Annie Heiderscheit, Ph.D.
Dr. Annie Heiderscheit is the Director of Music Therapy and Associate Professor of Music, overseeing both the undergraduate and graduate music therapy programs at Augsburg University. She has nearly 20 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and almost 30 years of experience in a variety of healthcare and clinical settings.She has conducted research with clients dealing with a variety of complex mental health and medical issues. The interdisciplinary research team with which she collaborates published their National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research in the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) investigating a patient directed music intervention with mechanically ventilated patients.Dr. Heiderscheit is currently working with this research team on a recently NIH funded five-year study utilizing music listening to decrease delirium in critically ill older adults. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Great Lakes Region of the AmericanMusic Therapy Association Scholarly Activity Award and in 2020 she received the Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship Award from Augsburg University.
Dr. Heiderscheit has served as President for the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT),and as Editor of Music Therapy Today. She has served on the Executive Board of the International Association of Music and Medicine (IAMM) and serves on the Research Committee for the American Music Therapy Association. She is currently on the executive board of the International Association of Creative Arts Somatic Education (IACASE).She frequently lectures and presents internationally, nationally and regionally on her research, teaching and clinical work.
Historically individuals with autism and developmental disabilities were not afforded the same opportunities for inclusion that most of society is afforded and excluded from many educational, living, leisure and vocational opportunities in our community for a quality of life. Able ARTS Work was established in 1981 as a non-profit organization to provide inclusive services for individuals with developmental disabilities, autism and ALL people through the creative arts therapies and education, music, dance/movement, drama/theater, visual arts, media and digital arts. Over the last 39 years, Able ARTS Work has expanded to provided creative services and opportunities to the broader community including marginalized and underserved communities, youth at risk, children in a school setting and art enthusiasts throughout Southern California
Our vision and philosophy is based on A. Maslow’s human psychology of hierarchy of human needs, thus our motto “Love Before Learning. Learn for Life.” We continue to forge community partnerships in a spirit of social responsibility that are vital to our growth from corporations, businesses and community members to connect with communities to fully integrate possibilities and talents through the expressive arts to nurture and foster a spirit of inclusivity, diversity and equity changing the status quo and promoting a quality of life for all. Today we are expanding our tailor made services that are typically in-person when safe, expanding to virtual online classes pushing the needle forward to make the creative and expressive arts opportunities accessible for all.
Karen Olson, Ph.D.
Dr. Olson uses her sound healing method to help people find peace, freedom and the power to live their dreams. She draws upon a rich background of degrees, certifications, strong faith and many gifts to be able to hold a space for Divinely guided energetic answers for her clients. She is a multi-award-winning, Billboard-topping musician and composer, best-selling author, international speaker, and bio-energetic practitioner.
Karen has advanced degrees from Juilliard, Yale, and NYU. She is a violist with eight CDs, has been on the top-10 of four Billboard charts and has won multiple awards. Karen is a member of The New York Pops with regular appearances at Carnegie Hall. She has shared the stage with superstars Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli, Roger Daltry of The Who, Sarah McLachlan and many many more.
Elevation Pathways offers a variety of programs for individuals who want to learn ways to improve their mind-body-spirit health, have tools to alleviate stress, gain more clarity, improve communication skills and relationships and transform inherited negative patterns that have kept them stuck. Learn new ways to take your life to the next level and live your dreams.
The team of Board-Certified music therapists (MT-BC) at Resounding Joy Inc and MusicWorx strives to transform the health of San Diego County by using music as a therapeutic medium to effectively address physical, emotional, social, and cognitive goals. Music’s unique ability to navigate damaged areas of the brain and transcend verbal communication makes it a powerful tool in the hands of a qualified professional
ADVENTURES in RHYTHM provides the opportunity to let l you find your own grooves while playing hand drums & making REAL music along with your little ones. Holding the classroom space as a safe and supportive environment, your facilitator, Marianne Riddle offers a structured, yet flexible program - where all levels of learning are supported.
Mz. Marianne's unique family drumming circles are one of a kind rhythmic playdates - where little ones & their grown-up's explore a variety of percussion instruments, play hand drums, and experience movement through rhythmic play exercises and dances. It's not just a class for kids - grown ups also participate in making great music. Each weekly family class is unique, quality musical time with little ones while also a stress reducing opportunity for the parents and caregivers who attend.