“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears, it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear.”

– Dr. Oliver Sacks, Physician, Professor, Author

Erica Fernandez, MM, MT-BC earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music from Florida Atlantic University in 2017. She went to study music therapy at Florida State University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in 2019. Erica became board certified in December 2019 and holds a NICU-MT certification for the completion of the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy training. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Erica worked in Tallahassee, FL where she provided music therapy services for individuals with a variety of developmental diagnoses in schools, private settings, and for older adults in memory care and assisted living facilities.

Erica Fernandez, MM, MT-BC

Laura Kay earned her Bachelor’s in Oboe Performance from the State University of New York at Potsdam with a minor in psychology in 2015. She went on to study music therapy at the University of Kentucky, receiving her board certification in 2017 and her Master of Music in Music Therapy degree in 2018. Before relocating to Jacksonville, Laura Kay worked for two private practices in Lexington, KY, serving individuals and groups with a variety of diagnoses in both the public school system and at locations throughout the county.

Steven Amburn, MT-BC

First Coast Music Therapy, LLC is a privately owned local business dedicated to providing quality, clinical music therapy services and educational resources to the people of Northeast Florida.

Music and sound play an integral role in our lives and can be a powerful tool for many people to enhance their quality of life, regardless of age, ability or training.

Using evidence-based practices, First Coast Music Therapy, LLC offers inspiring solutions for clients.

Steven studied music therapy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO and earned his board certification in 2014. Steven spent two years working with patients and families at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester, VA from 2014-2015. Steven relocated to Jacksonville, FL in 2016 and opened First Coast Music Therapy, LLC. Steven now provides music therapy services for clients of all ages with diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Depression and other neurologic diseases as well as school groups for children with special needs and clinical services for children with cancer and blood disorders at one of the leading pediatric clinics in Northeast Florida.

Madison Whelan, MM, MT-BC

Madison has been a board-certified music therapist since December 2016. She completed her Bachelor’s degree and internship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and recently earned her Master’s degree from Florida State University. Madison also holds the designation NICU-MT for completion of the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy training. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Madison provided music therapy services for children and adults in Tallahassee, FL.

First Coast Music Therapy


achieving goals of the mind, body & soul

Laura Kay Cahoon, MM, MT-BC