Kristin is the owner and therapist of Giving Song, LLC. Kristin fell in love with music the first time her dad sang to her in the hospital when she was a child. A childhood full of piano lessons and singing in church led her to the saxophone in junior high, a touring ecumenical choir in high school, and a full load of instrumental and vocal ensembles in college. Her favorite memories reside in the hours she spends singing with her family. Music has been a guiding light in Kristin's life and with that she is determined to use this love to improve the lives of others.
Kristin received her bachelors degree from Drury University in music therapy and continued a graduate degree at Colorado State University. Kristin completed further training for Neurologic Music Therapy and a fellowship through The Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University. Kristin is currently a member of the Robert F. Unkefer' Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy.
Kristin has experience working with a wide variety of populations since beginning her education and clinical work including, but not limited to: developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, geriatric population including persons with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, hospital populations (pediatrics, obstetrics, neonatal, oncology), rehabilitation, mental health (inpatient and outpatient), and behavior health.
Rachel Hickam MM, MT-BC
Rachel is a board certified music therapist with a Bachelor of Arts in music and a Master's in Music Therapy. Rachel attended College of the Ozarks for her undergraduate studies where she majored in piano and minored in percussion. She then attended Drury University to complete her music therapy equivalency and a Master's degree. Rachel attended Matheny Medical and Education Center for her internship where she worked with children and adults diagnosed with a variety of developmental and intellectual disorders. Following graduation, Rachel worked in Indiana serving children diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disorders and some elderly populations with Behavior Services and Therapy.
Rachel has experienced working with persons diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lesch-Nyhan, Down Syndrome, Wold-Herschorn, Fragile X Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, developmental disabilities otherwise not diagnosed, learning disabilities, and persons with visual and hearing impairments, to name a few.
Rachel also has experience teaching piano, accompanying choirs and individual students for recitals and performances, performing in an orchestra for musicals, performing with college and community bands, and singing in choir.
Holley Pering MT-BC
Holley is a board certified music therapist with a Bachelors degree in Art and an equivalency degree in music therapy. She attended Humboldt State University for her undergraduate training in art, concentrating in art education and minoring in music. She completed her music therapy training at Drury University, and an internship in the Lawrence Public School System, working with K-12 students with various diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, emotional and behavioral disorders, Down Syndrome, visual and hearing impairments, and other cognitive, physical, and learning disabilities.
After becoming board certified, Holley began providing music therapy and adaptive art services to children and adults with special needs in the rural communities of Southwest Missouri.
Holley also has previous experience with music and art instruction, youth programming, and has performed in college choirs and community bands. She is passionate about using music and the arts to promote learning and growth while enhancing the lives of others.
Holley will be completing her Neurologic Music Therapy training in April 2016 .