Founder and Managing Director
Registered Music Therapist, RMT
Neurologic Music Therapist, NMT
M.Mus.Thy. B.Mus. Dip.Ed
Kassie Sofia is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT) who graduated in 2013 with a Masters of Music Therapy (M.Mus.Thy) from the University of Queensland. Prior to completing her Masters, Kassie also completed a Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) majoring in piano performance, and a Diploma in Secondary Education (Dip.Ed.). For many years whilst completing her studies, Kassie was a regular on the Brisbane music circuit, playing shows in local bands, as well as teaching piano and guitar privately. When Kassie started studying, she anticipated she would become a high-school music teacher. However whilst completing a high-school placement during the education degree, it was here that Kassie realised where her true passion for music lay - not in fact, in education, but in helping others through music.
Since studying, Kassie has worked with a diverse range of adults, young people, children and families - including young people in flexi-school settings, music groups for children and disabilities, allied health clinics, adult mental health and rehabilitation, disability settings in schools, as well as private practice. During her years as a therapist, Kassie has found that such a high percentage of her clients are individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), that she has developed an interest and affinity to working with disabilities, and particularly ASD. She is fascinated by just how incredibly different each individual is, with the Temple Grandin quote, "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism," really resonating with her.
Qualifications and Affiliations:
Registered Music Therapist (RMT)
Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT)
Masters of Music Therapy (University of Queensland)
Bachelor of Music (Queensland University of Technology)
Diploma in Education (Queensland University of Technology)
Vice Chairperson, QLD AMTA
Licentiate Diploma of Piano (Honours)
Associate Diploma of Piano (Honours)
Kassie is deeply committed to providing a holistic service to individuals, ensuring that she works with them to establish a program that is tailored to who they truly are as individuals. Kassie believes that working alongside families, carers, and an individual's team of allied health professionals can be a positive and empowering experience for the individual, and ultimately, create an environment where the individual feels supported, free to be themselves, and able to achieve their therapeutic goals.
Outside of work hours, Kassie loves to spend time exploring nature, painting, drawing and creating music for her own health and wellbeing, as well as spending quality time with her partner and family of four-legged friends, including her dog Monte who is also a registered Delta Therapy Dog - he sometimes likes to join Kassie in sessions, and has become an un-official but very important staff member of Rhythm Music Therapy. More recently, Kassie has also taken up the trumpet and is working towards her Grade 1 Trumpet Examination alongside one of her Music Therapy clients!
Kassie is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and bound by their Code of Ethics.