Sarah Hylton - Director
Sarah has 15 years experience as a Music Therapist working with children that have special needs and also families with young children. Sarah is a Registered Music Therapist with the AMTA. Sarah holds a Post graduate Diploma of Music Therapy, Masters of Social Science, PG Diploma of Counselling and a Certificate of Teaching (Pianoforte) with ABRSM.
Sarah is passionate about working with children that have special needs. Helping them learn important life skills whilst having fun is Sarah’s main focus. Sarah is a warm, caring person who takes time to get to know each child, developing a trusting relationship with them that allows learning to flourish.
Sarah’s professional roles and experience include:
Music Therapist at Music Therapy Northern Beaches, Let the Music Play, Autism Community Network, and PaKT4CHANGE. Sarah was also the therapy supervisor and music therapist at Tzu Chi in Sydney and initiated the setup of a speech, art, OT and music therapy program for children with special needs. Sarah was responsible for the recruitment and smooth running of the therapist team and programs. Sarah has also worked with a range of community organisations, playgroups and schools in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.
Brisbane is now home and where Shine Time Music Therapy has become Sarah's love and a flourishing family of clients and therapists. We conduct home visits, group programs and workshops for families with young children. Sarah's methods and direction are valued by the many clients that have joined and we look forward to helping many more.
Sarah has also supervised music therapy students studying at Masters Level enabling them to gain practical experience to develop therapy skills, and provide formal assessments.
Sarah has previously worked as an Applied Behavioural Analysis therapist providing one-on-one therapy with children in their homes in order to develop age-appropriate language, listening, motor, non-verbal, social skills, and address behavioural issues. In addition, she has worked as a ‘Shadow’ to help integrate children with special needs into mainstream schools.
Sarah also has over 25 years as a multi-instrument music teacher and has travelled the world teaching English as a second language. Sarah has a wealth of experience and a varied toolkit which she uses to help others within her music therapy work.