MIRIAM SHERK MMT, MT-BC
Miriam Sherk is a board-certified music therapist and founder of Ann Arbor Music Therapy, LLC. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and her Master of Music Therapy Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Miriam practices within a person-centered, strength-based model of music therapy, using music as a tool to help clients engage in successful experiences, enhance communication, find space for connection, emotional expression and growth, and learn and practice new emotional/behavioral skills.
Miriam has enjoyed a broad focus of practice, working with people of varied needs throughout the lifespan including: children and adults seeking emotional and/or behavioral support, including neurodiverse children and adults, children and adults with developmental differences, mental illness, and physical or mental disabilities. Miriam also works with older adults with dementia, older adults with social/emotional support needs, and supporting older adults and families in end-of-life care. Miriam has provided music therapy services in schools, inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics, community behavioral health programs, memory care units, assisted living facilities and home-based hospice care.
Miriam lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, son and daughter. She enjoys biking and hiking with her family, practicing yoga and playing the bassoon with the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra.
SOPHIE HEITKAMP, MT-BC
Sophie Heitkamp is a board-certified music therapist and received her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. Sophie also has additional certifications in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and NICU Music Therapy (NICU-MT).
Sophie practices with a person-centered, humanistic approach of music therapy, in which music is used to promote an individual's goals and overall well-being. Within the supportive music therapy environment, individuals can engage in music experiences to promote communication skills, allow for opportunities for emotional expression and connection, and build and practice motor skills.
Sophie has experience working in a pediatric hospital in a variety of units including inpatient rehabilitation, intensive care units, and general care, as well as inpatient child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry to provide opportunities for emotional expression, build positive coping skills, promote rehabilitation goals, and support end-of-life care. She has a passion for working with children with autism to provide services to promote sensory regulation and opportunities for social engagement.
Sophie lives in Ypsilanti and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. In addition to music, she enjoys running, paddle boarding, and volunteering with her church’s music ministry team.