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Well, hello, you!

A bit about myself:


All I really want my bio to say is that being a board-certified music therapist is my dream job.


But, in case you’d like to know more, here is the rest of it:


I have a B.A. in Communication Disorders from Truman State University and an M.A. in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa.  I’ve had the opportunity and honor to use music therapy with children, teens, and adults with communication disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  


On the side, I enjoy all things web design, photography, running with Michelle Erfurt, writing ebooks (“Children’s Songs for Therapy”, and, “Listen, Sing, Speak!”), collaborating, making videos for parents/educators/IEP teams to support what is done in direct music therapy (for transfer of skills), jogging with my pup, eating too many fried pickles, and getting lost in new cities.

Some presentations

  • Keynote Speaker at the Midwestern Music Therapy Passages conference: 2016
  • Presenter, AMTA national conference: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Presenter, PASIC national conference: 2012


Some journal publications

Family involvement in music impacts participation of children with cochlear implants in music education and music activities:


The Music Experiences and Attitudes Of A First Cohort of Prelingually-Deaf Adolescents and Young Adults CI Recipients:


Speech intonation and melodic contour recognition in children with cochlear implants and with normal hearing:


Featured in some news/media/podcasts

American Speech & Hearing Association

Austin American Statesman

Brent Dixon collaboration

Certification Board for Music Therapists

Chronicles of Ellie Bellie Bear

Donating Drummer

Great Wide Somewhere

Image A Way Foundation

Imagine Online Magazine

The Independent Clinician

Joyriding in Autismland podcast

Listen and Learn Music

Live Oak Center for Communication Disorders

Musician’s Friend

Music Therapy Kids

Music Therapy Roundtable Podcast

Music Therapy Show Podcast

Olivia SLP


Private Practice from the Inside Out

Put Me Back Together

Start a Private Practice Podcast

The Speech Stop

Today I Ate a Rainbow

Tuned In to Learning Cause for Applause Award

Urban Therapist Podcast

Well in L.A.


Some projects/organizations

  • 2017 Midwestern Region representative on the American Music Therapy Association Technology Committee
  • Created phone app for the American Music Therapy Association Midwest Conference in Omaha, 2015, and AMTA national conference, 2013
  • 2012 Texas Music Therapy State Task Force Committee
  • Music Therapy E-books  co-founder
  • Music Therapy Mailings founder
  • Music Therapy Services of Austin founder



Some photos and website designs





Years of Piano & Violin


Fried Pickles Eaten


Dog Named Jolene


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Part-Time Bejeweled Addict 0


Music Therapist // Creator // Advocate


Music Therapist with the Special School District of St. Louis. Founder of Music Therapy Services of Austin, LLC. Undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders, Master’s degree in Music Therapy.

E-books, Websites

Creator of the subscription service, Music Therapy Mailings. Co-creator of Music Therapy Ebooks. Developer of websites for educators, therapists, & professionals. E-books & Academic Journals: “Speech Intonation and Melodic Contour Recognition in Children with Cochlear Implants and with Normal Hearing“


Advocating for music therapy, an evidence-based allied healthcare profession. Engaging in conversation about the need for MT services through all facets of media: speaking engagements, conferences, newspapers, online blogs, and continuing education websites.