A native Hoosier, I grew up in a musical family, learning that music is for everyone, and touches all aspects of life. A graduate in music therapy from the University of Kansas, I completed my internship and worked as a music therapist in Southern California, serving the needs of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and traumatic brain injury. My clients and I worked together to strengthen motor, communication and socials skills through the playing of instruments, movement, singing, songwriting and improvisation.
I have always loved singing, and feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform in opera, musical theater and concert in Los Angeles, Oklahoma, New York/New Jersey, and the Chicago area. While in Chicago, I taught vocal music at Trinity International University. My music therapy training was excellent preparation for the vocal studio, as I felt prepared to craft musical activities that were supported by research and based upon individualized goals and objectives.
After a move to the Indianapolis area in 2015, I’ve come full circle. Here I am, “Back home again in Indiana,” sharing music that makes a difference with Meaningful Day Services!