Hummingbird music therapy and singing provides music therapy, singing tuition and singing in the Cairns area as well as nationally and internationally.

Music Therapy

Music therapy can be defined as the use of music/and/or musical elements by a qualified music therapist with a client or group, in a process designed to facilitate and promote communication, relationships, learning, mobilisation, expression, organisation, and other relevant therapeutic objectives in order to meet physical, emotional, mental, social and cognitive needs. (WFMT,1997)

Music therapy is an allied health profession practised throughout Australia and in more than 40 countries around the world. People of any age or ability may benefit from a music therapy program regardless of musical skill or background. Music therapy focuses on meeting therapeutic aims, which distinguishes it from musical entertainment or music education. It allows an individual's abilities to be strengthened and new skills to be transferred to other areas of a person's life.

I work with people living with autism, ADHD, childhood trauma, PTSD, challenging behaviours, ABI, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal injuries, emotional difficulties, Mental health issues, pre and post surgery, learning difficulties, speech and communication concerns, terminal illness to name a few. Music therapy can make a difference in your life.

Singing Lessons

Singing lessons for all ages and abilities. Preparation for AMEB exams and competitions as well as for pleasure.

Areas covered during singing lessons:

  • Breath management
  • Support mechanism
  • Posture
  • Expanding the mind
  • Listening to other singers
  • Resonance
  • Diction and articulation
  • Expressiveness
  • Musicality
  • Vocal health
  • Healthy speech

This is taught using:

  • Imagery
  • Demonstration
  • Inspiration
  • Theory and science of singing

Knowing how the singing instrument works, and knowing how to get it to work consistently is the sum of technical knowledge (Miller, 1996).


Katerini provides live singing for weddings, festivals and private functions. She specialises in Greek music and classical repertoire.

Katerini Manolatos

Katerini Manolatos is a Mezzo-soprano born and raised in Brisbane. She studied at the Queensland Young Conservatorium for her teenage years and later on went to study at a tertiary level at the Queensland Conservatorium of music to complete her Bachelor of music in Voice in 2000. She later completed her Associate in Music Australia in 2001 and her Masters in Music Therapy in 2005.

Moving from Brisbane to Cairns three years ago has proved to be an exciting career move for Katerini. She has launched Hummingbird music therapy and singing which encompasses her skills and drive for nurturing young voices and her master's qualification in music therapy. Most recently she has joined forces with Gail Rogers (Speech and Language Pathologist specialising in the area of voice) to develop the Vocal Boot Camp series, which educates professional voice users in vocal technique and protection.

Katerini is passionate about enabling people to find new avenues in their lives through music therapy. She currently works with young people with acquired brain injury and with young people who have experienced traumatic events. She is excited about the future of music therapy in Cairns and Far North Queensland.

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