• Stephanie

    Stephanie Johnson

    MT-BC

    Founder of Music Speaks

  • Laura F

    Laura Fehr

    MT-BC, DT

    Service area: Quad Cities, Northeast Iowa, Western Illinois

  • Katharine

    Katharine Sherman

    MT-BC

    Service Area: Western Iowa and Des Moines, Iowa

  • Leanne

    Leanne Shradel

    MT-BC

    Service area: East Central Iowa

  • Christina

    Christina Whipple

    MA, MT-BC

    Service area: All of Music Speaks

  • Erin

    Erin Freund

    DM, MM, MT-BC

    Service Area: Chicago, IL

  • Mikayla

    Mikayla Cota

    MT-BC

    Service Area: Waterloo, IA and surrounding areas

  • Genevieve

    Genevieve Baer

    MT-BC

    Service Area: Charlottesville/Richmond, Virginia

  • Alyson

    Alyson Krapfl

    MT-BC

    Service area: East Central Iowa

  • Laura S

    Laura Seibert

    MT-BC

    Service area: Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • Tyanne

    Tyanne Mischnick

    MME, MT-BC

    Service area: Western Iowa, Omaha

  • Marah

    Marah Stefanisko

    MT-BC

    Service area: Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas

  • Kelsey

    Kelsey Lownds, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT

    Development Associate

    Service Area: All of Music Speaks

  • Jana

    Jana Fredricks

    BS in Business Management

    Service Area: All of Music Speaks

  • Lucy

    Lucy Sedor-Franzak

    MT-BC

    Service area: Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas

  • Janene

    Janene Harper

    MT-BC

    Service area: Des Moines, Iowa

  • Justina

    Justina Albright

    MT-BC

    Service area: Des Moines, Iowa

  • Maria

    Maria Meeds

    MT-BC

    Service area: Fresno, California and surrounding area

  • Brooke

    Brooke Moeller

    MT-BC

    Service area: Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area, Iowa

  • Jenny

    Jenny Cook

    MM, MT-BC

    Service area: Chicago, Illinois

  • Maggie

    Maggie Brown

    MT-BC

    Service area: Dixon, Rockford, & Sterling, Illinois

  • Marisa

    Marisa Hahn

    MT-BC

    Service area: Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas

  • Michelle

    Michelle Chou

    MT-BC

    Service area: Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding area

  • Katie

    Katie Suddarth

    MT-BC

    Service area: Des Moines, Iowa Area

  • Anna Lise

    Anna Lise Filippone

    MT-BC

    Service area: Fresno, California and surrounding areas

  • Sarah

    Sarah Mitchell

    MT-BC

    Service Area: All of Music Speaks

  • Meghan

    Meghan Westphal

    MA, MT-BC

    Service area: Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding area

  • Abigail

    Abigail Pabst

    MT-BC

    Service area: Chicago, Illinois

  • Rachel

    Rachel Black

    MLIS

    Service Area: All of Music Speaks

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About Music Speaks

“Making music your medicine”

Music Speaks, LLC was founded in 2009 with the intent to serve and educate communities on the research-based health profession of music therapy. As the practice has grown, so has Music Speaks, but our goal remains the same: providing music therapy to enhance the health, function and well-being of each client.

The ‘Music Speaks’ name was created to capture one of the many benefits of music therapy: communication. As music is known as a universal language, our board certified music therapists use the power and versatility of that language to improve communication both verbally and non-verbally. ‘Where words fail, music speaks.’

Read more about our services here…

Meet the therapists

All of our therapists are highly-qualified, board certified music therapists.

Stephanie Johnson, MT-BC
Founder of Music Speaks & Chief Executive Officer
Board Certified Music Therapist
Neurologic Music Therapist-Fellow
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks
  • Expertise population: Dementia, hospice, older adults
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, hand drums 
Christina Whipple, MA, MT-BC
Development Director
Board Certified Music Therapist
Neurologic Music Therapist
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Music Therapist
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks
  • Expertise population: ASD, hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Master of Arts in Music Therapy — University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, violin, ukulele, frame drums, Native American flute, autoharp
Tyanne Mischnick, MME, MT-BC
Operations Director
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks, direct therapy in Southeast Nebraska
  • Expertise population: Special education, adults with intellectual delays, older adults
  • Music Therapy degree: Master of Music Education/Music Therapy—University of Kansas; Bachelor of Arts in Music with Psychology Minor—University of Nebraska
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, percussion
Abigail Pabst, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Chicago, Illinois
  • Expertise population: Older adults, children with disabilities, pediatrics
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and Psychology — University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, ukulele, piano, percussion
Alyson Krapfl, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: East Central Iowa
  • Expertise population: Older adults and children with disabilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy — University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, flute 
Anna Lise Filippone, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Fresno, California and surrounding areas
  • Expertise population: Patients with traumatic brain injury, adult psychiatric, children of all abilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy — Radford University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, trumpet, and percussion 
Brooke Moeller, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area, Iowa
  • Expertise population: Older adults, dementia
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Education with Music Therapy— Wartburg College
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, piano, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, guitalele, percussion
Erin Freund, DM, MM, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
Neurologic Music Therapist
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Music Therapist
  • Service area: Chicago, Illinois
  • Expertise population: Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Equivalency in Music Therapy – University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, harp, percussion
Genevieve Baer, MT-BC
Senior Music Therapist
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks, direct therapy in Charlottesville/Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas
  • Expertise population: Traumatic brain injury patients, neonatal
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Florida State University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, hand percussion
Janene Harper, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Expertise population: Children of all abilities, medical, palliative
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—Colorado State University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, ukulele, percussion
Jenny Cook, MM, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Chicago, Illinois
  • Expertise population: Older adults, dementia
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Therapy & Vocal Performance (Piano Minor) — Michigan State University; Master of Music – Michigan State University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano
Justina Albright, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Expertise population: Older adults, dementia, and adult mental health
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music – Music Therapy—Wartburg College
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, ukulele, voice, flute, piano, percussion
Katie Suddarth, MT-BC
Senior Music Therapist
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks, direct therapy in Des Moines, Iowa area
  • Expertise population: Hospice, older adults, and children with disabilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, ukulele, voice, piano, percussion
Katharine Sherman, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Western Iowa and the Des Moines, Iowa area
  • Expertise population: Older adults, hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy – University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, Hapi drum, trumpet, percussion
Kelsey Lownds, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT
Development Associate
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks
  • Expertise population: Pediatrics, children with disabilities, medical
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Music – Centre College; Master of Music in Music Therapy – University of Kentucky
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, ukulele, percussion
Laura Fehr, MT-BC, DT
Senior Music Therapist
Board Certified Music Therapist
Developmental Therapist
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks, direct therapy in Quad Cities, Northeast Iowa and Western Illinois
  • Expertise population: Young children including toddlers, preschools and early school-aged, and older adults in memory care, hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with minor in psychology —University of North Dakota
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, hand percussion
Laura Seibert, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Dubuque, Iowa/Galena, Illinois and surrounding areas
  • Expertise population: Adults and children with disabilities, dementia, hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Therapy– Maryville University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, percussion
Leanne Shradel, MT-BC
Senior Music Therapist
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: East-Central Iowa
  • Expertise population: Older adults, hospice, children of all abilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—Illinois State University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, keyboard, percussion
Lucy Sedor-Franzak, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Richmond, Virginia and surrounding area
  • Expertise population: Older adults and hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with Psychology Minor — Seton Hill University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, and percussion
Maggie Brown, MT-BC
Senior Music Therapist
Board Certified Music Therapist
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Music Therapist
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks, direct therapy in Dixon/Sterling/Rockford, Illinois
  • Expertise population: Individuals with intellectual disabilitiesneonatal/medical, behavioral health
  • Education: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy – Western Illinois University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, and percussion
Marah Stefanisko, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas
  • Expertise population: Oncology hospital, Parkinson’s, children of all abilities, adolescents and adults with eating disorders, and hospice
  • Education: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy – University of Georgia
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, oboe, ukulele, and percussion
Maria Meeds, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Fresno, California and surrounding areas
  • Expertise population: Pediatrics, children of all abilities
  • Education: Bachelor of Music Therapy – Eastern Michigan University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, and hand percussion
Marisa Hahn, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Richmond, VA and surrounding areas
  • Expertise population: Hospice, older adults
  • Education: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with Minor in Psychology – Cleveland State University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, ukulele, piano, and percussion
Meghan Westphal, MA, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding area
  • Expertise population: Medical, hospice/palliative, behavioral health
  • Education: Master of Arts in Music Therapy—The University of Iowa; Bachelor of Arts in Music—The University of Missouri Kansas-City
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, percussion
Michelle Chou, MT-BC
Technology Assistant
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding area
  • Expertise population: Hospital setting, children of all abilities, adolescents with eating disorders, dementia, Parkinson’s, hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, ukulele, percussion
Mikayla Cota, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Waterloo, Iowa and surrounding area
  • Expertise population: Older adults and adults with disabilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—Wartburg College
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, piano, ukulele, drums, hand percussion
Sarah Mitchell, MT-BC
Development Associate
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks
  • Expertise population: Older adults, adult psychiatric
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Florida State University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, piano, percussion
Angela Nelson
Accounts Receivable Administrator
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks
  • Healthcare experience: Caring for children and adults with cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and other mental and physical disabilities. Researcher for the VA and the University of Iowa in Immunology and Infectious Disease.
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Genetics—Iowa State University
  • Music Talents: Experience playing clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone
Jana Fredricks
Executive Assistant
    • Service area: All of Music Speaks
    • Experience: Working with Executive teams, problem solving, effective communication, decision making, technology implementation, strategy mapping, and event organization. Additionally, experience in HHA/PCA work with older adults and volunteering at a local nursing home.
    • Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Business Administration– Rasmussen Business College
    • Music Talents: Voice and experience playing trumpet
Rachel Black, MLIS
Information Architect
Human Resources Director
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks
  • Experience: Community engagement, organization of resources, reference and research experience, website content, and program planning.
  • Education: Bachelor of English, Master of Library & Information Science – University of Iowa
  • Music Talents: Voice and piano