Hello my name is Hollie, I live in Mapleton on the Sunshine Coast and it's my passion to offer voice-based workshops and music therapy services to my community in Nambour and surrounding areas.
My relationship with music began at an early age as I was raised by musician parents, my mum a jazz singer and my dad a guitarist. Throughout my life, music has accompanied the highs and the lows, has been an old friend and soundtracked experiences that will forever keep the memories alive.
I've always marvelled at the power of music to transport oneself, to alter mood and to express complex emotions. As an adolescent I built my self-confidence and my identity by playing guitar and singing for friends, songwriting and eventually performing, fronting various bands as a vocalist.
At the age of 27, I rerouted my life's direction to follow my passion for music by completing a Diploma of Music. It was here I heard about the field of Music Therapy and how this profession helped people to enhance their health and well-being across psychosocial, emotional and physical domains. I knew I had found my calling and it ignited a dedicated learning journey that included a Bachelor of Psychology at University of Sunshine Coast and Masters of Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne.
One of my main interests is the human voice, its mechanics and how it provides an innate tool for expression. Pivotal to my own vocal expansion and quest for knowledge in this area was the completion of Level I, II & III of Somatic Voicework, The LeVetri Method. This vocal pedagogy course combined current multi-disciplinary voice science with corresponding practical voice training for Contemporary and Commercial Music. Learning this method catapulted my ability and confidence as a singer. Through this experience of empowerment birthed my private voice studio 'Vocal Play' and I shared this knowledge by providing singing tuition in the community for over two years. Vocal Play now offers pop-up voice-based workshops for small groups and runs monthly singing 'Circles of Sound' groups to share my alchemy of learnings from psychology, music therapy, somatic voicework and the power of play to uncover the unique voice inside us all.
My studies and personal journey has informed my philosophy of music as life, in its simplicities, complexities and fluidity, as an invisible thread that connects us all as human beings. I believe that if you can talk - you can sing and that all humans are musical beings. It is not reserved for musicians, but a birth right to be reclaimed and an incredible tool for creative expression that transcends well-being. Our culture needs healing, opportunities for unity and a new narrative for the future... what better way than raising our voices and connecting through the ancient medicine of music.