2016 Changes And A Special Welcome To Annette!

2016 – A Year of Change!

Reflecting back, 2016 brought change and excitement for Roman Music Therapy Services! We reached the truly awe-inspiring and gratifying milestone of being in business for ten years. Our in-studio program offerings expanded with the addition of Sprouting Sibs and drop-off class, Sprouting Melodies 5. Additionally, our outside contracts grew! Growth was really the theme for us as we took on more clients, hired an Operations Manager and moved into a larger space.

Another wonderful change included the addition of a Senior Clinical Supervisor for our music therapy team, Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MA, MT-BC. Annette comes to Roman Music Therapy Services with an impressive and diverse background in music therapy. With over twenty years in the field, Annette’s clinical experience includes outpatient care for victims of domestic violence, psychiatric hospitals, hospice, special education classrooms and working in the Boston Shriners Hospital pediatric burn unit where Annette and her team were featured on WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station.

Annette Whitehead-Pleaux is Shriners’ first music therapist. (George Hicks/WBUR)

While providing music therapy to a variety of populations, Annette is also an adjunct faculty member at three colleges/universities where she teaches masters and undergraduate coursework.

Involved in several music therapy research programs throughout her career, Annette is also a prolific writer and has a number of peer-reviewed articles as well as published book contributions. In early 2017, the book she co-edited with Dr. Xueli Tan, “Cultural Intersections in Music Therapy: Music, Health and the Individual”, will be published by Barcelona Publishing.

Annette is an incredibly accomplished member of the music therapy community and on the Board of Directors for the American Music Therapy Association.

“For many years, a translated quote has hung above my computer on my desk, which says

‘ A human being becomes human through other human beings.’  

To me, this is the essence of music therapy, being human with other humans through music.”

– Annette Whitehead-Pleaux

Supervising our multi-faceted, multi-talented team!

As Senior Clinical Supervisor, Annette will be facilitating weekly, biweekly and monthly supervision with our therapists. Additionally, she will lead “Supervising the Supervisors,” a program that mentors our music therapy leads. In addition, she will lend her unique expertise in program development, outreach and skill set enrichment.

In her “spare time” (!), Annette is also leading our new program, Meeting of the Musical Minds Supervision, which offers one-on-one supervision to music therapists across the country. Stay tuned or contact us for more details.

To say we are excited to have her on our team — as a colleague, a mentor and an innovator — is an understatement! Please help us welcome Annette with a quick note via Facebook or a smile next time you’re here for a visit.

Stay warm and see you soon!

Musically Yours,

Meredith