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Chris Barton, MM, MT-BC
Introductory Bio
 
 
Chris Barton is an award-winning composer and performer. She began her musical career at age eight with a German concert pianist who pulled her students’ ears when mistakes were made!  Despite the rough start, Chris has retained her love of music.
 
She holds a B.Mus. degree from Michigan State University and a M.M. from Butler University. As a board certified music therapist (MT-BC), she has worked in child and adolescent psychiatry, hospice settings, school programs for autistic and brain-injured children and private practice. She currently directs Central Canal Creative Arts Therapies in Indianapolis and primarily sees young children with autistic spectrum and speech and hearing disorders. Many of the children she works with have cochlear implants. Chris recently completed a post-graduate Certificate in Auditory Learning in Young Children from UNC-Chapel Hill.

 
Education
2011
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Durham, North Carolina
First YEARS Certification
1997
Butler University
Indianapolis, Indiana
Master of Music, Composition
1985
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy
1983
Saginaw Valley State University
University Center, Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, Music

Clinical Experience

1984
University of Michigan
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospitals
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1984
Riverside Psychiatric Facility
Ionia State Prison
Ionia, Michigan
1983
Michigan State University
Music Therapy Clinic
East Lansing, Michigan

Awards

2009 winner of Most Valuable Product Award for TuneUps from TherapyTimes.com

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, Arts Council of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN

Wolftrap Institute Artist Silver Medallion Award for Room in this World for Everyone, Vienna, VA

Children’s Choice of the Month for
Mama Can You Turn On The Moon?
Kindersinger’s Musical Notes, Washington, DC

Annie Awards Nominee for Excellence in the Performing Arts
Ann Arbor, MI

ASCAP Special Award
New York, NY

Top Ten Arts Events for Have A Heart, Be A Star!
Saginaw News, Saginaw, MI

Top Ten Arts Newsmakers
Saginaw News, Saginaw, MI

Parent’s Choice Gold Award for Hello Sun/Goodnight Moon
Waban, MA

Employment

2008-
Music Therapist
Saint Joseph Institute for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana University
2005-
Music Therapy Consultant
Advanced Bionics Corporation
Valencia, CA
2003-
Director, Music Therapy Services and Consulting
Central Canal Creative Arts Therapies-Indianapolis, Indiana
1997-2001
Music Teacher/Celebrations Coordinator
International School of Indiana-Indianapolis, IN
1996-
Music Performer
Sensible Shoes-Indianapolis, IN
1995-1997
Music Consultant/Performer
Children’s Museum-Indianapolis, IN
1992-2001
Owner
Heartstar Music Publishing-Ann Arbor, MI & Indianapolis, IN
1990-1993
Music Therapist
Private Practice-Ann Arbor, MI
1985-1997
Music Performer
SongSisters & Footloose- Ann Arbor, MI
1985-1989
Music Therapist
Farmington Public Schools-Farmington, MI
1985-1986
Music Therapist
Monroe Intermediate School District- Monroe, MI
1985
Activity Therapist
University of Michigan Psychiatric Hospitals-Ann Arbor, MI
1984-1985
Director Collegium Musicum/Organ Instructor
Saginaw Valley State University-University Center, MI
1983-1984
Organist
Saginaw Symphony-Saginaw, MI
1983
Instructor/Gifted Children Program
Delta College-University Center, MI
1973-1984
Music Director/Organist/Youth Coordinator
First United Methodist Church-Saginaw, MI

Professional Memberships

  • American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
  • Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)
  • Great Lakes Region, AMTA
  • Indiana Music Therapists
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association
  • HEAR Indiana
  • Autism Society of America (ASA)
  • Pi Kappa Lambda, National Honorary Music Fraternity
  • ASCAP
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