Melissa Sommers

Board-Certified Music Therapist #08171

Melissa Sommers became a board-certified music therapist in 2006.  She received her bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and her master's degree in Music, with a focus in Neurologic Music Therapy, from Colorado State University in 2013.  Shortly thereafter, she started Meli Music.  

Melissa's introduction into the world of music therapy happened at a very young age.  Her youngest sister was born with a brain tumor.  Over the few years they had together, Melissa and her sister formed a very unique and strong relationship, through music.  On the toughest of tough days, Melissa quickly discovered the only way her sister would calm down was through playing piano for her.  Melissa realized she needed to start with her sister's preferred music, and wait for her to rock to the beat.  Once she was regulated and in a calmer state, then Melissa could branch into practicing her piano.  After the passing of her sister, Melissa has been passionate about using music to support others using the unique power and connection of music.  

Advanced Trainings, Certifications and Memberships

2018 - Illinois Association for Music Therapy

2018 - Bonny Method Guided Imagery Intermediate Level           


2018 - Creative Arts Birthing Workshop Facilitator
2017 - Bonny Method Guided Imagery Beginner Level
2017 - Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth (MTACB) Practitioner

2014 - DIR® Intermediate Practitioner
2012 - Neurologic Music Therapy Training
2011 - Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning

            Disorders (ICDL) Regional Institute DIR® Level B

2006 - Board Certified Music Therapist, Certification #08171
2006 - Member of American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)