Susan Tope, MT-BC joined the NeuroRhythm team in January 2019 as a music therapist. She has plans to move to Chicago to open a new location for NeuroRhythm, and will then become the Clinical Director of Chicago. Susan has experience with children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and a variety of other intellectual, developmental, and neurological challenges. In addition, she has worked with individuals with dementia, Parkinson’s and patients in the neonatal intensive care unit and other medical settings. She also has experience co-treating with occupational, physical, and speech therapists as well as serving on medical treatment teams.
Susan plans to specialize in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques for children and adults who have autism and a variety of other developmental, intellectual, and neurological challenges, as well as individuals in medical settings. Susan’s main instruments are oboe and English horn. She enjoys incorporating voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, and percussion instruments into her sessions.
From a young age, Susan had a strong passion for music and forming personal connections with others. When thinking about careers, she could not imagine a job that did not involve music and the opportunity to help others. After observing a music therapist during her sophomore year of high school and witnessing the positive impact of music therapy, Susan became interested in the scientific research supporting how music effects the brain. She knew that music therapy was her calling and has joyfully pursued it since. She is daily inspired by how music and genuine therapeutic relationships empower individuals to accomplish non-music goals and improve their quality of life. In addition, being able to offer emotional support to the families is rewarding.
Susan earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree from The University of Kansas in December 2018. In January 2019, Susan earned her national certification as a Music Therapist Board Certified (MT-BC) from the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Susan will obtain advanced training and a certificate in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) from the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy in March 2019.
Music Therapist Board Certified
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