JAM music therapy was established by Helen Cameron, a registered music therapist, in 1998.
After working in Local Government for several years Helen saw a need for after hours group music therapy for people with disabilities so that they could meet new people, outside of family and work, and be involved in an activity at the top of their preferences - music.
And so, JAM was born based on a simple but inclusive concept:
People making music, creating community, jamming together.
Today, JAM provides individual and group music therapy sessions in Melbourne for different age groups and abilities.
Individual sessions are available to address specific aims or to prepare for group work.
Helen consults and provides tailored music therapy programs for Special Developmental Schools, adult day centres, out of hours school programs and early intervention centres in and around Melbourne.
Registered Music Therapist
Helen trained as a music therapist at the University of Melbourne in the 1980's as one of the first graduates of the music therapy course under Emeritus Professor Denise Grocke.
Helen is influenced by the work of Nordoff Robbins Creative music therapy and Community music therapy and believes that music is an essential part of healthy development, as well as being fun!
Helen has worked in a variety of education, community, and medical settings throughout her career. Her focus is on children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing them with the opportunity to experience the power of live and active music-making.
Helen is a Registered Music Therapist and the Disability Advisor with the Australian Music Therapy Association. She is undertaking graduate research at the University of Melbourne, focussing on support work in group music therapy.
JAM music therapy for people with disabilities aims to provide high quality music therapy to assist with the achievement of personal goals. JAM aims to cater to the individual needs of the participant by providing stimulating and age appropriate music, promoting participation and maximising potential.