Having lived in Minnesota her whole life, Ellie is passionate about providing music therapy services to individuals within the Twin Cities community. Originally from Eagan, Minnesota, Ellie attended the University of Minnesota where she received a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Therapy. She then went on to complete a six-month internship at Note-able Music Therapy Services, working primarily with children with autism spectrum disorder and other cognitive and developmental disabilities.
Ellie values the relationships that she has formed with others through music and the rapport that she forms with her clients and their families serves as the foundation of her music therapy practice. Ellie has experience creating connections with individuals in a variety of settings including daycares, schools, residential facilities, and in-home settings. She has experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, Angelman syndrome, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, oppositional defiant disorder, sensory processing disorders, communication disorders, anxiety, depression, and other cognitive and developmental disabilities.
Ellie’s love for both music and helping others has existed for as long as she can remember. As a percussionist by trade, Ellie enjoys using various percussion instruments as well as the piano, guitar, ukulele, and her voice within her music therapy sessions. Being able to connect with an individual while playing an instrument or singing together is one of the most rewarding parts of her work.
When Ellie is not practicing music therapy, she enjoys exploring the Twin Cities with her friends and family, drinking coffee, reading books, and teaching percussion lessons to local high school students.