Shonda Malik, MT-BC Board Certified Music Therapist
Shonda Malik, MT-BC
Education/Training Shonda Malik graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, cum laude. During her time At OU, Shonda was a member of the National music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota and winner of the Dudley Hall Academic Scholarship.
Shonda completed her undergraduate music therapy internship in Richmond, Virginia at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Adolescents (VTCC). While at VTCC, Shonda created and directed a therapeutic play for the adolescents entitled “Find Your Own Rhythm.” The play was hugely successful among clients and staff.
Shonda completed a Master’s Degree at Wright State University in the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program. She is using the credential of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) towards expanding her resources in the interest of the highest quality care for the clients she is privileged to serve.
Experience After completing her undergraduate internship, Shonda spent a summer in Big Bay, Michigan as the camp music therapist for an 8-week therapy camp for children with developmental disabilities. Highlights of the camp included conducting a bell choir of boys with hearing impairments, leading the campers in songs around the campfire on her guitar, and helping a girl with cerebral palsy increase her breath support by learning to play the melodica.
Shonda’s next employment was in the capacity of an Activity Director at a not-for-profit nursing home with Assisted Living and Long-Term Care Residents. Shonda directed the daily recreation programming, trained staff, and incorporated music therapy into the services. A special interest project was developing an intergenerational program with preschoolers and their mothers from a local church.
Shonda then joined the staff at Miami Valley Music Therapy which serves the Dayton, Ohio area. Populations served include public schools, adult day programming, long-term residential for adults with developmental disabilities, integrated preschool classrooms, hospice, and home based services. A specialty of focus is work with children on the autism spectrum.
Shonda then began her own music therapy company, Music Therapy Care LLC. Contracts currently held include day programs for adults with developmental disabilities, a private school autism program in Kettering and private home visits.
In addition to practicing music therapy, Shonda has taught piano for ten years, working with both typical and special needs students.