Meredith Hamons (B.S. Music Therapy, 2007) A board-certified music therapist, Meredith uses her broad-based clinical training to create effective, customized treatment approaches, both in individual therapy and group programming. Her ability to connect with clients and to apply her knowledge of diverse models of music therapy through creative and engaging interventions is the hallmark of her clinical work.
Though Meredith started in music at the age of five studying classical piano under the direction of her mother, she was more intrigued and motivated by the power of music to move people and touch lives. Seeking a field that combined her love of people and her love for music, Meredith pursued a degree in music therapy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on a full tuition academic scholarship.
After graduating summa cum laude, Meredith relocated to Austin, Texas and completed her training at the San Antonio State Hospital as a music therapy intern, before receiving her board certification in early 2008. Meredith received additional training in neurologic music therapy (NMT) from the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University in 2011.
With a commitment to compassion and excellence, Meredith founded North Austin Music Therapy in 2010 to expand possibilities for children to seniors through the power of music. She has extensive experience in providing on-going individual treatment to diverse clients of all ages and facilitating both large and small groups. She also has created and developed several unique music therapy based programs. In addition to designing and implementing effective treatment plans in meeting a wide range of cognitive, emotional, and physical needs, Meredith is experienced in creating customized treatment approaches based in the behavioral, neurological, improvisational, and psycho-social therapeutic models.
In addition to her clinical work, Meredith is also gaining recognition as a presenter and author. Recent speaking engagements include the Texas Parent to Parent State Conference in 2010, 2011, and 2014, the Brain Injury Association of Texas State Conference in 2011, the National Music Therapy Conference in 2009, 2011, and 2013, and the Saint David's Foundation Health's Angels in 2015. In 2014 she taught continuing education courses in music therapy at both the Regional and National Music Therapy Conferences and also led an online seminar through musictherapyed.com.
Meredith's first book, Musically Engaged Seniors was published in October, 2013 and her second book, Music, Memory, and Meaning, was published in August, 2017..
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