Daniel Goldschmidt

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Daniel Goldschmidt, MT-BC received his bachelor of music education with a major in music therapy from the University of Kansas in 2012 and completed coursework for his master’s in music therapy from Colorado State University in 2019. While at CSU he supervised music therapy practicum students, taught clinical guitar class, and won a graduate research award for work on music therapy and music cognition. He also received a graduate certificate from Colorado State University in gender, power, and difference with a focus on whiteness in music therapy. He is currently working on his master’s thesis on the iso principle. The iso principle is a music therapy technique in which the therapist meets the client in the state they are in musically before trying to modify it. Daniel’s thesis addresses manipulating the tempo of music and how it affects the physiologic arousal of participants.

Daniel has used music to help people of all ages meet their therapeutic goals; including preschoolers, adolescents with special needs, members of the military, dementia care, and end-of-life care. Daniel started his own music therapy private practice in Richmond, VA serving dozens of organizations in Central Virginia from 2014 until he sold it in 2018. In 2016 Daniel won the Richmond Aging 2.0 pitch competition for his pitch on music therapy with older adults. Daniel has twice been published in Imagine (a peer-reviewed magazine for music therapists, 2018, 2019), and was featured on the AMTA pro podcast (October, 2018) discussing music and harm with frequent collaborator Brea Murakami. He has given interdisciplinary keynotes around the US on topics including music cognition (see his TEDx talk here), music as a tool for health professionals, and discussing the impacts of race and racism in music therapy. Beyond music therapy Daniel is also a composer/arranger with his music performed by choirs across the USA.

Daniel is excited to take his clinical experience as a music therapist, as well as his entrepreneurial experience from running a private practice, to Living Spirit Therapy Services, LLC.