Rachelle Norman's Profile

Music therapist

About Rachelle Norman

I earned my bachelor of music in music therapy from the University of Evansville and completed my internship at MusicWorx of California. I opened Soundscape Music Therapy in Wichita, Kansas in 2004 and spent four years there serving in nursing homes, hospice, and residential treatment for children and adolescents. I also worked in inpatient psychiatric care and taught guitar and piano lessons. That’s also where I started my master’s program in music therapy through Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. When I married my sweet husband Nicholas in 2008, I moved my practice to Kansas City. I built my own practice here while also subcontracting with another music therapy company. I’ve worked in the schools for students with severe disabilities, and privately with students with autism under a state-funded program. I’ve also worked in early childhood and with adults who have intellectual disabilities. When I became a mom in 2010 (right after finishing that master’s degree), I decided to streamline my practice so that I could work with the populations I serve best. These days, I work with adults and older adults in senior living, community-based settings, hospice, and private home visits. I also teach music and wellness classes and private music lessons for well adults. I spend a ton of time learning about the eldercare industry and networking with eldercare professionals in my community and online. My vision is to have MUSIC available to older adults wherever they are and whatever stage of health they find themselves in. To that end, I want to help music therapists find the clients that need them, and I want to help professional and family caregivers learn to use music well in their caregiving relationships. I’m also a fierce advocate for music therapy. I serve on the government relations committee for AMTA, and am on the Missouri State Task Force for state recognition of our profession. I serve as president for the Kansas City Metro Music Therapists and on the board for the Kansas City Partnership for Caregivers. I’m also adjunct faculty at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, teaching in the Music Therapy Equivalency Distance program.