ADD Music Wellness fuses together wellness and Musicking – a philosophy that music, as a verb, is accessible to each and every person through music therapy, adaptive music education, and personal wellness. Programming for individuals and groups of any age or population, and corporate/team building are available on-site, or off-site at hospitals, long term care facilities, schools, and businesses. Serving Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Brantford, Ayr, Paris, Hamilton, Waterdown, Stratford, Woodstock, Burlington, and Oakville.
Owner and Director;
Amy Di Nino RP, MA, ARCT, MTA, NMT
I entered the music therapy profession having been exposed to a variety of music from an early age and since then, have obtained degrees, diplomas, and certificates from the University of Windsor, University of Toronto, Humber College and I completed my Masters of Music Therapy at Berklee in Boston. Based out of Kitchener, ON, I am artistic director and conductor of Grand River Voices, and music director/organist at Sydenham Heritage United Church in Brantford, ON. Additionally, I am the drummer for Cootes Paradise, a Dundas, ON blues and R&B band. As a conductor, pianist, and percussionist, I have performed with ensembles, symphonies, and as a soloist throughout North America and Europe. Additionally I am an arranger and composer, having written works for choirs, orchestra, chamber ensembles, and songs both classical and popular.
While studying with Dr. Sandi Curtis at the University of Windsor in my undergrad, I was involved in the inaugural Music Therapy in Medicine Project, which paired University of Windsor Music Therapy students with Windsor Symphony musicians to visit patients in the palliative care and oncology wards at Windsor Regional Hospital. I completed my music therapy internship at a youth detention facility, where I implemented music therapy treatment plans in conjunction with discharge documentation. Prior to opening my private practice, I worked for twelve years as the full-time music therapist at the world renowned W. Ross Macdonald School for the Visually Impaired, Blind, and Deafblind where I established many initiatives, including the WRMS Deafblind Bell Choir, and the creation of an auditory sensory room, which includes technically advanced sound walls and speakers in the specially crafted wood floor. These efforts earned me the 2012 Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Ontario in the Support Staff category. As I began implementing summer music therapy programming with the Canadian Deafblind Association in 2012, the Ontario chapter used the blueprint of my auditory sensory room to build a larger scale music sensory room in their centre.
As a registered psychotherapist, I uphold the standards put in place by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). The scope of practice of psychotherapy includes the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication.
- Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy with Internship, University of Windsor
- A.R.C.T Piano Performance & Comprehensive Theory, Royal Conservatory of Music
- Music Therapy Accredited (MTA), Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT)
- World of Hand Drumming Certification/Symphonic Percussion Workshop, Humber College
- Jazz Piano/Blues and Rock Piano Keyboard Techniques, Berklee College of Music
- Certified HealthRHYTHMS facilitator, REMO HealthRHYTHMS
- Certified Kindermusik Teacher, Kindermusik Canada
- Dalcroze Workshop Certification Course, Dalcroze Canada
- The Neuroscience of Music in Therapy/Facilitating Speech and Language Courses, CBMT Summit Music Therapy Online Courses
- Choral conducting master class with celebrated Canadian conductor Iwan Edwards, Salt-Spring Island
- CAMT Level I Internship Supervision
- Guided Imagery Level I and II
- Choral conducting master class with Marta McCarthy, President of Choral Canada
- Neurologic Music Therapist Designation – NMT
- Masters of Music Therapy at Berklee (completion May, 2018)
- Registered Psychotherapist (#007088), College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
- Accredited member (MTA) of the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT)
- Accredited member (MT-BC) of the American Association of Music Therapy (AAMT)
- Member of the Music Therapy Association of Ontario (MTAO)
- Member of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, Local 226
- Member of Choral Canada
- Member of Choir Ontario
- Member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists
Janel Morphy BMT, MTA, MT-BC, NMT
Janel owns and operates Axon Music Therapy (https://www.axonmusictherapy.com), which provides music therapy services to the City of Cambridge and private clients in the KW area. Janel graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in 2016 with a Bachelors of Music Therapy. She received Honours with Distinction and also attained a Minor in Psychology. Janel is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT).
While at WLU, Janel played trombone, piano and guitar. She completed her 1000 hour internship at Sunnyside Senior Services in Kitchener, working on long-term care and rehabilitation teams. In May 2016, Janel completed the Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) training in Toronto and now focuses on evidence-based, goal-oriented work in her sessions. She often incorporates musical and non-musical activities into sessions to achieve motor, speech and cognitive goals. Janel’s approach is often educational and is influenced by medical and neurological models of music therapy.
Currently, Janel teaches private piano lessons at Morphy Music in Cambridge. Janel incorporates classical and popular music into her lessons and often uses humour, composing, improvising and performing to inspire her students. In her spare time Janel enjoys singing in the choir “Age of Majority.”
Larissa Zoubareva BM, MA, MMT, RMT
Larissa received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Arts degree as a Piano Major from the Belarus State Academy of Music. For over 20 years, she has enjoyed a fulfilling music career as a performer, teacher and accompanist.
In 2000, Larissa established Larissa’s Studio of Piano Music in Mississauga. In 2002, she became an active member and an executive in the Etobicoke-Mississauga branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) where she received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award in 2014.
Since then, as a professional, her motto remains as, the sky is the limit as are our opportunities to improve and grow. Larissa’s experience in working with children includes not only teaching piano and accompanying but also facilitating a Meditative Music developmental program “Healing Influence of Classical Music’ created for The Art of Life Health Centre in Toronto.
Larissa’s teaching and performing experience as a pianist has given rise to many questions about the influence of music on human beings and thus inspired her to complete a Masters in Music Therapy Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2016. She is currently pursuing her musical passion as a music therapist and this experience inspired her to engage in ongoing trainings in Neurologic Music Therapy, NICU, and Music Together.
In Larissa’s clinical practice as a music therapist, she accepts the interdisciplinary nature of music therapy and she identifies with an integrative-eclectic approach using a person-centred model as a therapist, a music-centred model as a professional pianist, and a heart-centred model as a representative of the humanistic approach, which gives her a wide range of musical choices for implementing activities and allows her to be flexible in selecting methods and techniques.
Rena Yung, Music Therapy Student Intern
Rena is in 4th year, currently working towards a Bachelor of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University. Having been classically trained on the piano for 14 years, Rena is also proficient on the guitar and ukulele. The passion for music she has developed over the years inspires her in assisting her clients to achieve their individual goals, and reach their potentials. She has worked with children, young adults, and older adults with various health conditions, including; autism, dementia, and acquired brain injury. In her spare time, Rena enjoys baking various dessert items such as chocolate cookies and shortbread, and she has picked up a hobby in trying various dance classes such as Jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop, to further develop a healthy lifestyle.
Danna Da Costa RP, MA, BMT, MTA
Having worked with people across the lifespan, all with differing needs and ways of looking at the world, I have come to believe that every human being has strengths, is constantly learning, and has a voice. As a music therapist my job is to help facilitate someone’s journey to greater self-awareness and personal empowerment. For these reasons, I use an eclectic model of music therapy grounded in positive psychology, resource-oriented music therapy, and community music therapy concepts, and supported by humanistic, psychodynamic, and client-centred methods, goals, and ethics.
Currently, I provide music therapy services to the communities of Brantford and Cambridge, and I also work as a researcher, vocalist, musician, and editor. My music therapy and research work has allowed me opportunities to work with adults through community music therapy, music and wellness, and music and medicine initiatives with people receiving long-term care, palliative care, and oncology services, as well as individuals and groups with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
My journey began at the University of Windsor with my Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy, followed by my clinical internship with Fermata Music Therapy in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2014, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy Option) from Concordia University in Montreal under the tutelage of Dr. Sandi Curtis, Dr. Guylaine Vaillancourt, and Dr. Laurel Young. While there I completed my thesis: A Resource-Oriented Music Therapy Support Group for Adults Living with Fibromyalgiafrom which I am working to develop further wellness programming for those living with chronic pain. Additionally, I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). As such I collectively operate under the ethical codes and standards of practice of the CRPO and the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT).