Steven earned his Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in Music Therapy from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO in 2014. Shortly thereafter, he tested and gained certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). While at CSU, Steven studied principles of Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and experienced practicum settings primarily with children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Prior to finishing his coursework, Steven developed a treatment rationale and presentation entitled, “NMT for attention and motor goals in a child with autism”, which reviewed existing research in the fields of music therapy and neuroscience to demonstrate the potential benefits of music therapy interventions.
Following his time at CSU, Steven completed a 6-month internship at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester, VA, providing music therapy service to people with terminal diagnoses. During this time, Steven designed a small, unpublished research study, “The effect of music therapy on patient-caregiver interactions in hospice”, which demonstrated the effectiveness of music therapy to enhance interactions with loved ones while receiving hospice care.
Shortly after finishing his internship, Steven was hired as a full-time music therapist at Blue Ridge Hospice. He participated in running support groups and bereavement groups for children and adults in addition to providing clients with music therapy services. Steven worked with a team of doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, counselors and to maximize quality of life through cognitive, communicative, emotional, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual means.
Steven moved to Jacksonville, FL in December 2015 and opened First Coast Music Therapy, LLC in June 2016 to provide educational resources and music therapy services to the First Coast community. Steven is a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
"Music is an incredible medium for healing and growth, one as physiological
as it is psychological. It also helps us learn, organize our thoughts and synchronize our actions. Music not only touches our hearts, but it changes our brains as well.
"In a clinical setting, music therapy combines the inherent power of music with scientific knowledge - the rational evidence of music's effectiveness - to meet goals and improve the quality of life of clients."
Steven N. Amburn, MT-BC
achieving goals of the mind, body and soul
First Coast Music Therapy, LLC