OUR MUSIC THERAPISTS
Melanie May Po Acosta
Melanie May Po Acosta is a Board-Certified Music Therapist. She earned a Masters Degree in Music Therapy from NYU, a BA in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University and is licensed in Creative Arts Therapy in New York State. She holds a Post-Master's Level I Advanced Training Certificate from the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy is is currently pursuing her Level 2 certificate. She has also completed the certification in Neurological Music Therapy from The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy.
She moved to the Bay area in 2013. Melanie has provided music therapy services for children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with a variety of developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum disorders, Mental retardation, Cerebral palsy, and Emotional disturbance. She also worked in a New York City based research project at the Beth Israel Medical Center investigating the use of wind instruments on children and adolescents diagnosed with asthma. Melanie is a member of the American Music Therapy Association, Certification Board of Music Therapists, Actor's Equity Association, Screen Actor's Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Melanie came into the music therapy field after 15 years of experience as a professional singer, bringing with her a deeply rooted philosophy and belief in the power of music as a form of communication and as a tool to form healthy physical, emotional and spiritual connections. She has a music-centered approach to music therapy and incorporates aspects of music, performing and creative arts expression.
Amanda Aaronian is an excellent musician with a heart for helping others with her musical gifts. After completing her BA in Music with a piano concentration at UC Santa Cruz, she completed her Masters degree in Music Education for Music Therapy (MME) and is wonderfully capable of fulfilling both of these roles at The Music Place.
She began learning piano at the age of nine and subsequently learned the guitar and ukulele. Although classically trained, she also loves playing more contemporary music. In addition to serving as a music therapist and adaptive music teacher for those with special needs, she teaches piano, guitar, and beginning ukulele. Her hobbies include improvising music, writing songs, Japanese anime, and traveling.
Amanda's teaching style is fun-loving yet strong, patient, and intuitive. She has a natural gift as a teacher and therapist, and is not afraid of the most challenging clients. She sees each student or client for their unique perspectives, capturing and and building upon their hearts for music, and inspiring musical and emotional growth.