students with a range of needs as a music therapist and educator. This experience includes working in schools that cater for students with behaviour and emotional issues, schools for students with moderate to severe intellectual and physical disabilities and in mainstream settings. Sarah runs her own private music therapy sessions throughout the Central Coast. In addition to working for the Department of Education and her own private practice, Sarah has provided private music tuition on a variety of instruments.
Individual and group music therapy sessions have been provided through government funding for clients e.g. Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Department of Families, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA). Sarah is a NDIS approved provider. She has developed programs that meet both therapeutic and BOSTES education outcomes. Sarah uses innovative approaches that have been planned and implemented to engage and inspire students.
Sarah’s experience with providing music therapy includes:
- children with disabilities
- children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- early intervention
- children in palliative care
- aged care facilities
- music through technology
- educational experience with behaviour and special needs
Sarah is an accomplished musician as well as a music therapist and educator. She enjoys performing with her local symphony orchestra, Symphony Central Coast . Sarah has also performed in a number of musical theatre shows with Gosford Musical Society. Additionally, Sarah has played as an individual, within duets and a variety of chamber ensembles. She has played for charity and community events, weddings and enjoys informal music opportunities.
Music therapy has the ability to improve the lives of people.
Discover music as therapy
Music therapy is a professional discipline that utilises planned and controlled music to achieve therapeutic goals and aims. Music therapy is the functional use of musical interaction to enhance and develop socialisation, communication, selfexpression, and sensory-motor skills.
Sarah Fisher Dobbin
Sarah has been working in music education with students with a range of needs. This includes working in schools that cater for students with behaviour issues and emotional issues, schools for students with moderate to severe intellectual and physical disabilities and in mainstream settings.
Music therapy goals
There are a range of music therapy techniques and interventions that are used during music therapy sessions. There are planned components but there are also activities that can be used in the moment dependent upon reaction, feelings and willingness of the participant(s).
Music Therapy has been wonderful for April. She is singing with more confidence and with more articulation, making her speech clearer and easier to understand. She is enjoying all aspects of her sessions, becoming increasingly less anxious. She particularly enjoys using the microphone.
Lyn – Mother