Music Therapy

Enjoy Helping Hands Center’s version of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy,” produced by the center’s Music Therapy team.

Music Therapy is offered in both individual and group settings. Board Certified therapists work with children of all ages and ability levels on social and pragmatic language and communication skills, articulation, receptive and expressive language development, fine and gross motor skills, and cognitive skills. Music Therapists use music and music related strategies to facilitate non-musical goals during instrument play, live singing, songwriting, and dancing and movement. Music Therapists also use a variety of communication tools, including Sign Language, PECS, Augmentative Communication Devices and pictures. Multimodal groups are also available with Music Therapy and Speech Therapy co-treatment working primarily on social skills development. For more information about music therapy, go to the American Music Therapy Association Web site at or the Certification Board for Music Therapists Web site at

Please click here to learn more about our Music Therapy Internship Program

Helping Hands Center is a licensed Music Together ® site and is proud to offer the Music Together curriculum for Parent-Child classes as well as a therapy for individuals and small groups.  New class sessions will begin in January and registration is available now.

To learn more about Music Together ® or to register, click here.

Meet Our Music Therapists

Tanya Corso,
Tanya Corso, MT-BC, is the music therapy staff and intern supervisor at Helping Hands Center.  Tanya has been employed with Helping Hands Center for Special Needs/Hugs and Harmony Music Therapy since 2003.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton where she trained in voice, piano, guitar and bassoon.  Tanya has presented at a variety of music therapy and autism conferences and workshops and currently serves as the President of the Association of Ohio Music Therapists. She lives in Hilliard with her husband, Brad, and their kids, Sophia and Elliott.

Alyssa Graber, MME, MT-BC
Alyssa has been a board-certified music therapist since June 2014. She is an alumna of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She then went on to pursue a graduate equivalency and Master’s degree in music therapy from the University of Kansas. Her master’s thesis focused on using transition songs with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Alyssa is a registered Music Together teacher and a Music Together Within Therapy provider. This year she is also a Lecturer at Ohio State University, teaching a course on Music for Special Education majors. Alyssa lives in Clintonville with her husband and her dog.

Kristin Kummer,
Kristin Kummer, MT-BC, has worked at Helping Hands Center as a music therapy intern and as a music therapist since 2008. Along with individual sessions and classroom music groups, she co-treats with speech therapists for various social groups, including the kindergarten speech and music group and a theater group for older clientele. She previously worked as an early childhood music and movement teacher. Before finishing the equivalency program for music therapy at Baldwin Wallace, Kristin earned her undergraduate degrees in Music and English at Capital University and earned a Master’s degree in English literature.

Pam Richardson,
Pam Richardson, MT, recently completed her clinical internship at Helping Hands Center, and is now joining the Music Therapy staff.  During her internship, she worked with individuals and dyads, social groups, co-treatments with speech therapy, a theater group, music circles and choirs, as well as attended the LAMP training workshop.  In addition, she recently collaborated with the Parkinson’s Foundation of Central and Southeast Ohio to initiate a therapeutic choir for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Pam’s professional experience includes group and private music education for children, substitute teaching in the public schools, directing worship and arts programs in churches, and providing administrative support in a hospice facility.  She attended Ohio University, and completed her BA in Music Therapy at the College of Mount St. Joseph, studying piano, clarinet, voice, and organ. Pam is married to Mike, has two grown children, and is a worship leader at her church.

Valerie Robinson,
Valerie Robinson, MT-BC, graduated from Ohio University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree of music in music therapy. She interned at the Helping Hands Center for Special Needs beginning in the summer of 2006 before being hired as a full-time music therapist in 2007. She is a supervising music therapist for interns and serves as Internship Chair for the Association of Ohio Music Therapists. Valerie is also a LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) certified professional and a registered Music Together teacher. Valerie is currently  part-time at the center in order to spend more time with her three girls.

Liz Woolley,
Liz Wooley, MT-BC, joined Helping Hands Center in October 2012 as a music therapy intern and is now beginning her career as a music therapist as part of the Helping Hands team. Liz graduated from Utah State University with a degree in music therapy in 2012. She also has a strong background in music performance, including vocal and piano jazz and bluegrass, and has been a songwriter and recording artist for several years.