Melanie Avery, MT-BC, Music Therapy
Melanie Avery is a board-certified music therapist who holds a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Immaculata University and a Bachelor of Science in Music from Towson University. Melanie completed her clinical music therapy internship and began her career as a professional music therapist at the Young Children’s Center for the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where she provided early childhood-based music therapy and early intervention services for students with special needs. After this, Melanie moved back to Maryland to accept a position with The Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she provided music therapy to students in an elementary school, and developed interventions which focused on improving cognitive skills, communication, social and emotional skills in students. There, Melanie also directed special music groups which focused on building musical skills of students, including a vocal choir, hand bell choir, and a drumming group. Following this, Melanie accepted a position at Linwood Center in Ellicott City, MD, where she provides music therapy to students of all ages, ranging from 6 to 21. There, she provides music therapy groups which focus on building social and communication skills, and individualized music therapy for students to address specific IEP goals in a one-on-one setting.
Melanie teaches adaptive lessons at The Music Institute in guitar, ukulele, voice, and piano, as well as music therapy rhythm instruments. Melanie’s approach to teaching focuses on students’ abilities rather than disabilities, creating an engaging and success-oriented learning environment, and making adaptions to meet the needs, strengths and preferences of each individual student.