Noriko Nakamura is a Master’s level board-certified music therapist, neurologic music therapist-fellow (advanced level), and hospice & palliative care certified music therapist (120 hours of advanced training in hospice music therapy). She has been working as a clinician in the Kansas City area for 15 years.
Noriko began receiving piano lessons and ear training at the age of three, which helped her develop perfect pitch. She plays music by ear and by notation. Her musical skills include piano, guitar, voice, ukulele, and autoharp. Noriko obtained her music therapy degrees (bachelor and master) from the University of Kansas. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in music therapy in addition to her work.
When Noriko is not working or being in school, she enjoys playing with her dogs, doing yoga, taking walks, and trying new recipes.
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