We at the Center for Music Therapy desire to provide the best care for our clients. That’s why we offer free screenings to assess your needs and begin moving towards reaching you and/or your loved ones goals!
Emily Morris, MT-BC / Clinical Team Lead
Favorite Color: Blue, Favorite Food: Fish Tacos & Sweet Potato Fries, Favorite Band: Arcade Fire, Dixie Chicks, and Childish Gambino
Emily is our Clinical Team Leader and enjoys working with clients of all ages and abilities. She has her specialization in Neurologic Music Therapy and serves as the Lead Music Therapist on the Movement Tracks Project, where they are combining music and technology to create new methods for rehabilitation. Her current passion lies in teaching non-music therapists how to utilize music therapy tools in their given professions.In July, Emily had the opportunity to speak at the 15th World Congress of Music Therapy in Japan on this topic and the work she has done in Cambodia. Her desire is to create a pathway for the benefits of music therapy to reach developing countries and is looking forward to the work to come!
She was born in Orlando, Florida and has lived in Florida her whole life until moving to Austin in May of 2012. Emily was brought up in a large household where the idea that it was "better to give than to receive" was truly lived out, and began serving the local community alongside her family at a young age. This led to additional work with non profits stateside as well as abroad, serving children, adolescents and adults in severely underprivileged areas.
Emily has been singing for as long as she can remember. Her grandfather was a musician and her oldest memories shared with him were sitting around the campfire singing "You can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd." She took piano lessons as a child and then began playing the banjo at age 14. Believing Emily had a gift at music, her grandfather gave her her first guitar. She taught herself how to play and began writing her own songs. She has been in multiple bands and enjoys playing live shows around town.
Emily first heard about Music Therapy as a career while in high school, and shortly after learning more, Emily knew it was how she wanted to spend the rest of her life. The thought that she could take her two greatest passions, helping others and playing music, and morph them together for a greater purpose seemed too good to be true. Emily studied Music Therapy at Florida State University, graduated in 2011, and served her internship at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a board certified-music therapist.
Eddie Konopasek, MT-BC / Therapist
Favorite Color: Green, Favorite Food: Chicago-Style Pizza, Favorite Band: Pantera
Eddie leads our team in using music as a place to find and express one's identity. He created our program "rock-n-roll" music therapy, where he leads adolescents and adults in working together to finding their voice. He loves working with children who have developmental delays, and finds innovative ways to help children and adults reach their potential socially, emotionally, and physically through music as therapy.
Eddie was born in Chicago, Illinois, performing live music all over the city since age 12. Playing both guitar and saxophone in various rock and blues bands, Eddie began taking music more seriously, and set his sights on Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He discovered music therapy at Berklee and immediately fell in love with it. Eddie served as the president of the music therapy club at Berklee, served as vice-president of the New England Region American Music Therapy Association of Students, and participated in community volunteer projects including an international music therapy service trip to Grand Cayman while in school. In addition Eddie also worked as a house guitar player for songwriters at Berklee College of Music as well as a studio guitar player in the Boston area.
He has released many recordings including two commercially released LPs, "Take Back Your Mind" with the band White Roses, and "Bones" with the band Faces In The Floor. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2011, Eddie completed his music therapy internship at Perkins School for the Blind. He also worked at the Community Music Center of Boston for two years with adults with developmental/intellectual needs and dual diagnosis, with children who have special needs, and individuals of all ages experiencing autism, special needs, and mental health challenges.
Eddie joined the Center for Music Therapy team in 2014. He believes strongly in the power of music to aid people of all ages, cultures, and ability, in their daily lives.
Tara Jamieson, MT-BC / Therapist
Favorite Color: Blue, Favorite Food: Poutine, Favorite Band: Adele and Celine Dion
Tara is the newest member of our team. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, a Board Certified Music Therapist and an alumni of the Expressive Arts and Therapies internship program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. While at CHLA, Tara specialized in working with pediatric and young adult clients and their families, particularly infants and children with multiple diagnoses.
Tara is passionate about providing all of our clients with high quality, compassionate, and client focused care; and she translates her diverse expertise to facilitate music therapy for our clients of all ages, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities. Tara was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario and when not working enjoys exploring Austin and learning about this amazing city.
Niamh Fahy, MA, MT-BC / Therapist
Favorite Color: Brown, Favorite Food: Fish and Chips, Favorite Band: Reddening West and The Hear and The Now
Niamh leads our psycho dynamic based programs supporting the emotional processes people face when living with a disability or just coping with issues life makes difficult to address through traditional verbal therapy. "Where word's fail, music speaks."-Hans Christian Anderson. She leads the Tun'd and co-leads our Amp'd classes within our Sync'd Gym program.
Niamh's passion for everything musical has been apparent since a young age. Originally from Ireland, Niamh began learning violin at the age of 4 playing both classical and Irish traditional music. Niamh was immersed in everything musical from this point on and began playing the piano at the age of 9. Niamh's love of music has afforded her the chance to work as a full-time musician, playing all over the world. For 5 years, Niamh toured consistently with Riverdance, the Irish stage show. Some of Niamh's other work includes Women of Ireland, The Dohl Foundation, II Divo, Donal Lunny, The Chieftains and Idina Menzel. Prior to moving to Austin, Niamh lived in London for 3 years where she completed a Masters in Music Therapy at the University of Roehampton. Niamh always intended on becoming a music therapist and felt that 2011 was the right time for her to embark on this path. Niamh's training background is psychodynamic in nature, where there is a strong emphasis on the inter-personal relationship between the music therapist and the client and the processes that take place within that relationship, while using music as the primary vehicle of communication. Having spent 12 months working at The Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in London, Niamh developed a strong interest in music therapy and the area of neruorehabilitation. At the hospital she worked with clients’ diagnosed with degenerative neurological illnesses and traumatic and acquired brain injuries by using music therapy to help facilitate rehabilitation of physical and emotional functions. Niamh completed a thesis as part of her Masters programme, in which she researched the effect clinical improvisation has on helping people with acquired brain injuries adjust emotionally to life with a disability. She is hoping to publish her findings in the coming years. Niamh will undertake the Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) training at the International NMT training institute in 2016. Niamh feels extremely lucky to work in a career that allows her to use her love of music and her love of working with people to create a therapeutic environment to facilitate client’s in addressing a variety of needs, physical and emotional, across the life-cycle.
Favorite Color: Beautiful Blues, Favorite Food: My Mother's Strawberry Shortcake, Favorite Band: I like a lot of different genres of music!
Rachel is our head physical therapist and leads our Sync'd Gym and Rehab Circuit Class as well as our Monday evening and Saturday physical therapy exercise class at our Health for a Song "Steppin Out! program. She is certified in PWR! intensive training for persom's with movement disorders. Rachel is an exceptional physical therapist with 10 years experience at St. David's rehabilitation as a senior physical therapist in their movement disorders program.
Cassie Shankman – Lead Composer
Cassie Shankman is an Austin-based composer/orchestrator, pianist and DJ (Cass&Ra). As a composer and orchestrator, she has been recognized for her work with film, visual artists, chamber groups, wind ensembles, apps, musicals, and music therapy technology. As a performer and DJ, she's played with legendary musicians such as jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and DEVO's frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, and has DJ'd for audiences of 3,000+ people. As a proponent for music education, Cassie is the co-founder and head of marketing for Picardy, an interactive platform for developing theory and musicianship skills.
Stephen Bartlett – Lead Engineer
An Australian music producer and engineer with 7 top ten records and charting records in 18 countries, Stephen is also the CEO and Co-Founder of The Audio Hunt, and the lead engineer and producer on the Movement Tracks Project, which explores the cutting edge of recorded music therapy development and interfaces for patients with acute Parkinson's Disease and Cerebral Palsy. If he's not in the studio, or working at The Audio Hunt, you'll likely find him with friends on a bike, climbing a cliff, or enjoying find food, wine, whiskey and cocktails.
Andrew Gonzales – Video Producer
Andrew Gonzales is Creative Digital Director and Producer at Digestible Media, with over ten years of experience offering diverse event management and marketing skills. Notable projects include: Univision, Absolut Vodka, Mike's Hard Lemonade, TEDx, Stuff The Bus, San Antonio Center City Development, CENTRO San Antonio, The Center for Music Therapy, San Antonio Better Blocks, The Austin Chronicle, Special Events, Fun Fun Fun Fest, SXSW, The Irons Austin, 98.5 The Beat, The Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, ESPN.
Hope Young, MT-BC – Founder and President
Hope Young is the founder and CEO of the Center for Music Therapy, Inc., the first and oldest for-profit music therapy facility in the world specifically designed to research and treat neurologic movement conditions and disorders through music. Ms. Young is a member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Austin’s smart city consortium (ACUP), and the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS). She is a leading global innovator and driving force behind the concept and development of merging music and biotechnologies as a health solution. Among other honors, she was a 2017 recipient of the Intelligent Health Award (IHA) for her research, patents, and the work of her Movement Tracks Project team in reducing the risk of falls and improving patients’ experience in treatment of movement disorders via the application of music.
To read more about Hope Young, please visit the founder page here.