Melanie, MT-BC, MA, NMT


Melanie 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, MT-BC, MMA

Amanda A.

Amanda 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.

Melody, MT-BC, MA, NMT


Melody is a patient and caring soul who truly loves working with children. She grew up in China and has played the guzheng (also known as the Chinese zither) since the age of 9. She earned a bachelor's degree in music performance from the Xi'an Conservatory of Music.

Melody went on to earn a master's degree in music therapy from Colorado State University, and then became board certified in music therapy in 2013. While in college, she was a recipient of a national scholarship award and performance competition award.

With constant encouragement and systematically planned, succinct lesson structures, Melody works steadfastly to help her student-clients focus on and achieve their goals.

Lynnelle, BM, MA

Lynnelle B.

Lynnelle enjoys working with clients in a variety of musical mediums during her music therapy sessions. she began her professional career as a musician performing throughout the Bay Area and U.S. Her musical career has been diverse and challenging including:

  • being a charter member of the San Francisco Youth Symphony;
  • performing with the Monterey Pops Orchestra;
  • touring with a jazz trio around the country;
  • being a member of the conducting class at Tanglewood (the Berkshire Music Festival);
  • attending invitation only workshops and classes at Curtis Institute and Carnegie Hall; and
  • serving as a delegate to the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music

Lynnelle has led orchestras, choirs, seminars, master-classes, and tours. She founded and served as Artistic Director of the SpiritMusik Concert Series and currently serves as the Director of Music at the Congregational Church of San Mateo, UCC. She received her BM in Music History with minors in Western Civilization and Art History at SFSU and an MA in Orchestral Conducting from the Lamont School of Music at DU, studying under master teachers Vince LaGuardia and Dr. William R. Ward. She has been studying Music Therapy at University of the Pacific at their San Francisco campus in pursuit of her MTBC license, and is currently serving her internship in Music Therapy at The Music Place.