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April 27th 2010:Kate's Voice: Children with Special Needs and Music Therapy

Laura Rutherford and Meredith Pizzi are linked by music therapy. Laura is the mother of Kate, who has multiple developmental and physical disabilities and who inspired Kate’s Voice, a non-profit group that grants music therapy programs to special-needs classrooms. Meredith, a professional music therapist, is the Founder and Director of Roman Music Therapy Services, a music therapy agency which serves children and adults with social, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, physical, and educational needs. They talk about their work in and for music therapy and how they came to be involved. They ex

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Laura Rutherford

Laura Rutherford and her husband, Mark, are the founders of Kate’s Voice -- a non-profit that grants music therapy programs to special needs classrooms. She is the mother of three children. Her oldest child, Kate, has multiple developmental and physical disabilities and inspired Kate’s Voice. Laura has seen firsthand the unique power music has to reach children with special needs. It’s her dream and vision to bring this music to as many such children as possible. To find out more about Kate’s Voice, go to www.katesvoice.org She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Arts degree in writing from Northeastern University. Besides spendin
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Meredith Roman Pizzi

Meredith Roman Pizzi is the Founder and Director of Roman Music Therapy Services, a music therapy agency which serves children and adults with social, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, physical, and educational needs. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy. She completed her music therapy internship at Alternatives for Children in Long Island, NY. Her experience includes young children with and without disabilities, and individuals of all ages with complex medical and developmental needs, such as non-verbal learners, and individuals with conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, and Williams Syndrome. She has developed an early childhood music program called
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