Imogen Rees

Founder and Managing Director of Carousel Music Therapy

MMusThrp, GradDipEd, BMus

Imogen has worked with older adults and children in a range of settings. She is a qualified teacher and registered music therapist and has worked in schools, special education settings, early intervention and children’s disability settings, creating and running programs for children to help enhance their learning and development through music.

During her Master of Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne, Imogen was awarded a scholarship to work as a music therapist in aged-care settings where she developed music therapy programs for older adults and people with dementia.  She observed the instant delight of older adult residents when children visited. Whether interacting or simply sharing the same space, there was a unique and palpable spark between the generations that was worth exploring. As a result, Imogen embarked on research, which led to a pilot program of the intergenerational music program in 2011. She has presented conference papers on the program at aged care and music therapy conferences around Australia. The program has also received awards and recognition from aged care and community music bodies, including the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and the Music in Communities Network.

Imogen’s Masters thesis analysed the use of music therapy with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations in aged care.

Imogen has a young daughter who loves coming to Carousel Music Therapy groups with her grandparents.