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Linda Sanders

Adjunct Professor, Music Therapy and Music Education
Mary Pappert School of Music
Music Therapy

School of Music, Room 319
Phone: 412.396.6080


Post-baccalaureate Certification in Music Therapy, Duquesne University
M.R.E., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
B.M., Westminster College

Linda has 38 years of experience as a music therapist clinician with persons of all ages who have communication challenges and who have autism spectrum disorder. Her degrees and licensures include M.R.E., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; B.M., Westminster College; Post-baccalaureate Certification in Music Therapy, Duquesne University; Board Certified Music Therapist; Licensed Practical Counselor, State of Pennsylvania. She is a co-director and co-founder of Creative Therapies Enterprises, a company providing clinical and consulting services in the expressive arts therapies since 1978. She has extensive experience in presenting at regional, national and international music therapy conferences, conducting in-service training for teachers and healthcare professionals, and providing inclusion consultation to music educators.


"Perspectives of Paraeducators on Collaboration in Music Therapy Sessions"
Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 19(1),47-65.


"Paraeducators' Perceptions Of Music Therapy Sessions"
Music Therapy Perspectives, 30(2), 145-150.


Music for Special Children- Parent Training Video


Training Videotape for Teachers of Autistic Children


Music Is To Share

Conference Presentations

Paraeducator's Perceptions of Music Therapy Sessions
AMTA-Mid-Atlantic Region Conference 2013, Scranton, PA

Clinical Practice Forum
AMTA Annual Conference, 2012, Chicago, IL

What Paraprofessionals Want Music Therapists to Know
AMTA-Mid-Atlantic Region Conference, 2012, Baltimore, MD

A Music Therapy Research Process: The Collaboration of a Clinician and Academician
AMTA Annual Conference, 2011, Atlanta, GA

The Importance of Music Therapy in the Pre-transition Curriculum for Students with Challenges
Carlow University Graduate Education Program, 2011

The Use of Music Therapy Strategies in the Remediation of Communication Challenges
Speech Pathology Staff - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, 2011

Song Signing: A Multisensory Boost for Language Development
AMTA Annual Conference, 2010, Cleveland, OH
AMTA- Mid-Atlantic Region Annual Conference, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA


Junior Practicum MUTH 323W
Senior Practicum MUTH 423W
Inclusive Teaching Strategies for the Music Classroom MUED 322


Music Therapy Orientation MUTH 107


Music and Movement for the Exceptional Person

1993; 2002

Sophomore, Junior and Senior Practica


2003 - Licensed Practical Counselor (LPC), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

1985 - Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC), Certification Board for Music Therapy

1976 - Registered Music Therapist, National Association for Music Therapy