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.