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Bill Murray, BMT, MA (Leadership)

William (Bill) Murray has been a practicing Music Therapist for 10 years, specializing in paediatrics working with children and youth (1 to 25 years of age) with special needs. Throughout his career, Bill has developed, implemented and evaluated Music Therapy programs for not-for-profit organizations across Southern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area. Bill has provided high-quality and well-referred Music Therapy programs to organizations such as ErinoakKids, the Toronto District School Board, The Canadian Mental Health Association and the Region of Peel.

Bill Murray holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Guelph (2011), and an Hounours Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree (Minor in Psychology) from the University of Windsor (2003). In addition to his clinical experience, Bill has over 15 years experience teaching a variety of proficiency levels of voice, guitar, piano and drum instruction.

Bill is the co-founder of an annual music festival – Low Key Festival – and has been involved with various volunteer and fundraising initiatives since 2005, helping to raise over $50,000 for charities such as ErinoakKids and Community Living. Bill has recently been named to the planning committee of the 2014 National Music Therapy conference in Toronto, ON.

As Director and Lead Clinician for Accent Music Therapy, Bill is committed to providing industry-leading care. His commitment to his clients inspires a company committed to providing excellent care, expanding treatment innovation and contributing to the growth of the Music Therapy community.

Bill can be reached at bill@accentmusictherapy.com

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Grace Hunte, MTA, MA (Creative Arts Therapies-Music)

Grace has developed areas of service and leadership as a music therapist specializing in pediatrics working with children and youth with special needs. She also has experience working in long term care facilities alongside with adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. She has 3 years of related experience and is committed to not only providing individuals with client-centered care, but is also committed to incorporating family-centered care within the therapeutic framework.

Grace enjoys communicating through music and hearing individuals communicate through music when words fail. She is committed to finding how music brings out the emotions and uniqueness in them as well as forging pathways through music to enhance, or maintain their non-musical goals.

Grace is passionate about empowering individuals by offering them decision-making and the freedom to steer and direct the therapy process. Her vision is that through freedom and control individuals are motivated to express themselves without fear of expectations while achieving their goals. She values and recognizes that it not only reaches them where they are at but it also allows her to focus on the development of their potential as opposed to working towards cultural expectations. Her treatment procedures are specifically catered towards the needs of individuals while offering them opportunities to develop self-expression, communication and relationships, and to enhance personal and interpersonal freedom and creativity.

Grace’s fine arts and creative arts therapies background have allowed her to incorporate aspects of art and drama within the therapeutic framework. Grace is an Accredited Music Therapist (MTA) and holds a Graduate Certificate in Music Therapy from Concordia University and a Masters of Creative Arts Therapies with a specialty in Music Therapy, also from Concordia University.

Grace can be reached at grace@accentmusictherapy.com

Rachel Tharby, BMT, NMT (Music Therapy Intern)

Rachel has been musically inclined from a very young age. She grew up taking piano lessons, and began playing the clarinet once she entered high school. From there, she knew she wanted to continue using music to help others, and pursued an education in music therapy!

Rachel is a recent graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, where she received a Bachelor of Music Therapy (with distinction) and a minor in psychology. Within her education, Rachel strengthened her skills in playing the clarinet, piano, guitar, steel drum, and ukulele. She is trained in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), which focuses on stimulating the brain to overcome injury using music. After volunteering at Accent Music Therapy for over a year, Rachel felt that it was the perfect place for her to complete her 1000-hour clinical internship. She will be finished in January 2017.

Rachel is experienced in working with children and teens with developmental delays, physical challenges, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is passionate and dedicated to enriching the lives of others through music to achieve their goals, and firmly believes that music can bring out the best in people.

Rachel can be reached at rachel@accentmusictherapy.com