Amy Recchia, MS Ed, MT-BC, owner and music therapist at AR Music Therapy is a nationally board certified music therapist and special education teacher with over twenty years of helping others experience growth, joy and healing through music.
During summers in high school, I worked as a Camp Counselor at Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office's Developmental Center in Wassaic, NY providing recreational activities for adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to the activities I was assigned, I would often bring in my guitar and lead sing-alongs. During one of these, a breakthrough moment occurred in which a woman who had refused to sing or hardly even speak for many years took the microphone and performed an emotional rendition of "Amazing Grace." It was at this moment that my innate belief in the healing power of music was confirmed and my dedication to using music to help others began.
I received my B.S. in Music Therapy from SUNY New Paltz in 1995 and my Board-Certification from the Certification Board for Music Therapists after completing a six month internship at Taconic DDSO in Wassaic, NY in 1996. I received my Master’s Degree and Permanent NYS Teaching Certification in Special Eduction in 2000. I have worked as a Music Teacher and Music Therapist at the Devereux Foundation, Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County and the Anderson Center for Autism where I also worked as a Special Education Teacher. I have facilitated workshops for adults with disabilities designed to promote self-expression through music utilizing group drumming, creative movement, and songwriting at various facilities and conferences including the Mid-Hudson Coalition Training Consortium.
I have also designed and implemented music classes for individuals with disabilities at Dutchess Community College and have worked as a teacher, music therapist, and recreation provider in various settings throughout the Hudson Valley.
- Assisted in speech exercises, vocalizations and rhythms that helped a non-verbal individual to develop speech through music and song.
- Worked collaboratively with an individual who was resistive to physical therapy, but was able to increase range of motion and cross midline in music sessions.
- Taught ordering of academic information to pre-schoolers through songs.
- Increased coordination, memory and non-verbal communication skills of well adults through group drumming activities.
- Provided modified instruction to individuals with disabilities who formed a rock band and performed at school events, improving leisure activity skills and increasing their self-expression and self-esteem.
- Trained residential group home staff to use original songs to teach an individual the sequential steps to getting dressed in the morning increasing his independence.
- Promoted coordination, flexibility, and memory skills in well seniors using movement and music activities.
- Increased verbal initiation and decreased prompt dependency in a young man with autism.
"Amy maintains a high standard of excellence and is one of the most creative people I have ever had the opportunity to work with. Her programs are not only imaginative, they are person-centered and aimed at helping each individual meet their own personal outcomes. She understands how to make programming fun for her participants AND staff! Amy Recchia will not disappoint you!"
- Paul Durand, President, Alliance Supports Corp.
"Our therapist's professionalism and work ethic have been outstanding. We have found her to be trustworthy and dependable. She continually demonstrates a strong commitment and desire to help our son in his developmental needs."
"We love our music group! Our music therapist has such a natural rapport with residents and staff. She is caring, compassionate, and fun! She gets everyone (even an individual who is typically refuses group activities) dancing, stretching, singing, and playing instruments all while increasing communication and interaction in the group and addressing goals such as grasping, reaching, and increasing movement and flexibility. I see more positive interactions with the residents during and following their music group than any other time. The benefits are wonderful! Music night is our favorite!"
- Group Home Manager