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Meet Your Music Therapist

Let me introduce myself. My name is Olga and I am a Board Certified Music Therapist and a music educator. It feels natural for me to be both at once. In my understanding, therapy and education have many things in common. Teachers are striving to impart knowledge, wisdom and skills so their students would eventually become the best they can be. Therapists are striving to enable the individuals to live optimally functional and satisfying lives. The essence of both professions is to envision that zone of proximate development of the other and to empower the individual to be more that what he or she is now.

How does music fit into this? It is now a scientific fact that music has incredible developing and healing power. Music appeals to the very core of human beings because it is inherent to us: a human brain is a musical brain. That’s why music is a fine tool for molding a young person’s mind and soul, and for remedying emotional wounds, restoring physical health and improving quality of life.

As a music therapist, I am a firm follower of humanistic/existential philosophy. In terms of methodology, I believe in integrative practical approach because every individual is unique: the technique that worked for one person may not work for the other. I believe that music therapists need very diversified tool kits for their practice. That is why, as a music therapist, I am constantly learning.


My education:

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, IN, USA // Master of Arts (MA), Music Therapy/Therapist

Chapman University // Equivalency of Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Music Therapy/Therapist

Institute of Regional Education Development, Yekaterinburg, Russia // Master’s degree, Applied Psychology in System of Education

Nizhnii Tagil State Institute of Education, Nizhnii Tagil, Russia // Bachelor’s degree, Pedagogy and Methods of Education


My experience:

I have extensive experience (20 years) of working with children with unique educational needs (ASD, Down syndrome, learning and developmental disabilities) and substantial experience (9 years) of working with elder populations (Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, stroke and other neurological disorders). I have some experience with geriatric psychiatric clients, profound multiple developmental disabilities, and hospice.


Specialized training:

The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy // International Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute

Therapeutic Arts Institute, IN, USA // The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (Level I)
Strength-Based Improvisation (Level I)


My current private practice:

Maximum caseload—10 cases (individual and group)

Supervising volunteers

Administrative duties

Teaching responsibilities—full time


My academic interests:

Cultural psychology; psychology of immigration; self-awareness of a therapist; nature of creativity; musical education and creativity; nature of self-development


My publications:

Response to The Cultural Integrity of a Music Therapist in Analytical Music Therapy-Oriented Supervision (AMTOS)

In Voices: A Forum for Music Therapy, July 24, 2013