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
Executive Director
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

Noelle 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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