Rachelle Norman

Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC

Adjunct Faculty - Music and Theatre Department


Education and Qualifications

Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy - University of Evansville

Master of Arts, Music Therapy - Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Board-Certified Music Therapist 2004-present

Professional Contributions

Areas of Specialization

  • Active clinician in senior care and hospice
  • Owner of Soundscaping Source, LLC, a private practice serving older adults, since 2004
  • Consultant for hospice and home care agencies starting music programs
  • Offers business coaching and professional supervision for board-certified music therapists working in eldercare

Professional Service/Membership

  • American Music Therapy Association (2002-present)
    Midwestern Region Government Relations Representative (2007-2013)
    Kansas State Advocacy Task Force (2010-2011)
    Missouri State Advocacy Task Force (2011-present)
  • Kansas City Metro Music Therapists (2008-present)
    President (2013-present)
    Secretary/Treasurer (2011-13)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women – Kansas City Alumnae Chapter
    Service Corps Chair (2012-present)
  • Eldercare Advocacy Organizations (2011-present)
    Mental Health and Aging Coalition
    Professionals in Aging
    Kansas City Partnership for Caregivers


Publications and Presentations

Norman, R. (2012). Music therapy assessment of older adults in nursing homes. Music Therapy Perspectives, 30, 8-16.

Music in Eldercare blog for music therapists, eldercare professionals, and family caregivers at soundscapingsource.com/blog

Frequent presenter at local, regional and national music therapy conferences on topics such as professional advocacy, ethics, business practices, cultural competence, and music therapy in eldercare and hospice

Frequent presenter at local eldercare organizations on music therapy and caregiving through music