Meet Ruby Solly, Master of Music Therapy student
Studying Music Therapy at Victoria University of Wellington is great because we have a caring, close-knit department of supportive staff and students. Something I really value about the Music Therapy programme is that there is a lot of scope for personalising what you do as a therapist and to research and develop your voice within the practice. For me, that involved learning taonga puoro and incorporating that into my work.
I’ve had amazing opportunities at the University to work with Māori and Pasifika students as the Māori and Pasifika student liaison for the New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī. One of the highlights for me was assisting with organising an event focusing on our brilliant Māori and Pasifika alumni: ‘Puoro’, in which I was able to take part in a powhiri involving nga taonga pūoro, welcoming in our manuhiri. Working to normalise the use of puoro Māori within our school has been a challenging, yet rewarding journey for me.
Studying and living in Wellington is great because we have so many intersecting communities that nurture young artists and creatives. It’s small enough that you can keep your finger on the pulse, but big enough that there’s always something inspiring going on!