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Brianna S. (MT-BC) is a board certified music therapist who works with children and adults with disabilities in the Southern California area. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music. Brianna received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Following her undergraduate studies, she completed a six-month music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc. in San Diego, California, under the direction of Barbara Reuer, PhD, NMT, MT-BC. While at MusicWorx Inc., Brianna worked with clients in various settings at: Glenbrook Hospice, Rady Children’s Hospital (Oncology/Hematology Unit), the Music Therapy Center of California (specializing in autism spectrum disorders), TERI Inc. (serving children and adults with various disabilities), the Scripps McDonald Center (working with substance abuse rehabilitation patients), and Scripps Memorial Hospital.
Originally from Laguna Niguel, California, Brianna studied piano under the direction of Laurie Meinhold for ten years, and the esteemed pianist, Karen Knecht while at Chapman University. While working in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brianna was awarded the Innovative Award from Ohio Choices due to her ability to “build innovative relationship and supportive networks for youth with emotional or behavioral disabilities and their families.” Brianna is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and presented on the Intern Panel at the 2010 Western Regional Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. In her free time, Brianna enjoys oil painting, going on walks, shopping and watching movies.
*** Lesson Details ***
Being trained as a music therapist, my approach to lessons may differ from an ordinary music teacher. I make sure the wants and needs of the student are addressed in every lesson. Lessons are structured and implemented by me, but the student will be able to select their own material when given choices. Things I take into consideration are: age, attention span, short and long-term goals/objectives, ability, and determination. Beginning students are recommended to use Alfred Method Books. Each lesson will focus on fundamental theory, scales and technique, and lesson and recital repertoire.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an in home studio that includes: Kawaii K-18 upright piano, classical guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. There is room for a parent to observe if they so choose.
*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained pianist and have studied piano through college. While at my previous job in Cincinnati, I taught beginning clarinet lessons, adapted guitar lessons (for people with disabilities), and piano.