Maureen Hopkins, founder and owner of Altitunes NMT, is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) with specialized training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) from the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. She has nearly fifteen years experience working with children with and without special needs. Her professional memberships include American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Colorado Association for Music Therapy (CAMT).
Maureen attended Colorado State University (CSU), and graduated with two bachelor degrees; music therapy and psychology. She was both a member and president of the Music Therapy Student Organization. As president, she organized and promoted a multi-band concert, which set a fundraising record for the organization, and generated a high level of community participation, awareness, and education about music therapy through the attention of the local newspapers and radio stations. During her third and final practicum, she had the incredible opportunity to work under the supervision of Dr. Blythe Lagasse, who advanced Maureen’s ability and skill implementing the NMT speech techniques with children.
Following CSU, Maureen completed a six month clinical training music therapy internship with Moved by Music in Canon City, CO where she has gained experience in hospitals, and both assisted living and nursing homes with a variety of populations, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s, cancer, comatose and terminally ill. She facilitated one-on-one, small, and large group music therapy interventions to enhance and improve cognition, create an outlet for emotional expression, promote relaxation, decrease pain and anxiety, increase communication skills and improve physical functioning. Her clinical training also provided her experience in developing the first full-time music therapy position at a nursing home in Colorado as well as how to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for music therapy services and formally documenting music therapy outcomes for an ongoing hospital study.