Welcome to Keynote Music Therapy! Our board-certified music therapists serve the greater Twin Cities region of Minnesota. We are committed to helping our clients identify and meet their unique needs through music. Let us help you achieve your goals by combining the power of music with the experience and training of a music therapist.
At Keynote, we believe in...
The therapeutic power of music
The expertise of our board-certified music therapists
Creating a customized plan for your specific needs based on a thorough assessment
Kayla Shafer, MA, MT-BC
Director of Services,
Kayla is the Director of Services and co-founder of Keynote Music Therapy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from St. Olaf College, after which she taught middle school band for several years. Interested in how music uniquely impacts personal goals, she returned to school and earned a Masters of Arts degree in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her teaching and therapy career, Kayla has worked with a variety of populations, including: neurotypical adults and children with unique learning styles, children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, individuals on the autism spectrum, pediatric and adult medical patients, oncology patients, individuals in hospice care, and adults with Parkinson's Disease. Kayla's strong interest in writing and research has resulted in two published articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is continually active as a therapist and teacher. She manages a private lesson studio and serves as the primary instructor for Psychology of Music at the University of Minnesota. Kayla has presented at the national American Music Therapy Association conference in Dallas, Texas and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is an annual guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota. Keynote Music Therapy is an avenue in which Kayla hopes to connect individuals to the incredible benefits of music therapy.
Ben Musburger, MS, LMFT
Director of Business Operations
Ben is a co-founder of Keynote Music Therapy. He is a graduate of the Carlson School of Management - University of Minnesota and holds a Master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. Ben entered the field of healthcare over 10 years ago and has served in multiple leadership roles including management of hospice and clinic operations. He is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who assists people in processing grief, identity formation, life transitions, and relationships. Ben was first exposed to music therapy in 2010. After observing sessions and interacting with both practitioners and clients, Ben was amazed by the powerful, positive change that music therapy delivered. With Keynote Music Therapy, Ben hopes to continue to grow the profession of music therapy by creating access for more individuals.
Carolyn Meyer, MT-BC
Carolyn is a board-certified music therapist and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy from Augsburg University. Carolyn has implemented music therapy services in a variety of settings including adult day services, preschools, memory care, children's hospitals and even at a burn recovery camp for children in China. Her mission is to foster healing and self-discovery for the clients she engages with. She also takes her skills and passions to the community as an advocate for both the populations she serves as well as the field of music therapy. Outside of music therapy, Carolyn loves to play music with friends, spend time in nature and try new cuisines!
Jennifer Blair, MT-BC
Jennifer is a board-certified music therapist. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Performance from North Central University, with voice as her major instrument. After developing an interest in the therapeutic benefits of music, Jennifer returned to school and is currently working on her thesis for a Master’s in Music Therapy at Augsburg University. Jennifer has experience working with a variety of clients including: individuals in hospice care, individuals with cancer and their families, bereavement, adults with dementia, children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as both neurotypical and developmentally delayed young children. She also had opportunity to work with children and adolescents at a pediatric burn recovery camp in China. A strong passion of Jennifer’s is to use her music therapy training to serve populations with high risk factors for experiencing poverty, abuse, and neglect. She is passionate about using music to bring comfort and healing to the individuals, families, and communities that she serves. Outside of music therapy, Jennifer loves to cook, travel, spend time with her family, and making music every chance she gets.
Andee Schueler Sherman, MT-BC
Andee is a board-certified music therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming, and used her knowledge of education by working with adults with disabilities for several years. During this time, Andee became interested in how research-based music therapy can affect positive, measurable changes in individuals’ lives. She recently received her Bachelor Equivalency degree in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana, completing her studies with an internship at Park Nicollet Health Systems in the Twin Cities. Andee has provided music therapy in settings including hospice, Parkinson’s Disease care, eating disorder recovery, in-patient mental health, children and adults with disabilities, and cancer care. She is experienced in both in-person therapy and telehealth. Outside of music therapy, Andee enjoys skiing, cooking, home projects, and making music with family and friends.
Shannon Wenzel, MT-BC
Shannon is a board-certified music therapist. She attended Augsburg University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Shannon was inspired to enter this field by her grandmother, who worked as a music therapist with veterans and mental health patients in the 50’s. Her legacy greatly influenced Shannon’s desire to help others find meaning and joy through music. She has experience working with older adults, individuals in memory care, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, adults with substance use disorders, transgender teens, and has a special place in her heart for work in a hospice care setting. In her personal time, Shannon loves making music for herself, singing karaoke, going to local shows, quality time with loved ones, and hiking with animal friends
Kristi McNellis, MT-BC
Kristi is a board-certified music therapist completing her master’s degree in music therapy at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. Before pursuing music therapy, she received degrees in piano performance and nursing from Augustana University. Kristi has experience utilizing music therapy with a broad range of clients across multiple settings, including in-patient hospital units for pediatrics and adults, memory care, long-term care, hospice, mental health, Parkinson’s, and cancer treatment. During her internship, she had the opportunity to work with clients through a virtual Harmonicas for Health program for patients with chronic respiratory diseases. While working as a nurse and teaching piano, Kristi became increasingly intrigued by music’s potential to address goals in all domains of wellness across of the lifespan. She believes in the importance of relationship and strives to combine evidence-based practice with kindness and competence in her work as a music therapist. Outside of music therapy, Kristi loves to spend time with her family, attend concerts, and experience the seasons by hiking the trails near Minnesota’s beautiful rivers and lakes.
Maggie Doherty, MT-BC
Maggie is a board-certified music therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Radford University, and recently completed her internship at Children’s Minnesota in the Twin Cities. While completing her undergraduate coursework, Maggie worked as both a certified nursing aid and life enrichment coordinator in a long-term care facility. This experience strengthened her passion for working within long-term and memory care. Maggie has experience working with individuals and groups in a variety of settings including long-term care, memory care, inpatient pediatric medical setting, and school setting. She also has experience in facilitating bereavement and eating disorder recovery groups. In her personal time, Maggie enjoys reading, going to concerts and comedy shows, making music, and spending time with friends and family.
Emily Dobson, MT-BC
Emily is a board-certified music therapist. She attended Drury University and received her Bachelor of Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in Celebrating Neurodiversity. She recently completed her internship at Children’s MN hospital in the Twin Cities. Emily has experience in a variety of settings including kids and adults with developmental disabilities, inpatient pediatric medical setting, and addiction recovery setting. She is particularly passionate about facilitating group music therapy sessions and has experience leading developmental groups in a pediatric oncology setting, eating disorder recovery groups, and older adult memory care groups. Emily believes in utilizing music to allow each individual to maximize their personal strengths. Outside of music therapy, Emily enjoys baking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.