The Company

Connecting In Rhythm offers both on-site and off-site music therapy, and is also a Telehealth service provider. We provide music therapy for a diverse range of populations, with no prior music experience required.

Amy Di Nino

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

Artistic director/Conductor; Grand River Voices

Music director/Organist: Mount Zion Lutheran Church

Studied with Iwan Edwards and Marta McCarthy

Cootes Paradise; www.cootesparadiseband.ca

Principal Percussionist; Guelph Symphony Orchestra; www.guelphsymphony.com

Juror at the University of Guelph for Applied Music programme juries

Collaborative Pianist

Founder: Amy Di Nino RP, MA, MTA, ARCT, NMT

I engage in an integrative theoretical approach within my music therapy clinical practice, fusing the connection of community with music psychotherapy techniques to promote and support change, healing and quality of life. My clinical specialities are neurodiverse/dual diagnosis children, addictions/recovery and mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.).

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 Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo, 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.

Prior to opening my private practice, I provided music therapy programming 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, that was subsequently replicated at Sensity; Deafblind and Sensory Support Network of Canada). These efforts earned me the 2012 Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Ontario in the Support Staff category.

Formally ADD Music Wellness, Connecting In Rhythm was born out of the first four years of private practice, and essentially understanding how my unique education, experience and skill set can most effectively help people, and how that is also transmitted by our team members. When we connect in rhythm, the possibilites are endless!

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.

Kimberly Allred

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

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

Danna Da Costa RP, MTA, MA, BMT

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-centered methods, goals, and ethics.

Currently, I provide music therapy services to the communities of Brantford and Cambridge.  I am also the owner of Amazing Grace Music Therapy.  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 Fibromyalgia. 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

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

Len McCarthy PhD, MMT, MMus, MTA, MT-BC

Len is an accredited music therapist with a Master of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University, and also holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from York University, and Masters of Music Education from University of Toronto. He has interned at Toronto’s Baycrest Hospital and Sunnybrook Hospital, and has worked with adults and children in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph area for the past 4 years.  His clients have included children and adults with developmental delays, cognitive and/or physical impairments. His therapeutic philosophy is person-centered and strengths-based, rooted in Orff Music Therapy (a synthesis of speech. singing, movement, improvisation and drama). When working with groups, Len favours Community Music Therapy techniques that emphasize cooperation, collaboration and mutual respect.
Len also has extensive experience as a bandleader and performer (keyboard, guitar, ukulele, woodwinds), composer, record producer and teacher (at elementary, secondary and university levels).  He offers ukulele, guitar and keyboard workshops to adults and music therapists in the KW area, focusing upon popular music techniques and strategies, at Music @ Green Gables, a Kitchener music school co-founded with his wife Jennifer Stacey (an early childhood music specialist).  He is also an award-winning songwriter, selected twice by the WFMT (World Federation of Music Therapy) to compose songs for events and conferences.

Mariah Story

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.

Tiana Dick

Tiana Dick, Music therapy student intern

Tiana is a newly accepted intern to Connecting in Rhythm. She recently graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a dual degree in performance and music therapy, and a minor in psychology. She sings and plays upright bass. Her future goals include completing a masters in social work and contracting out to various medical facilities. She hopes to start her own business and to have her own music therapy interns in the future. 

Kyla Lance

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.

Markeeta Thompson

Markeeta Thompson, Music therapy student intern

I am Markeeta Thompson, a 20-year-old Barbadian, candidate for receiving a Bachelor degree in Music Therapy (BMT) in May 2020. Prior to this degree I pursued a degree in Fine Arts with music being the focus from 2015 to 2017 at the Barbados Community College. I am a classically trained vocalist, but I am also proficient on drums, piano and guitar. I have experience working with the following populations: individuals with developmental delays, Children, Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Care.

Music therapy is a clinical and evidence-based health profession, where music therapists use different kinds of musical experiences and interventions to address clinical domains such as cognitive, emotional and social. As a music therapist my goal is to meet clients where they are at and work alongside them to accomplish a variety of client-oriented goals.