Melissa Amy Hirokawa, M.M., MT-BC, NMT Fellow
3100 S James Ave #3
Minneapolis, MN 55408
melissahirokawa@g mail.co m
2006 Master of Music in Music Therapy. Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, M ichigan.
2003 Music Therapy Equi valency. Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, Mich igan.
1999 Bachelor of Arts. Majors Music and Environ mental Studies, minor Biology.
Lake Forest College. Lake Forest, Illinois.
2008 Fellow, Academy of Neurol ogic Music Therapists, Center for Bio medical Research in Music,
Fort Co llins, CO.
2003 Music Therapist-B oard Certified (MT-BC) by The Certification Board for Music Therap ists.
Cert ification Nu mber: 06898
2001 Ki ndermusik® Educator, Kindermusik International. Greensboro, NC.
2009 Level 1 Training in Gui ded Imagery and Music, and Music and Imagery for Wellness.
Great Lakes Regional Conference, Minneapolis, M N.
2008 Neurologic Music Therapy Advanced Fell owshi p Training.
Center for Bio med ical Research in Music, Fort Collins, CO.
2005 Hos pice and Palliati ve Care Music Therapy Institute. Center for Music Therapy in End of Life
Care. Ne w Palt z, NY.
2006 Master of Music in Music Therapy. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.
2003 Neurologic Music Therapy Institute. Minneapolis, M N.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
2008 Li ving S pirit Therapy Services, LLC. (May 2008 – Present)
Founder. Music Therapist. Kindermusik® Educator. Independent BeautiControl® Consultant.
Practice focuses on the elderly, those with medical needs and issues, adu lt wellness, and
intergenerational programming. Responsible for all areas of business including marketing, creation
of accountability materials, website development, fiscal management, and facilitation of music
therapy services, teaching classes, and product sales.
2008 Music Therapist, Redeemer Heal th and Rehab. (September 2008 – May 2010)
Facilitate individual and group music therapy sessions including an intergenerational music
therapy group and groups focusing on fall prevention, co mplete relevant documentation; and
communicate resident needs and progress with the interdisciplinary treat ment team.
2004 Music Therapist, Hos pice of the Twin Cities. (September 2004 – May 2008)
Facilitated music therapy sessions with patients and families; completed relevant documentation;
and communicated patient needs and progress with the interdisciplinary t reatment team.
2004 Music Ther apist, J ones-Harrison Residence. (March 2004 – September 2004)
Facilitated a variety of group and 1:1 music therapy programs to residents in rehabilitation, long-
term care, memory care, hospice, and assisted living.
2004 Music Therapist, Presbyterian Homes of Roseville. (September 2003 – November 2004)
2003 Therapeutic Recreati on Coordinator, Walker Cityview. (June 2003 – February 2004)
Facilitated a variety of group and 1:1 music therapy and therapeutic recreation programs;
completed relevant documentation; and communicated resident needs and progress with the
interdisciplinary treat ment team.
2002 Music Therapist, Kal amazoo Family and Chil dren Services Summer Program.
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Kalamazoo, M I.
2001 Ki ndermusik Educator. Kalamazoo, M I and Highland Park, MN. (2001 – 2004)
2000 Lead Respi te Worker, Kalamazoo Family and Chil dren Services. Kalamazoo, MI.
(2000 – 2002). Assist adults and children with developmental d isabilities and/or emotional
impairments with activities of daily liv ing, administer medicat ions, structure and facilitate group
outings and daily activities, supervise respite workers, and supervise daily house functions.
2000 Communi ty Mental Health of Kalamazoo, MI. (2000 – 2002)
Co mpleted training and certifications in Recip ient Rights, Work with People (Developmental
Disabilit ies and Mental Illness), MANDT®, CPR, First Aid, Health, and Medications.
1997 Special Needs Counselor, Camp Lakeland. New York. (July – August 1997 and 1998)
1995 Special Sitter, Association for Retarded Citizens of Monroe County. Rochester, NY.
(1995 – 1999)
2002 Internshi p: Park Nicollet Health Services . Minneapolis, M N. (November 2002 – March 2003)
Co mpleted 1040 hours including providing direct services to patients; documenting outcomes in
patient charts, interdisciplinary rounds, and day program team meetings; completion of a research
project on Parkinson’s disease; compilation of relaxation resources; and attending in -services.
Methodist Hospital: Adult Oncology, Inpatient Hospice, Ho me Hospice, and Eating Disorders
Institute; Struthers Parkinson’s Center Day Program and C.R.E.A.T.E. Singers
2001 Professional Fiel d Experience: Alliance Senior Day Services . Kalamazoo, MI.
(January 2001 – April 2002). Developed a protocol for music therapy services and provided four
hours per week of d irect service to groups and individuals within a Senior Day Program
specializing in dementia.
2001 Practica Experiences Through Western Michigan Uni versity. Kalamazoo, MI.
(January 2001 – April 2002). Each experience consisted of assessment, treatment planning, two
hours of direct service per week, docu mentation, and supervision by board -certified music
Borgess Adolescent Psychiatry; Bronson Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; child with cerebral
palsy; Portage Northern High School: special education classroom; adult with mental
disorder; Portage Central Elementary School: pre -primary impaired classroom; Gull Road
Elementary School: special education, emotionally impaired classroom; Autumn
House/Portage Active Day Center: adult day care.
1998 Internshi p: Institute for Therapy Through the Arts . Chicago, IL. (February 1998 – May 1998)
Exp loratory internship through Chicago Arts Program. Observed and participated in 75 hours of
music, art, and drama therapy sessions; observed Kindermusik classes; and researched disabilit ies.
2003 Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy. (2003– present)
2002 Music Therapy Association of Minnesota. (2002 – present)
1999 American Music Therapy Association. (1999 – present)
2000 Ki ndermusik Internati onal. (2000 – 2004, 2008 – present)
2000 Western Michigan Uni versity, Student Music Therapists’ Association. Fundraising Chair,
(2000 – 2002)
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MUSIC THERAPY PRESENTATIONS
2010 Fairview Ri dges/West Dak ota County Stroke Support Group: An Introduction to Music
Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation. Burnsville, M N.
2010 Fairview Hospi tal "Celebrate Your Creati vi ty" Stroke Event: Music Therapy: A Doorway to
Creativity, Expression, and Movement. Edina, M N.
2010 Uni versity of Mi nnesota Introducti on to Music Therapy Class: Music Therapy with the
Elderly, Hospice, and Palliative Care. Minneapolis, MN.
2009 Care Provi ders of Mi nnesota Annual Convention and Expo: Benefits of Intergenerational
Music Therapy Groups. Minneapolis, MN.
2009 11 th Annual American Music Therapy Association Conference: Intergenerational Music
Therapy. San Diego, CA.
2009 Uni versity of Mi nnesota Introducti on to Music Therapy Class: Music Therapy and the
Elderly. Minneapolis, MN.
2009 Great Lakes Regional Music Therapy Conference: Intergenerational Music Therapy.
2009 Courage Center Arthritis Support Group: Ways to Improve Relaxation, Stress Management,
Pain Control, and Sleep. Minneapolis, MN.
2008 Courage Center Fi bromyalgia Support Group: Music Therapy and Fibromyalgia: Ways to
Improve Relaxation, Stress Management, Pain Control, and Sleep . Minneapolis, MN.
2008 “Life in Bl oom” Fairview Stroke Survi vors Group: An Introduction to Music Therapy in Stroke
Rehabilitation. Ed ina, MN.
2008 Jones Harrison Residence Assisted Li ving: Physical, Cognitive, Psychosocial, Spiritual, and
Behavioral Benefits of Music Therapy with the Elderly. Minneapolis, MN.
2007 Hos pice of the Twi n Cities: Music Therapy, a Holistic Approach to Improve Physical,
Emotional, and Spiritual Comfort at End of Li fe. Ply mouth, MN.
2007 Mi nnesota Health and Housing Alliance Institute for Ol der Adult Services: The Clinical Use
of Music Therapy. Minneapolis, M N.
2006 8 th Annual American Music Therapy Association Conference: Survey of Financial Aspects,
Staffing, and Service Trends of Music Therapy in Hospice Programs. Kansas City, M O.
2006 Care Provi ders of Mi nnesota Annual Convention and Expo: Music Therapy, a Holistic
Approach to Improve Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Comfort at End of Li fe. M inneapolis,
2004 Substitute Faculty Member: Allied Team Training in Parkinson’s Disease.
Presented on Neurologic Music Therapy techniques in the interdisciplinary treat ment of
Parkinson’s Disease. Attendees included music, physical, and occupational therapists; speech
language pathologists; social workers; nurses, physicians, and physician assistants. Houston, TX.
2004 Jones Harrison Residence: What is Music Therapy and How Can it Improve Quality of Life?
2002 Instructor: Western Michigan Uni versity: Seminar High School Music Camp: Introduction to
Music Therapy. Kalamazoo, M I.
2002 Western Michigan Uni versity: Music Therapy in Holistic Health. Kalamazoo, MI.
2001 Lake Forest College Music Depar tment: Introduction to Music Therapy. Lake Forest, IL.
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2006 A Survey of Financial As pects, Staffing, and Service Trends of Music Therapy in Hospice
Programs. Available online at liv ingspirittherapy.com.
HONORS, AWARDS, AND SCOLARSHIPS
2002 National Society Daughters of the Am. Revoluti on Occupational Therapy Scholarshi p.
2002 Birmingham Musicale Music Therapy Schol arship. (2002 – 2003)
2001 Kalamazoo AMB UCS Li ving Endowment Scholarshi p for Music Therapy. (2001 – 2002)
1999 Senior Prize in Music. Lake Forest College. Lake Forest, IL.
1998 Member of the Academic Advisory Board for Lake Forest College music department.
Lake Fo rest, IL. (1998-1999)
1995 Deerpath Merit Scholarshi ps. Lake Forest College. (1995 – 1999)
1998 Derriere Guard Festi val Orchestra, Ch icago, Illinois.
1997 Northbrook and El mhurst Symphonies. Substitute member. Northbrook and Elmburst, IL.
(1997 – 1998)
1995 Lake Forest College orchestra, jazz ensemble, woodwi nd ensemble, chorus. Lake Forest, IL
(1995 – 1999)
1995 Solo recitals on saxophone and bassoon. Lake Forest, IL and Kalamazoo, MI. (1995 – 1998,
1995 Masterclasses on saxophone and bassoon with members of the Ch icago Sy mphony Orchestra
and Lake Forest Co llege music faculty. Lake Fo rest, IL. (1995 – 1999)
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