One of the 32 people profiled in my book Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music was Karen Nisenson, founder of Arts for Healing, a creative arts therapy center that treats people with developmental disabilities ranging from down syndrome, autism, and Alzheimer’s through the application of music and arts therapy.
The non-profit recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. Karen raised 5 children as a single mother and somehow still managed to start this wonderful organization in New Canaan, CT. Congratulations to Karen and her staff for their success!
One of the difficulties of the Music Therapy profession is educating an often misinformed public on the exact nature of the profession. The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) has a FAQ section on their website that offers a nice plain language guide to give you a sense of the nature of music therapy, it’s applications, and how it is applied – including the certification programs.
AMTA Frequently Asked Questions web page
Also, in my interview with Karen Nisenson, Executive Director of Arts for Healing, an integrated creative arts therapy center, she discusses an example that explains the nature of music therapy and the effect that it can have on autistic patients. Listen on iTunes (PotentialofMusic.com podcast) or follow this link.
Here’s a video that gives an overview of the work of Arts for Healing, a creative arts therapy center that helps those with developmental disabilities. Executive Director and founder Karen Nisenson is one of the 32 professional I interviewed in my book.