Shelly Peterson, MA, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow
Shelly is the founder and director of Kids in Harmony, LLC. With over a decade of experience in early childhood music, music therapy and with her own children, she has seen firsthand the power of music for learning, calming, enjoyment, making connections in the world and connecting with others.
Shelly completed her coursework for a Master of Arts degree in music therapy at the University of Iowa. Her six months of clinical training was spent at Central Wisconsin Center working with children and adults with severe/profound developmental disabilities. She worked in the St. Paul, MN area teaching early childhood music classes, working with adults in a nursing facility as well as individuals and schools. She has advanced training in neurologic music therapy which utilizes standardized techniques to benefit individuals with cognitive, sensorimotor, and communication dysfunctions due to neurologic disease. She has extensive experience working with young children and youth with and without special needs as well as older adults.
Shelly enjoys playing the guitar, piano, clarinet, hand drums, ukulele and various percussion instruments.
Shelly is a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), the Iowa Chapter of Music Therapy and served as the chair of the Iowa Music Therapy Task Force working to advocate for music therapy in the state of Iowa from 2008-2013. In 2013, Shelly was awarded the national “Changemaker Award for Music Therapy Advocacy” from AMTA.
In the summer of 2016, Shelly and her family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to enjoy time in the mountains, adventure and new experiences. In her spare time, Shelly enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, reading, baking, playing music, mountain biking, swimming/diving and adventure runs.
Kids in Harmony has an excellent team of board certified music therapists improving lives of children and families every day in Central Iowa and Northern Colorado.