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MELISSA SOMMERS, MM, MT-BC

CEO/Owner

Board-Certified Music Therapist #08171

Neurologic Music Therapist


Melissa Sommers became a board-certified music therapist in 2006.  She received her bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and her master's degree in Music, with a focus in Neurologic Music Therapy, from Colorado State University in 2013.  Shortly thereafter, she started Harmonic Changes (Previously known as Meli Music).

Melissa's introduction into the world of music therapy happened at a very young age.  Her youngest sister was born with a brain tumor.  Over the few years they had together, Melissa and her sister formed a very unique and strong relationship, through music.  On the toughest of tough days, Melissa quickly discovered the only way her sister would calm down was through playing piano for her.  Melissa realized she needed to start with her sister's preferred music, and wait for her to rock to the beat.  Once she was regulated and in a calmer state, then Melissa could branch into practicing her piano.  After the passing of her sister, Melissa has been passionate about using music to support others using the unique power and connection of music. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Advanced Trainings, Certifications and Memberships

NEUROLOGIC MUSIC THERAPY

February 2021

PRENATAL MUSIC THERAPY

December 2020

BIRTH MUSIC CONSULTATION

October 2020

POSTPARTUM MUSIC THERAPY

August 2020

BONNY METHOD GUIDED IMAGERY (INTERMEDIATE)

June 2018

CREATIVE ARTS BIRTHING CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR WORKSHOP

January 2018

ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC THERAPISTS

2018 - Present

GREAT LAKES REGION AMERICAN MUSIC THERAPY ASSOCIATION MEMBER

2018 - Present

MUSIC THERAPY ASSISTED CHILDBIRTH

September 2017

DIR® INTERMEDIATE PRACTITIONER

September 2014

NEUROLOGIC MUSIC THERAPY

February 2012

ICDL REGIONAL INSTITUTE DIR® LEVEL B

March 2011

WESTERN REGION AMERICAN MUSIC THERAPY ASSOCIATION MEMBER

2008 - Present

MUSIC THERAPIST-BOARD CERTIFIED

December 2006

AMERICAN MUSIC THERAPY ASSOCIATION MEMBER

2006 - Present