Meet Carmen Cheong-Clinch.

Hey thanks for stopping by to find out more about me and my work. I’ve worked and researched children’s and young people’s music engagement in relation to how they learn and in mental health for over 20 years. Currently, my day job is in an acute child and youth mental health inpatient facility. If you have an idea about working with young people, or would like me to work with a young person contact me at or +61 402 451 882 I look forward to hearing from you to discuss how we can work together.

Music And Young People

I have learned so much from working with young people through my work in learning and mental health, and through my PhD. Many of them have told me about the incredible meaning of their preferred music. I’ve found that their music helps to connect with them, helps them to feel heard and make sense of their inner world. Most of all their music listening is a natural and powerful way to help them get through the difficult ups and downs of growing up and teenage life. I feel very lucky to work with them through music.
Tune Your Mood® was created in 2011 as a youth health initiative. Since then I’ve also collaborated with award-winning youth health portal Tune In Not Out as a music-based e-platform to promote positive youth health.


What Do You Feel Like Listening To?

Tune Your Mood® works with Tune In Not Out to invite young people
to tell us what music they're listening to, check out this playlist
created by young people:

Songs For Monday

"Some songs encourage us to be strong, give us hope and courage, to face the day. Sometimes we need to be chilled to get through the day."
By: JiNtHe

Tell us how you listen to music to deal with the ups and downs of life and email a playlist to be uploaded on Email us.

Some young people struggle to find the right words to tell us how they’re feeling, but I’ve found that they can do it through music.

Other times, music can be a way to make meaningful changes such as get out of the cycle of negative thinking, or understanding a messy social situation.

I’ve also found that music has a way to help families understand and connect with their teenagers, and move forward to build more positive relationships.


Find out more about the power of music

'Music can make us feel better, or take us deeper into the darkside.'​

​Katrina Skewes McFerran​​, professor of music therapy, University of Melbourne​


'Most young people and even most adults don’t have a purpose in their life.’ Kendall Cotton Bronk, associate professor of psychology, Claremont Graduate University

Music and Our Brains

Read here about the impact of our favourite music on our brain

Getting Help

Ally Kelly from Mind Blank