I am an accredited music therapist based in Waterloo Region. I received my accreditation status in October 2015. The majority of my clinical work is with developmentally delayed individuals. I also instruct adapted music lessons for individuals with physical and social disabilities.
I am an advocate for inclusion within my community. I have worked for multiple organizations and programs that share this vision, including Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region and Every Kid Counts.
I graduated from the Laurier undergraduate music therapy program in 2014. My primary instruments are the trombone and guitar, and I also utilize the piano and percussion frequently in music therapy sessions.
My private practice is my current project. The majority of my clinical work focuses on the potential benefits of music lessons adapted to work with an individual’s special needs. One of my goals is to upgrade my practice from a small business to an established music school/program. It will serve as a safe space for individuals with special needs to learn music in a style that suits them best.
I received my Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT) in June 2014. I received my MTA (Music Therapist Accredited) and MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified) status in October 2015 upon successful completion of the CBMT (Certification Board for Music Therapists) certification exam.
I completed a 1000-hour clinical internship between September 2014 and June 2015. I learned about the effective use of developmental music therapy and was able to work with children and adolescents with a wide variety of diagnoses.
I began supervising undergraduate music therapy placements at Laurier in January 2016. I observe individual and group sessions and meet with students weekly to discuss in-session events and potential strategies. I also provide support and guidance for students preparing for internships. My main goal is to serve as a role model for these students, having been in their position before.
“The Trombone”, Composition and Improvisation Resources for Music Therapists, Lee, Colin A., Berends, Aimee, & Pun, Sara, 2015.
I enjoy getting the chance to work alongside students who are just beginning their careers in music therapy. I enjoy the hands-on learning style that the music therapy placements follow. It allows me to help demonstrate what is expected of a music therapist in a real-world scenario. The students I supervise bring a great amount of passion and enthusiasm to each session, which makes it a fun place to work and teach. I am looking forward to continuing teaching this year!