Marion is a Music Therapist – Board Certified, and has been a Fellow of the Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy, with more than 11 years of clinical experience. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Neurologic Music Therapy at Colorado State University, and is a mezzo-soprano who also plays the guitar, violin, piano, viola, bass, percussion, various world instruments, and various stringed instruments.
She has extensive knowledge in music composition, theory, and history, and is skilled in improvisation, arrangement, teaching, and conducting. Her clinical experiences have taken place in Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, Alabama, and Florida, working with a broad range of populations including individuals diagnosed with neurodegenerative diseases, post-storke rehabilitation, children and adolescents with exceptional needs, and adults with mental health diagnoses. Her research has involved investigating rhythm’s effects on motor function in Parkinson’s disease.
Marion was born in Venezuela, is fluent in Spanish and English and is able to communicate in French at an intermediate level. She performs Japanese drumming with Tampa Taiko and is the lead singer/instrumentalist in her band (Thrift Store Revolution). She teaches violin and music classes to the homeschool community, is one of the directors of The Alliance for the Pursuit of Knowledge, Inc (a non-profit with the mission of providing affordable learning opportunities to the community), and homeschools her daughter with a multi-sensory expressive arts approach.
She has extensive training, education, and experience developing individual and group programming that maximizes the benefits of the arts in all areas of learning, development, and rehabilitation. She has provided direct clinical supervision to university students studying to become Music Therapists, and in 2017 developed the first internship program at creativeLEAPS as an affiliate of St. Mary of the Woods College. She is able to engage children and adults of all levels of ability, taking into account their individual differences and unleashing the creative being within everyone with whom she comes into contact.
Chris is a Music Therapist from St. Mary of the Woods College. He was born in New Jersey, but has been living in the Tampa Bay area since 2004 when he began his music education at the University of South Florida. He received his Bachelors and Masters in Music in Vocal Performance, focusing on Opera and Classical Cross-over. He has performed internationally, is an active voice instructor, and performs regularly for the St. Petersburg Opera Company, Klassica, and St. Mary Lady of Grace Church. Chris’ clinical experiences have ranged from working with young children with Autism, adolescents and adults with mental health diagnoses, older adults diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and other clinical populations.