Originally from the Austin area, Rebecca Faulkner is a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) who received her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from the University of Kansas in 2012. She completed her internship with Music to Grow On in Sacramento, CA where she worked with children and adults with Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and multiple other disabilities. Working with individuals with special needs has been Rebecca’s passion since she was in middle school, and now she gets the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every day doing what she loves. She is the full-time music therapist in Round Rock Independent School District as well as the owner and director of Music Therapy Services of Austin, LLC.
Rebecca specializes in working with children and adolescents with special needs, working on academic skills, language and communication, social skills, and management of behaviors. She loves every second of her job and her favorite part of being a music therapist is getting to see the progress in each and every client she works with on a daily basis while they work to reach various milestones.
She primarily plays the clarinet and is the principal clarinetist with the Central Texas Medical Orchestra (CTMO). She also has over 20 years of piano experience and 13 years of voice and guitar. Rebecca teaches adaptive and beginning lessons in clarinet, piano, and guitar.
Laura is a trumpet player hailing from Centennial, Colorado. She began playing trumpet in the fourth grade, and her love of music guided her to the University of Evansville, where she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. At her time at UE, Laura completed a year-long research project testing the validity and reliability of an early childhood music therapy assessment. Her passion lies in working in early childhood. Laura completed her internship at Able ARTS Work, a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Long Beach, California in July 2017. She became a board-certified music therapist shortly after.
Cara Hamlyn was born and raised in Comfort, TX. She began playing flute in middle school, guitar in high school, and decided to pursue music at The University of Texas at San Antonio where she graduated with a BA in music in 2013. She currently attends Texas Woman’s University where she is pursuing her Master’s equivalency degree in music therapy. She completed her internship at The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, TX working with children who had experienced trauma and abuse and their non-offending family members. She became a certified MT-BC in June 2018. Her primary instrument is flute but she also plays guitar, piano, autoharp, ukulele, and a variety of percussion instruments.
Madi is a board certified music therapist from San Antonio, Texas who received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from University of the Incarnate Word in 2020. She completed her internship at Imagine Therapies, LLC in San Antonio, where she worked with children and adults with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and behavioral and neurological disorders. Madi’s natural path to music therapy began at the age of 6 when she began studying classical piano, and grew increasingly more clear in middle school as she held assemblies, created petitions, and advocated for marginalized children. Madi’s favorite part of being a music therapist is the opportunity to support and foster the potential that people don’t even realize they have. Madi has classical training in both piano and voice, and has been teaching adaptive as well as beginner, intermediate, and advanced piano lessons for 4 years.
Dayna is a board certified music therapist and a native of the Austin area. After starting to play the clarinet in 6th grade, Dayna pursed a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Abilene Christian University with a Minor in Psychology. Always having an interest in using music to help others, Dayna then attended Texas Woman’s University where she completed her Master of Arts in Music (Music Therapy Emphasis). Dayna completed her internship with Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Houston and became board certified shortly after. As a professional, Dayna has worked with various populations such as children, teens, and adults with disabilities in individual and group settings, hospice, and memory care/older adults.
Kelly is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy and she holds an All Level Music Teaching Certificate. Kelly completed her Music Therapy Internship with Mary Rudenberg and Margarita Sims at UTMB in Galveston, Texas. Her claim to fame is that she was the first Music Therapist at The Institute for Research and Rehabilitation (TIRR) in Houston, Texas back in the early 1990’s. Kelly is very proud of that accomplishment as, now, the Music Therapy program at TIRR is world renowned. Although she was not the one that made it world renowned; she just gave it the necessary start. Kelly entered the world of public education in 1994 and, in December, retired from her 26 year career in teaching public school music/choral education (ranging from 5th grade through high school) so that she could resume her beloved Music Therapy career. Currently, Kelly enjoys working with clients that have Behavioral/Mental Health needs as well as clients with Cognitive, Social, Academic, and Physical goals. Kelly’s passion is singing and songwriting as well as playing guitar, ukulele, electric guitar, piano, and a host of percussion instruments. Her lifelong journey is about helping others find the music within by means of the music in the world.
Hello my name is Mariah Peissner. I am a board-certified music therapist who is passionate about improving clients’ quality of life through music. I am originally from southern Maryland only having recently moved down to Texas. I graduated from Ohio University with a B.A. in Music Therapy and a Minor in Psychology. In 2019 I completed my internship as a hospice music therapy intern at John Knox Village Hospice in Missouri. Currently I do contract work with Austin school districts and work with the most amazing students. My primary instrument is the cello but I also play guitar, piano, and other instruments. I have experience with various populations such as early childhood, hospice, and special education. Everyday I like to remind myself that learning never stops. As a music therapist and person I want to always be growing and moving forward.