MELANIE A. (MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT )
Raised in Nashville, Melanie has loved music and
dance as long as she can remember. Melanie is a certified Music Therapist
and also teaches voice and beginning piano.
After receiving her B.A. from Vanderbilt University, she moved to New York City and began working as a professional singer/dancer in shows and concerts throughout the US and Europe. She performed for 15 years with US Broadway National Touring Companies, Off- Broadway, in the West End of London, England and throughout Europe but eventually found her passion using music as a tool for communication and as a source of healing.
This stirred her to pursue and complete her Master's degree in Music Therapy from New York University, which she received in 2007, followed by a Post Master's training certificate at the Nordoff Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU. After completing her studies she received her New York State Creative Arts Therapy License (LCAT) and Music Therapy Board Certification) (MT-BC) and worked as a Music Therapist throughout New York City. She was most recently employed at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, providing both individual and group Music Therapy sessions for infants, children and adults with a variety of diagnoses and at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, providing Music Therapy for children with special needs.
She has experience working with individuals with a wide variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delays and Mental Retardation. Melanie also has experience working with individuals suffering from other clinical conditions such as emotional disturbance and depression.In 2016, Melanie, completed a certification course on Neurological Music therapy which focused on understanding the neurological processing of Music on the Brain and the impact of using Music therapy for addressing functional goals related to speech communication and motor rehabilitation
Melanie is married with two young daughters. She joined the staff of The Music Place and Arts Educators Group (our non-profit sister organization) when they felt called to move to the Bay Area in 2013. She currently serves as head of the Music Therapy Department. Read more about Music Therapy here.
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Actual Customer Testimonials:
"We have recommended to many of our friends. We love the place. It has totally helped our daughter to not only know the notes but to truly have fun with them! We love the teacher(s) and wish them all the very best. - " -- Happy parents
"Our daughter, Melissa, loves her music class, and she looks forward to the recitals. She's made friends and become more confident. We'd recommend the Music Place to anyone. -- Melissa's parents, Kathy & Matt, Los Gatos" .
I tell everyone who will listen about the amazing introduction to music that our daughter is getting with the Music Place. People are always amazed when a 3-year old explains that she played an oboe last week and is going to play a piccolo next week! Most importantly, our daughter can't wait for music class & asks to go every day. -- The Pace Family