Joy Givers' Words . . . .
Resounding Joy is the most mutually
enriching experience I've ever known.
Imagine a setting where you get
to do what you love with the people
you love! It is a blessing.
One man diagnosed with Alzheimer's
and autism was brought in to a session
at one of the community-based day
programs, and came alive before
my eyes. I became a believer.
It never ceases to amaze me the
unbelievable power of music and
its impact on peoples' lives. I
enjoy watching others grow from
their experience and interactions
through music and am eager to experience
this awesome involvement myself!
I wish the whole world could
have this experience.
Barbara Reuer, PhD, NMT, MT–BC
Dr. Reuer is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in music/wellness and music therapy. As founder and CEO
of MusicWorx Inc., her San Diego-based contractual and consulting agency, Dr. Reuer manages direct music therapy services to children with special needs, medical patients, and hospice patients. Dr. Reuer also facilitates groups dealing with substance abuse, eating disorders, cancer, lifestyle
change, and bereavement.
Through her international music therapy internship program, Dr. Reuer focuses her professional attention on music therapy program and job development in San Diego County. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Reuer provides wellness, community-building, stress management, and pain management workshops and
seminars for health care professionals, educators, and corporate clients
all over the world.
Dr. Reuer is a past president of the National
Association of Music Therapists and was the year 2000 recipient
of the prestigious American Music Therapy Association’s national Professional Practice Award.
As actively engaged outside her profession, Dr. Reuer has
held numerous leadership positions within her church. She supports children
in the Philippines through World Vision—Network of Caring,
and, most recently, Dr. Reuer founded a women’s investment club.
Noelle Pederson, BA, MT–BC, NICU MT
Director of Training & Education, NICU Specialist
is a board-certified music therapist and received her baccalaureate
degree from the University of North Dakota. She joined the Resounding
Joy staff in spring 2008 as the Director of Education & Training of
the "Joy Givers" volunteer program. Noelle is also the primary "Sound
Minds" program facilitator, a music therapy clinician for a variety of
populations, program development coordinator, and oversees many
Resounding Joy community music-making events throughout San Diego
County. In October 2008, Noelle represented Resounding Joy in its first
International Outreach Project: Helping Hearts with Music in Siem Reap,
Cambodia. Noelle is a skilled lecturer and presents Resounding Joy's
mission, programs, and training experiences to groups throughout the
country. After recently completing her certification to provide music
therapy services in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) through
Resounding Joy's "Healing Notes" program, Noelle is "eager to show the
NICU medical community how effective music therapy is as an
evidence-based practice with infants and their families".
Rebecca Vaudreuil, BM, NMT-F, NICU MT, MT–BC
Neurologic Music Rehabilitation & NICU Specialist
Junior Joy Giver Program
Rebecca earned her music therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. As a board-certified music therapist with a specialty in neurologic music therapy, she provides music therapy services to special needs populations throughout San Diego County. In 2009, she facilitated the first Resounding Joy Junior Joy Giver summer camp, which proved to be a great success. Rebecca has traveled to Japan and Africa to provide music therapy services in schools and orphanages.
Laura Anderson, MT–BC
Music Therapist- Board Certified, Operations Director
Laura Anderson is a board- certified music therapist and received her baccalaureate degree from University of Iowa in Iowa City and completed her internship at MusicWorx, Inc. in San Diego. She recently joined Resounding Joy as a Staff Music Therapist and Director of Operations. She offers support with fund raising, social media and program development.
Lindsay Hirata, MT-BC
Music Therapist- Board Certified
Volunteer & Social Media Coordinator
Lindsay Hirata is a board-certified music therapist and received her baccalaureate degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. She recently joined Resounding Joy as a Staff Music Therapist and also serves as the Social Marketing Coordinator. Lindsay works with the “Sound Minds” Program, facilitates therapy with a variety of populations, and continues to expand the base of volunteers and supporters in the San Diego Community.
Sandy Levin, PhD
Volunteer Coordinator Assistant
Dr. Levin retired from an academic career in education in 2003. Music therapy was an important component in helping Sandy change her lifestyle while overcoming health problems. She now devotes her time to Resounding Joy, teaches yoga classes to seniors, and creates stained- and fused-glass works of art.
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