Music Therapy

Enjoy Bridgeway Academy’s version of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy,” produced by the center’s Music Therapy team.

Music Therapy is offered as a private therapy and as part of tuition at Bridgeway Academy in both individual and group settings. Our Board Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC) have completed a minimum of a bachelor degree in music therapy and work with children of all ages and ability levels on social and pragmatic communication skills, articulation, receptive and expressive language development, fine and gross motor skills, and cognitive skills.

Music Therapists use music and music related strategies to facilitate non-musical IEP goals through instrument play, live singing, songwriting, dancing and movement. Music Therapists also use a variety of communication tools, including Sign Language, PECS, and LAMP for Augmentative Communication Devices and pictures. Multimodal social groups are also available with Music Therapy and Speech Therapy or Music Therapy and Licensed Psychologists co-treatment.  Theater groups for both Primary and Secondary students (up to young adults) are also offered in collaboration with music and speech therapy and may incorporate components of the Shakespeare and Autism Project.

For more information about music therapy, go to the American Music Therapy Association website at or the Certification Board for Music Therapists website at

Please click here to learn more about our Music Therapy Internship Program

Meet Our Music Therapists

Tanya Corso, MM, MT-BC, Music Therapy Supervisor
Tanya is the Music Therapy Department Supervisor and the Music Therapy Internship Director at Bridgeway Academy where he has been employed since 2003.  Tanya has attended Language Acquisition through Motor Planning trainings and enjoys working with early communicators. She has presented at a variety of music therapy and autism conferences and workshops around Ohio, the Great Lakes Region and nationally, and is serving as the Past President of the Association of Ohio Music Therapists. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton where she trained in voice, piano, guitar and bassoon.  Tanya is a Neurologic Music Therapist, having completed her training in October 2014 and finished her master’s degree in music therapy through Colorado State University in December 2016.

Alyssa Graber, MME, MT-BC, Music Therapist
Alyssa has been a board-certified music therapist at Bridgeway Academy since June 2014. This year she is also a supervising music therapist for the music therapy internship. Alyssa is a registered Music Together teacher and serves as Public Relations Chair for the Association of Ohio Music Therapists. During the 2015-2016 School Year, Alyssa also taught a class on music with children with special needs for music education majors at Ohio State. She is an alumna of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She then went on to pursue a graduate equivalency and Master’s degree in music therapy from the University of Kansas. Her master’s thesis focused on using transition songs with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Kristin Kummer, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist
Kristin Kummer has been a music therapist at Bridgeway Academy since January 2008. She facilitates the theater group and is one of the co-leaders of the school choir. She trained in the Hunter Heartbeat Method and continues to work with the Shakespeare and Autism Project. She has been trained in LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) and has worked in co-treated sessions with speech language pathologists to facilitate communication.  She has facilitated two theater-based grants, collaborating with Catco for Kids and the Shakespeare and Autism Project at the Ohio State University. Kristin has presented at various conferences throughout the region, including state and regional music therapy conferences, the Williams Syndrome Association national conference and the Arts and Autism Conference. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in music and English literature from Capital University and a Master’s degree in English literature from Middlebury College in Vermont, Kristin was an early childhood music and movement teacher for 4 years. She then finished a music therapy equivalency program at Baldwin Wallace College and completed her music therapy internship at Bridgeway Academy.

Heather Redding, MT-BC, RBT, Music Therapist

Heather joined the Bridgeway Academy staff as a music therapist in August 2017. She previously completed her music therapy internship at Bridgeway during the 2016-2017 school year. Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in music in 2014 from York College of Pennsylvania where she focused on clarinet performance. She completed a music therapy equivalency program in 2016 and is currently finishing her Master’s degree in music therapy from Loyola University New Orleans. Heather is both a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) and a registered behavior technician (RBT).

Liz Woolley, MT-BC, Music Therapist
Liz has been a music therapist at Bridgeway Academy since October 2012 and is a supervising music therapist for the music therapy internship. She has a strong background in music performance, including vocal and piano jazz, and bluegrass, and has been a songwriter and recording artist for several years. Liz has presented at the National Williams Syndrome Association Conference and at the Arts and Autism Conference.  She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in music therapy in 2012 and completed her internship here at Bridgeway Academy. 

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