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Rebecca Faulkner, MT-BC // Therapist and Owner of MTSA, LLC

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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 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 primarily plays the clarinet and is the principal clarinetist with the Central Texas Medical Orchestra (CTMO). She also has over 15 years of piano experience and 7 years of voice and guitar. Rebecca teaches adaptive and beginning lessons in clarinet, piano, and guitar.



Laura Silvestain, MT-BC

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.

Ashley Arner-Kneer, MT-BC

Born in Denver, Colorado, Ashley and her family moved to the Austin area while she was in middle school. She has loved music all her life and decided to make a career of it in her sophomore year of college. Ashley received her degree in music with a minor in psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, and her degree in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She completed her internship in Shawnee, OK working in juvenile corrections at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center. She became a certified MT-BC in 2018. Her primary instrument is voice, but Ashley also plays many instruments including the piano, guitar, ukulele, autoharp, and various forms of hand percussion.

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