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Songwriting Workshops



"A system process of intervention wherein the therapist helps the client to promote health, using music experiences and the relationships that develop through them" (Erkkila et.al., 2008).

Music and counselling are closely related.  Pratt (2004) suggests that music was used to therapeutic benefit by Hippocrates - as far back as 460BC.  Music therapy gained notoriety as a significant counselling tool during World War II.  At the time overcrowded military hospitals encouraged complimentary forms of therapy to enter their wards (Pratt, 2004).  Musicians of all description took up the call to play for returned veterans who where recovering from physical and mental trauma.  Attending physicians and nurses noted the patients possitive physical and emotional response to music, which launced an appeal to hire musicians to attend patients on a continuing basis (http://www.musictherapy.org).  Betwen then and now a rich history and awarness of music as therapy has developed. 


In recent years, a large number of reputable papers which espouse the positive therapeutic outcome of Music Therapy have been published.  If you are interested in understanding Music Therapy a little more, I have provided some interesting links bellow:


Music Therapy for Adolescents

Jukka Tervo (2001)

DOI: 10.1177/1359104501006001007


A Neuroscientific Perspective on Music Therapy

Stefan Kolsch (2009)

DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04592.x


Art, Dance, and Music Therapy

Rosalie Rebollo Pratt, EdD (2004)

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmr.2004.03.004


Music Therapy for Depression

Anna Maratos, Christian Gold, Xu Wang, Mike Crawford (2010)

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004517


The Effect of Improvisational Music Therapy on the Treatment of Depression: Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial

Jaakko Erkkil√§ et. al. (2008)

DOI: 10.1186/1471-244X-8-50


Music Therapy with Imminently Dying Hospice Patients and Their Families: Facilitating Release Near the Time of Death

Robert E. Krout EdD, MT-BC, RMTh (2003)

DOI: 10.1177/104990910302000211


Effect of Music Therapy on Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Alzheimer's Type Dementia: Randomised, Controlled Study

S. Guetin et. al. (2009)

DOI: 10.1159/000229024 


For more, you may like to visit:


Australian Journal of Music Therapy





Journal of Music Therapy




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Now that we have a basic understanding of the therapeutic value of music, I would like to introduce you to...




Our mission is to:


  • Raise awareness of personal & interactive life skills through creative team projects.

  • Excite the imagination though the creation of music.

  • Bring students into direct contact with highly experienced music industry professionals as a valuable part of development.

  • Provide an opportunity for young people to experience songwriting, performance and production though every stage of the process from inception to having a marketable product in their hands.

  • Encourage participants to develop the personal and interpersonal skills required to complete a creative team project which mirrors the requirements of professional industry.

  • Raise awareness of the capacity of music and creativity as vehicles for self-expression.

  • Encourage participants to experience and develop awareness of the correlation between self-expression and mental health.

  • Facilitate the experience of the positive cycle of - creativity brinin enjoyment, and enjoyment raising creativity.


From a counselling perspective:


With understanding of the therapapeutic posibities present within music our mission includes a nonintrusive introduction to counselling  selfcare within creative writing, expression and experience. 


Theoretical framework: each workshop is structured to the mission briefs; this structure includes musical interaction (listening to music, creating original peices of music, musical expression); a primary aim of each workshop is to improve mental health; the main agent of change could be described as the music, the relationship between facilitators and participants of the workshops, and/or the discussion which stems from the music.   


The Team


Richie Robinson: Facilitator - Song writer, production and performance professional (guitar and voice).


Clair Esman: Facilitator - Counsellor and performer (voice).


Nelson DuBuois: Facilitator - Performer (voice and keyboard).


Richie Robinson

Richie Robinson is surely one of South Australia's best-kept guitar secrets. Born in Alice Springs, a small town in outback Australia, Richie got his first guitar at age 8 - It only had two strings on it, and he made the most of each of them - as he has done ever since. 


At around 11 years old Richie moved to Adelaide. He began developing a style and approach that would make him one of the most employed guitar perfomers in the history of South Australia. Richie has remained humble throughout his career, keeping his name behind the scenes with few releases and little promotion, and so millions of Australians have been entertained by Richie without ever knowing his name.


Richie has a vast amount of knowledge and skill as a production and performance professional, and award winning song writer.  His past experiences with workshops, and the thanks recieved, are testimony to his talent and dedication.  His return to workshops presents opportunities for a sharing of knowledge and a creative, imagination filled experience which should not be missed. 


Please feel free to visit Richie's website to learn more about the man and his talent:



(Richie's website contains a page titled 'Songwriting Workshops' which features history on past workshops that he has presided over - including song samples.  To obtain the password for this page please email Richie at RichieRobinsonGuitar@outlook.com to express your interest without obligation).




It should be noted that all above references to Music Therapy were for illustrative purposes,to do justice to the suggestion that music can be used to therapeutic benefit.