Katie Fairbourn, MT-BC

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Neurologic Music Therapist

Katie Fairbourn, MT-BC , Neurologic Music Therapist completed her internship with Gilchrist Hospice in Baltimore Maryland and earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Utah State University. As a music therapist Katie strives to help others bring out the best versions of themselves by engaging them in person-centered musical experiences. She has experience working in memory care, assisted living, hospice, children’s hospitals, and special education. She is excited to continue to grow as a music therapist with Living Spirit Therapy Services, LLC! 

Katie grew up in a musical home, where her mother taught and encouraged violin lessons. Katie held leadership positions in school and community orchestras and was a 1st violinist in the prestigious Utah Youth Symphony during high school. Katie always admired and loved the feeling of connecting with others and creating something beautiful through music. While exploring different career paths, Katie came across music therapy. She loved how music therapy highlighted and encouraged those musical connections and was hooked.  

Determined to become a music therapist, Katie taught herself the piano, guitar and voice before being accepted into the music therapy program at Utah State University. She enjoys being a learner as well as a researcher. She took her Neurologic Music Therapy® training as a senior in college before conducting an award-winning phenomenological research project, A Phenomenological Inquiry of the Applicability of Neurologic Music Therapy® for a Student Music Therapist, as a capstone to her music therapy education.  

Katie believes that true happiness and life fulfillment comes from losing yourself in service. While in college, Katie spent her free time organizing and leading food recovery efforts throughout her community and helping hundreds of students each week struggling with food insecurity. This passion to serve others and make a difference in the community is what has pushed her to become a music therapist. Katie strives to be in tune with her patient’s/client’s/student’s needs to provide the best available techniques and practices that address those needs. Katie enjoys working with a variety of individuals and is excited to meet and work with the wonderful people of Minnesota.