C.J. (short for Christy Joy) is a Board Certified Music Therapist and owner and director of Annapolis Music Therapy Services. She is a classically trained pianist and has almost 20 years experience in music education. She earned a liberal arts music degree, with concentrations in both music performance and music education, from Colorado State University in 2003. She taught both classical piano lessons and adapted music lessons for children with special needs while living in Colorado. CJ was also the elementary general music teacher and middle school choir director at Colorado Springs Christian Schools, before returning home to her native Baltimore/Annapolis area. After completing the Professional Studies Program for Music Therapy Certification Eligibility at Shenandoah University in 2013 and completing her internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute, she immediately launched into a thriving music therapy private practice. During this time of growth she also worked part time at Kennedy Krieger’s Fairmount Campus providing IEP based music therapy services. In addition to running Annapolis Music Therapy Services, CJ is Director of The Musical Autist, nonprofit, and is the curator and developer of Sensory Friendly Concerts™. She is passionate about disability rights, and is considered a friend and ally by many autistic self advocates within the Neurodiversity Movement. She enjoys presenting in regional and national music therapy conferences on the topic of presuming competence in music therapy clients. CJ was on the founding members of the Online Conference for Music Therapy and is currently serving the music therapy field as the Government Relations Chair Elect of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association as well as serving on the Maryland State Task Force for music therapy licensure.
Kerry is a neurologic music therapist and Clinical Director of Annapolis Music Therapy Services. She believes strongly in the importance of presuming competence and celebrating neurological differences, which she strives to achieve through her diverse clinical work with individuals on the autism spectrum, older adults with dementia, and rehabilitation services for adults with neurodegenerative and neurological disorders. In her role as Clinical Director at Annapolis Music Therapy, Kerry oversees a thriving college internship program and clinical contracts in diverse settings across central Maryland. Kerry holds a Master of Music Therapy (MMT) degree from Shenandoah University (2017), completed the Professional Studies Program for Music Therapy Certification Eligibility at Shenandoah University (2014), and holds a BM in Voice Performance from Towson University (2012). Kerry is adjunct faculty at Peabody Conservatory and Shenandoah University, and currently works as a research consultant for the Johns Hopkins Center for Music & Medicine. Her research has been published in the journal Music Therapy Perspectives.