I have been interested in music from a young age when I began playing the piano at 9 years old. Playing throughout elementary school for school and church performances, I observed how people responded favorably to music. In high school, I continued to study piano and voice and set my sights on Loyola University’s music therapy program as I began to learn more about music therapy as a career. Loyola prepared me well with wide exposure to the powers of music therapy from field studies at local facilities such as Children’s Hospital, Chateau de Notre Dame, New Orleans Rehabilitation Hospital, and Benjamin Banneker Elementary School. After becoming interested in the Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy, I moved to upstate New York in the dead of winter to complete a 7 month music therapy internship at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Center, which prepared me even further to begin a career as a music therapist.
Packing my bags once again, I headed out west to Las Vegas to begin working at the Center for Creative Therapeutic Arts, a community non-profit that provided individual and group music therapy services to adults and children in the area. During my time in Las Vegas, I also completed a Master of Science degree in Special Education and published an article in Music Therapy Perspectives based upon my master’s thesis entitled “Effects of Music Therapy on Prosocial Behavior of Students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities: A Case Study.” I taught for two years in the Clark County School District.
Missing my Louisiana home, I moved back to New Orleans in 2007 and continued working as a special education teacher for the Algiers Charter School System. Wishing to combine my experience as music therapist and as a special education teacher, I opened New Orleans Music Therapy and Music Lessons in 2012 and have poured my energy into providing the best services I possibly can for my clients in the New Orleans area.