Daniela Schmiedlechner is a board-certified music therapist and received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. She completed her Equivalency in Music Therapy from the University of Miami, where she experienced working with children, adolescents and adults and gained a strong foundation in Neurologic Music Therapy. She has experience working in a variety of places such as a hospital settings, school settings, and an adult day training center. She completed her internship at United Cerebral Palsy in Miami, FL.
She is excited to continue to provide meaningful music experiences that help to improve quality of life as part of the Living Spirit Therapy team. Her love for music began early on in her life and she could never have arrived where she is today without her number one fan, her younger brother Matteo who has cerebral palsy. His passion for living life to the fullest has inspired her to help others through the use of music.
Daniela enjoys being involved in the music therapy community. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association as well as the Music Therapy Association of Minnesota. Additionally, she held a former position as secretary of the southeastern region AMTA – students. In 2016, she had the opportunity to present her research proposal at the poster session at the southeastern region American music therapy conference titled, The Effect of Therapeutic Instrumental Music Performance (TIMP) on Fine Motor Upper Extremity Skills in Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy.
One aspect Daniela brings in her endeavors is diversity. She was born in Cyprus and grew up in a household with an Italian mother and Austrian father in Ukraine. Thus, she has had the opportunity to grow up speaking four languages, namely English, German, Italian, and Russian. She is eager to be able to use these linguistic skills to better serve the community.