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Carlyn Waller

Carlyn is an improviser, a musician, a dancer, an artist, a healer, a poet, a risk taker, a learner, and a board-certified music therapist.  As a clinician, she uses music and the arts to treat holistically from a person-centered framework.  Carlyn is completing her master’s of music therapy at Appalachian State with a certificate in expressive arts therapy.  Her thesis research is about arts-based self-care and self-awareness trainings for direct care staff working with adults with developmental disabilities.  She loves group art making, drum and song circles, movement and dance, and happenings where artists come together to create something ephemeral and unique to that time and place.  She believes in the power of the creative process to connect people to themselves and to one another.  


  • Education:  

Appalachian State University: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Master of Music Therapy (Expected May 2018), Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate (candidate)

  • Professional Certification & Trainings:

Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC)

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music: Level I           

  • Performing Arts Experience:

RE-Happening, Black Mountain, NC, From the Dock to the Shore: Motion & Repose                             

  • Presentations:

Arts Based Learning: Applications for Supervision & Higher Education, Chapel Hill, NC

Music Therapy Advocacy in Action: North Carolina, Raleigh, NC   

Interpersonal Process in Care Providing: An Arts-Based Model, Morganton, NC

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