Board-Certified Music Therapist
Exceptionally driven and charismatic, Hannah delivers an inviting therapeutic presence to those she connects with in her work and makes sure it’s enjoyable and engaging in the process. We look forward to seeing what Hannah can do for you and your loved one through our music therapy services!
Hannah joined the Alliance Music Therapy team in August 2021. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychological Science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. While she was in her undergraduate program, she learned about the profession of Music Therapy while researching careers in music and psychology upon which she shadowed a music therapist for a day. From there, this experience ignited a passion to make Music Therapy a career, and she went on to complete her Music Therapy Master’s Equivalency at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods while living in Melbourne, Australia. Hannah completed her supervised six-month internship training at Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.
Since becoming a Board-Certified and Registered Music Therapist, Hannah has provided direct services for individuals across the lifespan with incredibly diverse needs and interests. She has specifically worked with children and adults with Autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities and older adults with Dementia and in aged care. In working with clients, she uses her primary instrument, voice, along with piano, guitar, and ukulele. She loves to find the opportunities music therapy provides – from client self-expression to personal growth to creativity and connection.
Alongside her clinical experiences, Hannah has also been a resourceful advocate and initiated community outreach endeavors during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. In New Zealand, she maintained client sessions remotely through telehealth, collected data, established and managed Facebook support groups for families, encouraged client-family communication, and coordinated weekly live and recorded videos.
Although she has trained and worked on the other side of the world, Hannah is originally from New Ulm, Minnesota. She grew up singing in choir and playing the piano and currently enjoys cooking/baking, hiking and being in nature, and continuing to make music.
It was clear to see
the attraction that her warm demeanor and motivating musical interventions held for her clients, a
situation that was replicated whether she was providing sessions for school age children with
developmental disabilities or in schools or Dementia day programmes.
- Site Clinical Director