We help hundreds of survivors heal by participating in our music therapy programs at partner agencies and shelters in St. Louis, Seattle, and New York City.
Music therapy is the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional with a therapeutic goal in mind. Music therapy can help address social, communicative, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory and spiritual needs.
We offer programming both in person as well as tele-health platforms. Due to the pandemic in 2020, we created innovative online music therapy programs to support our clients no matter what the circumstances.
We use many techniques including drumming workshops, lyric analysis sessions, music for coping and relaxation, and song writing sessions. Each music therapist consults with our agency partner to determine the best techniques based on individual client needs and goals.
We hire music therapists who have been certified by the Certification Board of Music Therapy (CBMT) which has been fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1986.
Courtney Arndt, board certified music therapist, graduated from Maryville University in 2008 and has been practicing in the St. Louis area since.
Courtney believes that every voice has dignity, value, and deserves to be heard:
"My clients often say that sexual assault has left them 'silenced.’ It is a great honor to be a part of someone’s personal journey to finding their voice using the power of music."
Emily Perna, MMT, MT-BC received her Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA in 2004 and her Masters of Music Therapy degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2015. Board certified in Music Therapy since 2005, Emily has diverse experience working for non-profit organizations with adults managing mental health disorders, addiction and trauma, homeless LGBTQ youth as well as children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her approach is strength-based and person-centered. She strives to facilitate experiences that promote personal growth, empowerment and interpersonal and community connectedness through creative music making. Emily is excited for the opportunity to align with The Angel Band Project in lifting the voices of survivors of sexual violence and creating a community that adequately honors and supports their journey.
Katie Down, (MT-BC, LCAT) is a licensed creative arts therapist, sound meditation teacher and facilitator, certified Reiki practitioner and performing musician offering listening and sound meditation classes, and training programs in music therapy and sound as well as clinical supervision. Katie received her master's degree in Music Psychotherapy at New York University with additional trauma training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and with Laurel Parnell in EMDR. Incorporating Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques, EMDR for trauma, and creative visualization, Katie provides a nurturing, grounded and open environment for opening the heart and letting go of blockages and negative patterns that hold us back from feeling connected to our higher selves and each other. She has also worked internationally in the Balkans, South Africa, and Ecuador, offering workshops in improvisation and song writing and has trained to work with immigrants and refugees with Musicians Without Borders in the Netherlands. www.soundwellcenter.com
Katie was inspired to hear of the work of The Angel Band Project and has been honored to be asked to facilitate music therapy for them. Her interest and belief in the power of music and sound to tap into our consciousness and provide a healing and grounding force for letting go of trauma has brought her to work for The Angel Band Project.
Recently regarded as “one of New York's more interesting and original artists” (New York MusicDaily), Noa Fort is an Israeli born, Brooklyn based music therapist and musician. In her work as a music therapist at the Brooklyn Conservatory ofMusic, she integrates improvisation, songwriting, song analyzing, active listening and body awareness. Fort works with a variety of populations in different settings. As a pianist/vocalist/songwriter/improviser, she is active in the Jazz and improvised music scenes in NYC and regularly performs in the US as well as internationally.
Fort is excited to join The Angel Band Project as she believes in the power of music to support one’s journey to health, as well as its power to promote social change.
Tracie Sandheinrich, MA, PLPC, MT-BC received her Bachelorof Science in Music Therapy from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO in 2008and her MA in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University in Belleville,IL in 2018. Board certified in Music Therapy since 2008 and co-owner, leadmusic therapist and Director of Clinical Services/Development of Music TherapySt. Louis, a private music therapy practice. Tracie has vast experience workingwith children facing cancer and blood disorders (Maryville University’s KidsRock Cancer since 2009 and program development, neurological rehabilitation(NMT trained and leads a choir for the ABC Brigade whose members have beenaffected by stroke/aphasia), geriatrics (Alzheimer’s and dementia), palliative/hospicecare, mental health, and grief/loss/bereavement. While Tracie manages and oversees employeesand clinical programming through Music Therapy St. Louis, she will also join adjunct faculty atMaryville University in the fall 2021. She iscurrently completing her counseling supervision hours for professionallicensure. Tracie has been a long-time “roadie” for Angel Band and is humbledto join the team of therapists to support survivors.
Nadine Cadesky, PhD, MTA, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist with 26 years of clinical experience. She received her PhD in music therapy from Temple University and is a Fellow in the Bonny method of guided imagery and music. Nadine has extensive experience doing music therapy with a wide variety of clients, including those living with acute and chronic mental health issues, complex grief, a history of intimate partner and sexual violence and other forms of trauma, vicarious trauma and workplace stressors, substance use, and homelessness; persons dealing with gender and identity issues; persons with HIV/AIDs, ALS, Huntington’s disease, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses; and persons at end of life. She also facilitates support groups for staff working with survivors, incarcerated people, and ex-prisoners. She is honored to be a part of the Angel Band Project, and to walk the path of healing with survivors in crisis and the staff who support them.
Aurielle Macchi received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Missouri State University in 2017 and has since been working towards her Master of Music Therapy at Maryville University. Music is one of Aurielle’s greatest joys in life; she is honored to be able to unite her love of music and passion for music therapy with such an important cause.
Sarah Michaelis, board certified music therapist, graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor of arts in music studies in 2013 and completed her master of music therapy at Maryville University. Sarah has worked with a variety of clients including children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults with neurodegenerative diseases, and individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Currently, Sarah provides music therapy services to adolescents and adults experiencing acute crises in an inpatient psychiatric hospital in addition to her work with The Angel Band Project. Sarah strives to provide clients with a safe space to explore and express thoughts and feelings while improving emotional, mental, and physical wellness through interactive musical experiences.
Sarah chose to work with The Angel Band Project because the voices of survivors deserve to and must be heard and amplified.
Natalia Alvarez-Figueroa MMT, MT-BC
Natalia is a music therapist who resides in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Masters in Music Therapy in May 2015 from the Boyer School of Music and Dance at Temple University. She was board-certified as a music therapist in 2013, and received an Outstanding Achievement Award in Music Therapy at her graduation. Prior to attending Temple University, Natalia attended the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. She is Founder and therapist for Resilient Rhythms, which provides bilingual trauma-focused music therapy services, Natalia is also an Individual therapist at Nationalities Services Center in Philadelphia, providing services for immigrant population survivors of human trafficking, torture and domestic/intimate partner violence.
If you are a survivor of sexual or intimate partner violence and are 18 years of age or older, please click on the “Contact Us” button below. Our music therapy coordinator will then contact you to complete the application process and advise you of upcoming workshops in your area.Contact Us
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