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.
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Kayla Shafer, MA, MT-BC
Music Therapist & Founder
Kayla is a 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 has served 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
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.
Chantise Hunt, MA, MT-BC
Chantise received her Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Denver and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
She has experience working with a variety of populations including: children and adults with developmental disabilities, neurotypical preschool-aged children, pediatric and adult medical patients, pediatric and adult oncology patients, adults in hospice care, and adults with Huntington’s disease. Chantise is passionate about helping individuals to achieve goals through music that they can generalize to their everyday lives.
Through her Master’s work, Chantise has gained a passion for research. She has worked as a research assistant on two projects through the University of Minnesota and one project through Children’s Minnesota. Chantise is also currently conducting her Master’s thesis.
Outside of music therapy, Chantise loves to knit, sew, watch Netflix, bake, spend time outside, dance, listen to/make music, play with her kittens, and spend time with family and friends.
Heath Marvel, BM, MT-BC
Neurologic Music Therapist
Heath is a board-certified music therapist and Neurologic Music Therapist. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from Concordia College, specializing in percussion studies, then attended the University of Minnesota’s program to become a board-certified music therapist.
Heath has experience working as a music therapist with a variety of populations including: adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities, individuals on the autism spectrum, and pediatric and adult medical patients, particularly those rehabilitating from brain injury, spinal cord injury, other traumatic and non-traumatic injuries, and complex surgeries.
Outside of music therapy, Heath enjoys going to movies and live music, playing board games, exercise of almost any kind, listening to podcasts, and eating sweets.