As the school year begins, new weekly series are also being developed. This is the first post in a new series of “Monday Meetings,” and each week a Faculty Member, Supervisor or Staff Member will be featured in a blog post.
Music Therapy Training
I graduated in 2008 from the Master of Music Therapy program at WLU. Post-graduation, I completed my internship on a part time basis and received MTA status in 2012. I have been supervising graduate and undergraduate students since 2010 and completed the level one supervisor’s course developed by Amy Clements-Cortes based on the CAMT competencies. I continue to learn and build music therapy skills by attending conferences and workshops. Most recently I attended the Neuroscience Speech and Language Training for Music Therapists at U of T.
Model of Practice & Clinical Interests
Creative Music Therapy as developed by Nordoff and Robbins is at the forefront for my model of practice. I also find Amelia Oldfield’s approach (Interactive Music Therapy) to be very helpful and practical.
As a voice instructor I gravitate towards methods involving voice production: singing familiar songs, vocal improvisation, speech reinforcement, vocal expression. I adopt a playful approach when appropriate.
The most interesting clinical work I’ve done in the past year was at Grand River Institute for Women. I facilitated small group sessions with female inmates focusing on instrumental and vocal improvisation and song writing.
Main Client Populations
I work with children and adults and have experience with the following clinical populations:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Down Syndrome
- Developmental Delays
- Medically Fragile
Many years ago I acted in a film scene with Ed O’Neill, long before he took on his current role of “Jay Pritchett” in Modern Family (one of my favourite sit-coms!).