Kerrie O'Connor

Music Therapist



Kerrie graduated with an MA in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick in 2009 and her practise comprises music therapy, music services and a music therapy referral pathway. In 2014 she undertook training in Neurological Music Therapy in Germany and has served as IACAT council member, treasurer and administrator.

Kerrie currently works in Dementia care and with young adults who have experienced an acquired brain injury. She also works with a number of private individuals agus endeavours to refer on potential clients to other IACAT music therapists.

Before training as a music therapist Kerrie worked part-time as a free-lance flautist and vocalist, completing an Associate Diploma in Flute from Trinity College London and a Diploma in Church Music from NUI Maynooth. These interests are incorporated into her music therapy practise and independently in non-therapeutic settings.

Having attended primary and secondary gaelscoileanna Kerrie undertook her undergraduate studies at Dublin City University exclusively through the medium of Irish. The B Sc in Finance, Computing and Enterprise, known as Fiontar, incorporated a strong focus on identity with room for culture, language and the arts. This nurtured an interest in sean nós singing, particularly that of West Kerry, continuing through the MA in music therapy which included an elective in sean nós with performance.  

Kerrie is a member of the group Fuaimlaoi based at St Teresa's Carmelite Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin. Under the direction of composer and instrumentalist Ronan McDonagh Fuaimlaoi seeks to develop and promote sacred song rooted in the Irish tradition. The group's name Fuaimlaoi is derived from a poetic joining of 2 Irish words -Fuaim meaning sound and Laoi meaning old epic poem or canticle.

She is also a founding member of the group Vox Hiberniae, an Irish ensemble who perform music in spaces informed by the complementarity that exists between the two. It is an Irish voice with harp and the Irish language at it's core while eagerly drawing on a range of musical traditions. 


Dementia and Older Adult Care

Dementia specific group work, bed-side work and mixed diagnosis group work, older adults choir

Group music therapy is offered to long term and respite clients complimented by bedside sessions and open music therapy group work. Her music therapy service seeks to harness and strengthen community life via group work and to acknowledge specific needs via 1 to 1 sessions.

Young Adults in Long Term Care

1to1 and group work with young adults living with a variery of conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Acquired Brain injury, Cerebral Palsy or Down Syndrome, in addition to those experiencing challenges to their mental health. Work focuses on individual perspectives and experiences and seeks to promote reflective, creative and growth opportunities via music therapy

Music Therapy Referral Pathways

Kerrie is committed to the implementation of music therapy services by IACAT accredited music therapists across Ireland. She liaises with a number of fellow music therapists in a knowledge transfer whereby referrals she is unable to take up are passed on to other music therapists.




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Kerrie is currently unavailable for private referrals but may be able to put you in touch with another therapist