Tracy is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), and a Professor of Music Therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Music therapists are, first and foremost, MUSICIANS. However they also receive several years of specialized knowledge and clinical training in how to create music experiences to help people with a wide variety of therapeutic needs (that's really oversimplified, but it's a start!). For more information go to the American Music Therapy Association and the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy.
Tracy's music therapy practice is focused on people with mental health issues, those coping with cancer and other illnesses, and people seeking increased wellness. Tracy also holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education; her music therapy practice is enriched by her counseling knowledge and skills.
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Tracy has given professional presentations at state, regional, and national conferences on such topics as:
She has facilitated expressive songwriting workshops with groups such as breast cancer survivors, military couples, women's groups, and bereaved individuals. In these workshops each attendee not only participates in the actual writing of a group song but also receives a recording of that song after the workshop.
Tracy has written and recorded personalized songs for corporations, groups, and individuals.
Tracy grew up on a farm in rural Indiana listening to the music of the Carpenters, the Eagles, Helen Reddy, the Bee Gees, Carole King, the Beatles, James Taylor...and a lot more. Most of all she loved music by singer-songwriters, music with great harmonies, and of course, music with prominent keyboard parts! She began piano lessons at age 9, began writing songs at age 10, and was playing keyboards and singing in a band at age 15. The first album she owned was "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy (perhaps foreshadowing her attending and teaching at a women's college, and developing a passion for women's issues).
In the 80's she was the female vocalist and keyboard player in several bands and had the opportunity to perform from Chicago to Nashville, and across the midwest. She also was fortunate to be in bands that opened for such greats as George Strait, Randy Travis, John Conlee, and Keith Whitley. As a solo performer she opened for Earl Thomas Conley and Little Anthony.
Although she's sung country, rock, pop and other styles, these days she is most passionate about singing and playing her own compositions, which tend to be a blend of blues, folk, pop, country, and whatever else feels right in the moment. She currently listens to a variety of music, but especially appreciates bold women artists like Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Sara Bareillis, Brandi Carlile, and Patti Griffin, among others. She also performs with an awesome 70's cover band called Tapestry.