Celebrating 15 Years of Music Therapy Training in South Africa


  • Helen Brenda Oosthuizen University of Pretoria




music therapy in South Africa, music therapy training


In 2014, the Music Therapy Master’s training course at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, celebrated its 15th anniversary. To mark the occasion, two showcases held in Gauteng and Port Elizabeth celebrated the work that is being done by music therapists and community musicians across the country, both those with many years of experience, students and recent graduates. This report of the showcases highlights the calibre of exciting music therapy projects that are emerging and developing within diverse contexts and communities throughout our country.

Author Biography

Helen Brenda Oosthuizen, University of Pretoria

Helen Oosthuizen is a music therapist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She completed her Masters degree in music therapy at the University of Pretoria in 2005, where she currently serves as a part-time academic supervisor. Since graduating, Helen has worked as a music therapist in Gauteng and Cape Town in schools, hospitals, community centres and in private practice.She currently facilitates music therapy groups with young sexual offenders at the Teddy Bear Clinic in Johannesburg. She has published journal articles in this field and is a co-editor of the book, ‘Taking Music Seriously: Stories from South African Music Therapy’




How to Cite

Oosthuizen, H. B. (2015). Celebrating 15 Years of Music Therapy Training in South Africa. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 15(2). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v15i2.830