Amy received her bachelors degree in music therapy from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. While studying at the Frost School, she received extensive training in the implementation of Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) techniques. Amy completed her music therapy internship at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, in Peapack, NJ, where she worked with children, teens, and adults with severe and profound disabilities.
Amy went on to earn her masters degree in music therapy from the University of Miami. She was selected as a graduate assistant, and supervised practicum students in a variety of settings and taught Introduction to Music Therapy. Her graduate research study, “Joint Attention Responses to Simple Versus Complex Music of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” was published in the Journal of Music Therapy in 2012.
Clinically, Amy worked at United Community Options (UCO), formerly United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Miami, from 2006 – 2013, where she provided music therapy services to children birth – age 8 with special needs and and ran the music therapy internship program. Following that, she was invited to become the Interim Professor of Music Therapy at the University of Miami for the 2013 – 2014 school year. She coordinated the clinical practicum program and taught the upper level courses, Music and Development and Music in Rehabilitation.
Amy has given numerous presentations at University of Miami and the AMTA National Conference on music therapy for children with special needs, her internship experience at Matheny, and her research.
Amy established her private practice, Wholesome Harmonies, LLC, in 2006. The practice has grown to a team of eleven board-certified music therapists providing music therapy services and adapted lessons to children and teens with special needs across South Florida.