Improving quality of life for the differently abled Children & Adults

Music Therapy

SABRINA DEUTSCH – MUSIC THERAPIST, sabrinad@laurensinstitute.org            

Sabrina joined the team at L.I.F.E in February 2014 as a Music Therapist. She attended East Carolina University in North Carolina, where she graduated in December 2012 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy. As part of her certification requirements, she completed a 6 month internship at Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ working with children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. She was hired back as a Music Therapist to fill in for a coworker on maternity leave for four months, continuing to learn and grow as a therapist before beginning to look for work on the west coast.

Having grown up in the Air Force, Sabrina was willing to travel anywhere for the right job. It was a stroke of luck that as her family settled to retire in Tucson, a job opportunity would open up just a couple hours away. She jumped on the opportunity to not only be close to family again, but leave the humid summers and cold winters on the east coast. During her rare, but cherished, spare time, she enjoys writing her own music, spending time with family and friends, working out, and having the occasional season binge of a new show on Netflix.

She is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) who has a passion for music and helping others. Originally a clarinetist for over 13 years, Sabrina also plays saxophone, guitar, piano, drums, bass, and sings. She loves using music to reach and help people from all walks of life with all kinds of abilities and experiences. She looks forward to continuing to learn and grow through her work at L.I.F.E as well as in the wonderful field of music therapy.

GRACE RHEE – MUSIC THERAPIST, gracer@laurensinstitute.org            

Grace Rhee received a bachelors and masters degree in piano performance and a masters degree in music therapy from Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea. In 2010, she earned her masters degree in music therapy from Arizona State University. Along the way, Grace learned to play various instruments like piano, organ, guitar, drum set, African drums, slim drums, gayagum (traditional Korean string instrument), janggu (traditional Korean drum), and danso (traditional Korean flute). She especially loved to play drums and attended many drum workshops. She regularly performed in the ASU African drum ensemble and jazz ensemble. In addition, Grace is a Korean Certified Nanta Percussion Performance Leader and worked as a Nanta Percussion Performance Specialist.

Grace has many years of experience as a professional music educator and music therapist. As a music educator, she operated her own music institute and taught piano. In addition, Grace taught sight-singing, music dictation and facilitated ensemble performances. She has worked with a wide range of K-12 students and transfer students who wanted to major in piano in college.

As a music therapist, Grace has experience in teaching adapted music lessons. She provided private piano lessons for clients with Williams Syndrome and Autism. For elderly clients with depression,  she provided private piano and gayagum lessons.

Grace is an active and energetic person. A fan of many sports, she skis, skiboards, cycles, swims and rides inline skates. She also plays squash and tennis. Other hobbies include yoga, swing dance, and aerobic dance, travel, and knitting.

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