Noriko, Music Therapist


Noriko Nakamura is a board-certified music therapist, neurologic music therapist-fellow (advanced level), and hospice & palliative care certified music therapist. She has 15 years of experience as a clinical music therapist. Noriko has worked with a variety of clients, such as persons with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and history of stroke.

Noriko began receiving piano lessons and ear training at the age of three, which helped her develop perfect pitch. Her musical skills include piano, guitar, voice, ukulele, and autoharp. Noriko obtained her music therapy degrees (bachelor and master) from the University of Kansas. In addition, she successfully completed the neurologic music therapy fellowship training (advanced level) and 120 hours of advanced training in hospice & palliative care music therapy. Noriko enjoys working with individuals with all abilities.

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Nov. 2014: Presented “Music Therapy in Acute Care Settings” (CEU for professionals) at North Kansas City Hospital

Nov. 2013: Presented “Evidence-Based Practice: Music Therapy in Hospice” (CEU for professionals) at Northcare Hospice

May 2012: Presented “Cultural Competency – East Asia” at a training held by Kansas City Metro Music Therapists (KCMMT)

Nov. 2011: Co-presented “Life Quality through Music Therapy over Expanded Life Spans in Dementia Care” with Dr. Alicia Clair, Ph.D., MT-BC, and Ms. Yu-Ling Chen at the American Music Therapy Association National Conference.

May 2011: Co-presented “Music Therapy to Add Life Quality to Expanded Life Spans” with Dr. Alicia Clair, Ph.D., MT-BC, Dr. Toby Turner, and Ms. Yu-Ling Chen at Landon Center on Aging, University of Kansas Medical Center


Master of Music Education with Major in Music Therapy (MME), University of Kansas, 2013

Bachelor of Music Education with Major in Music Therapy (BME), University of Kansas, 2003


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