Ms Rashmi Ethiraju, Certified Music therapist from NADA centre of Music Therapy and MS in psychotherapy and counselling

Profile and Area of Expertise

My Music Therapy journey (13 years and still going on)
(Certified Music therapist from NADA centre of Music Therapy and MS in psychotherapy and
counselling, PGD in SEN, Certificate in Counselling Teachers and Certificate in Teaching)
“Be the change that you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi said; is what I always
believe.
Apart from training in Carnatic classical vocal since childhood, I also have been trained in other
genres of music (light music, folk music, playback singing and a short term western vocal
course). I had worked for a software firm but music was always a passion for me. I always had
compassion and empathy towards differently able individuals. This made me to explore avenues
in this area. I approached “Meera centre for Music Therapy Education and Research” in the
year 2009 and since then my personal and professional growth is continuing in a positive
direction under the able guidance and support of Dr Meenakshi Ravi, training children and adults
with different abilities: such as ADD, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Down’s syndrome, Cerebral
palsy, personality disorder, Schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, etc employing various techniques
enabling to address their non musical goals through music.
Services Offered:
I served as a Music Therapist at “Richmond Fellowship Society” – Rehabilitation centre for
mentally challenged individuals for 2 years.
I also served as a Music Therapist at “Brindavan Education Trust” – A Centre for Children with
Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia) and “Tom and Jerry Nursery and Special School”- an
Integrated School for normal children and children with different abilities.
Working with pregnant women through music has yielded very good results to ease anxiety and stress which are common in pregnancy. Positive approach to maintain their health and care for the fetus is one of the results found in pregnant women.
Another area of Music Therapy which has always been close to my heart is Geriatric care and old age. Different types of Geriatric cases like Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, Bone fractures, Retinomyropathy, Nerve degeneration, Depression, Aphasic (post operative speechproblem), other old age issues were the clients at Old Age Home – “Faith Foundation for
elderly care”.
Music teacher at Shankar Mahadevan Academy for Joyful Choir (Band for Autistic children)
and Dignity Foundation (Enabling senior citizens age gracefully by giving them joy of
music)
I have been growing as a resource person giving lecture demonstrations on different
dimensions of Music Therapy.
• Impact of music therapy on geriatric care and old age – Music therapy conference
organized by NADA center (23/10/2016)
• Disorders and case study presentations in a Music Therapy workshop “SAMA”
organized by ASHA foundation (25/10/2017)
• Interviewed by News India channel regarding Music Therapy sharing my personal
experience (27/05/2017)
• About various disorders, experiential analysis and case study presentation
organized by a software firm VM Ware for their employees (28/02/2018)
• Case study presentation in Ananya auditorium at a Music Therapy workshop
(10/06/2018)
• Case study presentation, personal experience and qualities of a Music Therapist at a
Music Therapy conference organized by IMTA at Hyderabad (23/02/2019)
• Applications of Music Therapy, qualities of a Music Therapist and experiential
analysis at a Music Therapy conference organized by IMTA at Hubli (10/03/2019)
• Have given an awareness program about Music Therapy on the occasion of world
Music day organized by FM 91.1 (21/06/2019)
• Experiential analysis – case study presentation at a national Music therapy
conference organized by Manollasini trust (08/12/2019)
• Presentation on various concepts of music therapy in a 2 day workshop organized
by Jain college for students pursuing masters in psychology (06/03/2020 and
07/03/2020)
• Awareness talk on Music Therapy on the occasion of world Music day organized by
IT nature trust and Rotary Bangalore Health city (21/06/2020)
• Music Therapy for self and others on world Music day in web series organized by
IMTA (21/06/2020)
• Music Therapy for self and others: Application of Music Therapy at various stages
of life in the 3rd annual international Music Therapy conference organized by IMTA
(06/12/2020)
• Guest faculty for Music therapy course for Medical practitioners and Paramedicals
– Yenepoya Medical college, Mangalore (Dec 2021 and Jan 2022)
• Faculty and Course coordinator for the Music therapy course (NADAVIKASANA)
by Meera Centre for Music therapy Education and Research (August 2021 to
March 2022)
Being a music therapist has enabled me to learn many new techniques, adapting to various
environments, acceptance, has increased my level of creativity, perception and patience. I have
been using different forms of Carnatic music therapeutically, in accordance with the needs of the
clients helping them cope up with their difficulties.
I have contributed two chapters for a Music therapy book – “Health and Harmony”
authored by Dr Meenakshi Ravi released in Music Therapy conference (08/12/2019)

Experience (Current Position & Previous Positions)
  • I served as a Music Therapist at “Richmond Fellowship Society” – Rehabilitation centre for mentally challenged individuals for 2 years.
  • I also served as a Music Therapist at “Brindavan Education Trust” – A Centre for Children with Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia)
  • Music teacher at Shankar Mahadevan Academy for Joyful Choir (Band for Autistic children) and Dignity Foundation
Education & Certificates
  • Certified Music therapist from NADA centre of Music Therapy and MS in psychotherapy and counselling, PGD in SEN, Certificate in Counselling Teachers and Certificate in Teaching)
Awards

Awards and Recognitions:

  • I was bestowed with “Bhoomika- iconic women award” on the occasion of International
  • Women’s day organized by Eastern Masala (08/03/2020)
  • Received “Nada Award of Excellence” by Nada centre of Music Therapy (01/01/2021)
  • Received the Title “Meera’s Music Therapy Excellency Award” from Meera Centre for Music Therapy Education and Research (03/04/2022) for my service to the field of Music Therapy
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Languages

English, Kannada

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