December 2018…

Having successfully achieved the first goal of gaining a place to return to study in 2019, now the real planning begins, and a new chapter opens.

After almost 19 years in practice as a chiropractor, I worked my final session at Connect Chiropractic in Noble Park on December 18. Another chapter closes… Dr Nicole now confidently at the helm, has made this practice her own. With Dr Mai by her side and the support staff in place, they will continue the proud legacy of personalised care we have been renowned for.  It has been said that Connect Chiropractic is like ‘Hotel California’, in that I might check out for a bit, but there’s a fair chance I’ll never really leave.  I suspect that’s true…

BUT for now… a return to full-time University study awaits me!  This time in 2 years – all things being equal – I’ll be a registered Music Therapist as well as a registered Chiropractor. I can safely say I carry equal parts of excitement and trepidation, and I’m quite confident that I’ll bring a whole new meaning to ‘mature age’ as far as my fellow students are concerned 😉  Let the adventure continue!

November 2018…

With an extra year under my belt of regular practice and performance, a couple of further examinations, some successful conference presentations, and even a trip to Tuscany for a wonderful singing programme, I applied again.  The written application and video audition again afforded me a face-to-face interview…  the big test!

For better or worse, my interviewer remembered me from the previous year, and began the session by reminding me how poorly I had performed when last we met…  Oh dear!  This was make -or- break time.  Thankfully the hours of practice and repetition served me well, and a few weeks after my interview, I received an email welcoming me into the 2019 Melbourne University Much Therapy Masters cohort – HOORAY!!!

The Adventure Begins…

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This is a Journey which begins in August of 2016…  The question arose: Is it possible to combine chiropractic care with another modality, such as music therapy, to gain even greater access to the potential that neuroplasticity offers us in healthcare?

The empirical answer is yes… but the full exploration and training will take time!  So the adventure begins, wiht a return to music lessons and performance training, in a quest to enrol in the music therapy Masters programme at the esteemed Melbourne University.

Fast-forward to April 2017…

April 2017 saw Dr Kath’s Chiropractic practice of almost 18 years change hands, and a return to part-time study, to fulfil the requirements for application to Melbourne University’s music therapy training…  Psychology subjects, a return to singing lessons, purchasing – and then learning how to play a guitar, music theory studies, and the necessary examinations that are part of that process.  Plenty of fun and learning, some sore fingers as the calluses developed, and surprisingly, no complaints from the neighbours who were putting up with the throes of early skill acquisition and restoring old ones…

November 2017…

Having successfully completed all the requirements for application and submitting my video audition, I was granted an interview at the holy grail…  Time to step up!  While on paper I looked like a great candidate, in reality I was still under-prepared and my novice guitar skills were not up the the standard needed.  My first rejection…  OUCH!

So, I scooped up my pride, reduced my clinical hours at the chiropractic practice, and committed to the daily guitar practice that was clearly needed if I was ever going to make this idea happen.  More lessons, more calluses, more performances, and more time to focus on the end goal.  Thankfully too, more time for other fun, and to explore music therapy in action by observing others, reading widely, and attending events.  This was a massive and wonderful learning curve!