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Carlin McLellan

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I’ve lived in Sydney, Vancouver and Berlin. Newcastle keeps on pulling me back in with its great beaches and friendly vibes

Carlin McLellan

Meet Carlin McLellan.

I’ve lived in Sydney, Vancouver and Berlin. Newcastle keeps on pulling me back in with its great beaches and friendly vibes. I worked as a disability support worker for ten years while also freelancing as a music producer. I’ve played in a number of bands and been lucky enough to tour overseas. I’m one half of the local band Moonsign, a dream pop duo, and I compose ambient music as Hidden Sky. After completing a Masters of Music Therapy at Western Sydney University I moved back to Newcastle two years ago to start my business Play Anything Music Therapy. As a Registered Music Therapist and NDIS provider, I work with people of all ages and abilities in schools, homes, at my studio in Mayfield as well as online sessions. Music Therapy is an evidence-based profession in which we use music in a range of ways to help people reach their goals and develop functional capacity. A music therapy session might involve instrumental improvisation, songwriting, singing, moving to music, drumming. My favourite instrument is the Celtic Harp because no matter what you play it sounds beautiful – There are no wrong notes! We have a great community here in Mayfield West – Play Anything Music Therapy is cosily nestled amongst Jan’s Antiques, Zaaki Espresso, Quick Cuts Barber and (the legendary) Mayfield West Kebabs. I feel that I’m in the right place; Newcastle is very nurturing. There’s this feeling of connection and mutual support. A lot of my creativity is tied to this city.

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