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 in 2018. 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, currently completing Level III
- Choral conducting master class with Marta McCarthy, President of Choral Canada
- Neurologic Music Therapist Designation – NMT
- Masters of Music Therapy at Berklee (completion June, 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
Kimberly Allred MMT, MTA
Kimberly (Kim) has received an Honours Bachelor of Music and Masters degree of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University. Being born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo Kim has been lucky to perform with various church, community and professional choirs, operas and musical theatre performances throughout the region before relocating to London, ON in the summer of 2018. Kim considers voice her primary instrument but is also proficient on guitar, piano and ukulele.
As a music therapist, Kim has experience working in child and adolescent mental health, children and adolescents with developmental and cognitive disabilities, adolescent mothers, newcomers to Canada, traumatic brain injury, and aged care including grief, depression, isolation, trauma and dementia care.
Kim has completed additional training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (Level 1 practitioner) and Neurologic Music Therapy. Kim has grown her verbal counselling skills through Wilfrid Laurier social work professional development trainings in At-risk Youth, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for groups and individuals.
Music has always served as a safe and supportive place for Kim. That feeling paired with a love for customer service and making connection with others inspires Kim daily in her clinical work. Kim believes that music therapy as a profession is limitless and is constantly seeking ways to expand her clinical methods and experience.
Junie Baek MMT, MTA
A lyric soprano, Junie Baek, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Specialized Honours in Classical Voice Performance from York University in 2017, where she studied with Canadian soprano, Stephanie Bogle. Junie was a soprano soloist in several works, including Bach’s St. John Passion and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, as well as in solo ensembles in performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Ottawa Bach Choir in 2015. Junie has performed in Germany, South Korea, as well as Canada. Junie is also an inspiring instructor. With over 6 years of teaching experience, Junie is currently working as a voice, piano, and theory instructor at Long and McQuade Lesson Centre. Junie completed a Master of Music Therapy degree (MMT) at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has gained clinical experience working with various populations including: individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Alzheimer’s, dementia, anxiety, depression, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Junie will be working towards the accreditation from the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Danna Dacosta 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 someoneâ€™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:Â 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).
Trevor Dalton BMT
Trevor received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier in 2019 and completed his internship with ADD Music Wellness. He gained experience working in palliative care, adult mental health, with office staff and with the deaf-blind population. He continues to provide music therapy with each population while carrying out receptive-music therapy research at the Juravinski Cancer Centre with ADD Music Wellness.
Trevor uses an integrative, humanistic approach focusing on client-preferred and resource-oriented music therapy. He focuses on helping people realize the emotional bond we have with music and how we can use it to empower us and achieve emotional goals. Trevor is also currently studying his Master’s in counselling psychology through Yorkville University.
In his free time, Trevor enjoys figure skating, teaching piano, and playing the oboe. Music has been a major part of his life since he was young, and he is always searching for ways to grow musically in his work and personal life.
Len McCarthy PhD, MMT, MMus, MTA, MT-BC
Mariah Story BMT, MTA
Mariah is an Accredited Music Therapist earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2019. She completed her music therapy internship at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, Ontario, where she honed a person-centered, resource-oriented, and humanistic approach to music therapy in a mental health setting. Her clinical experience extends to children and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities and long-term care. She is also as an adapted music teacher through KiJengle Inclusive Music Education & Music Therapy, teaching piano, guitar, and ukulele to a variety of students with exceptionalities.
As a practicing music therapist, clinician, and teacher, Mariah strives to challenge and upend systems that perpetuate discrimination and stigma. She is passionate about empowering others with musical tools in order to reinforce growth and restore agency. Mariah’s work embraces the holistic effectiveness of music, recognizing its impact on emotional, psychological, and physiological well-being.
Kyla Lance, Music therapy student intern
Kyla has always been intrigued by the profession of Music Therapy. She is currently finishing her Bachelors of Music Therapy (BMT) at Wilfrid Laurier University and has studied with Dr. Colin Lee, Dr. Cheryl Jones, Dr. Sara Klinck, and Dr. Rebekah Jordan-Miller. She has received vocal training from Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Marianne Bindig. She has taken university courses that specialize in musical skills, theory, the history of music, music education and psychology. Kyla was on team Canada for the Internation Presentation of Performers in Los Angles and has won first in the Norfolk Talent Competition. Kyla has been writing music since she was a child. Kyla has written music for different genres including pop, country, folk and classical. She has also written an EP CD titled Kyla Lance. Kyla has experience working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Acquired Brain Injury, Dementia (ABI), Alzheimer’s and dementia.