The Southwestern Region of AMTA is the sponsor of this AMTA-Pro podcast featuring an informal conversation between Judith Pinkerton and Kate Harrison about their thriving, nonprofit music therapy agencies. Kate launched the Music Therapy Center of Houston just two years ago, and Judith’s Center for Creative Therapeutic Arts in Las Vegas is “20 years young.” Talking with AMTA-Pro podcast host Cathy Knoll, Judith and Kate share experiences and insights about agency structure, services, funding, interns, staff, and potential for future growth for their agencies and for nonprofit music therapy agencies in general.



Nonprofit Music Therapy Agencies

Judith Pinkerton, MT-BC and Kate Harrison, MT-BC

AMTA-Pro Podcast

sponsored by the

Southwestern Region of AMTA

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Click on the web links below to learn more about these two cutting edge agencies, representative of about a dozen nonprofit music therapy agencies around the country.

Kate Harrison’s Music Therapy Center of Houston:

Judith Pinkerton’s Center for Creative Therapeutic Arts:

Judith Pinkerton’s Music4Life project:

About the Speakers

Music4Life Founder and President Judith Pinkerton, a board-certified music therapist, began playing the violin at age seven. Instructed by her father and coached by her mother, this classically trained violinist performed for more than three decades in symphonies from Alaska to Switzerland. But it doesn’t end there! From Elton John and Wayne Newton to Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett, Judith has graced many a star-studded orchestra pit. For the past 18 years, Judith has dedicated her career to research and development of the USE MEE Model and MEE recordings. In recent years, she has used her talents and training to develop individualized MEE tapes to meet her clients’ specific needs.

In 1990, Judith founded the Center For Creative Therapeutic Arts (CCTA), the only nonprofit music and art therapy agency in Nevada. CCTA is also home to Judith’s private practice where music and art therapists help children, at-risk youth, elderly, hospice, cancer and cardiac patients enhance their well-being.

As an author, recording artist, music therapist and inspirational speaker, Judith is dedicated to spreading her message about the benefits of Music4Life accredited programs and products. She shows young and old how they can use their music libraries in combination with her recordings to balance emotions.

Kate Harrison co-founded the Music Therapy Center of Houston with her music therapy colleague, Veronica Llanos-Butler in 2008. Veronica is the Administrative director, and Kate is the Program Director of the nonprofit  music therapy agency. Kate graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University. After completing her clinical internship in Waco ISD and receiving her board certification, Kate started her own private practice, Kate Harrison Music Therapy. She has been working with all age groups in the areas of autism, developmentally delayed, speech disorders, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and psych.

Kate is currently the President of the Gulf Coast Music Therapists, an organization of professional and student music therapists within Houston and the surrounding areas who provide support to each other and educate the community about Music Therapy.  She is a Fellow of the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapists, receiving this designation from the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University.