MTAN Officers: Fall 2020- Spring 2021

PRESIDENT: Christine Figueras

Hi! My name is Christine Figueras. I am a senior at CSUN and the 2020/2021 MTAN President. I decided to pursue an education and career in music therapy because of an interest for working with veterans who have PTSD. The CSUN music therapy program has opened my eyes to so many applications of MT, and my current career goal is to work as a music therapist in a hospital, serving as many ages and diagnoses as possible. Outside of school I lead a worship ministry for my local parish. My hobbies include playing video games & Dungeons and Dragons, traveling, and spending quality time with my family. I am looking forward to serving as the MTAN president this year, and entering these uncharted territories of COVID19 with amazing classmates, professors, and supervisors!

VICE PRESIDENT: Karoline Thompson

Hey there! My name is Karoline Thompson and I am excited to be the MTAN Vice President for this upcoming year. I find the psychological and neurological aspects of music therapy to be fascinating and would love to conduct research and work with people who have experienced stroke or TBI.  I currently work as a Barista and love to drink and talk about coffee. This summer I am reading some fantasy novels, listening to psychology podcasts, growing vegetables on my tiny patio, and baking a lot of bread.  My journey into Music Therapy has simultaneously been the scariest most challenging thing I have done and the most rewarding and exciting. I am honored to be among an incredible group of people who support, encourage, and challenge each other to grow. To all of the incoming first years, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns or just want to connect!

SECRETARY: Cindy Leung

Hi, I am Cindy Leung and I am your 2020/2021 MTAN Secretary. I graduated at CSULB in 2018 with an emphasis in piano performance and decided to continue my education in music therapy because of my interest in applying my music skills in the community. One day, I hope to start up my own private practice alongside teaching. Aside from school, I am a music/piano instructor, pianist/organist/worship leader at the Calvary Church in Hawthorne, and finishing up my military contract. My hobbies include: outdoor activities, traveling, taking my dogs out, spending time with loved ones, and re-watching old movies. I look forward to meeting you all in the fall!

TREASURER: Aaron Kim

Hello everyone!  My name is Aaron Kim who is lucky enough to serve MTAN as Treasurer for the 2020-2021 year.  To briefly tell you about my goal in music therapy is to be the music therapist that God is looking for.  As far as my hobbies, I recently got into golfing and road bike cycling. Also, I love composing my songs here and there when inspiration hits me!
I am so excited to meet you! I remember how excited, scared, and happy I was as I was entering into the MT classroom on the first day of the program.  I don't know if we will be able to see each other face to face soon but I want to take every step needed to get to know you and offer help whenever I can!  Feel free to reach out to me with anything.
MTAN is here for you!

COMMUNICATIONS: Cassie Peters

Hi everyone, my name is Cassie Peters. I am one of two of your MTAN Communications Officers for the 2020-21 school year. It is such a pleasure to be a part of MTAN and the CSUN Music Therapy Program!  I received my bachelor's degree in Music in Worship at Biola University back in 2010. I had heard of music therapy here and there for many years, but admittedly felt a little scared to get back out there in the academic world, until recently. I have worked very closely with children with special needs for many years, and knew I had a heart for serving those who live with a disability or have experienced trauma, pain, and/or loss. My first year at the CSUN MT program has widely opened my eyes to the many avenues in which music not only helps people but also heals people. I am thrilled to continue to be surprised and astounded at what the power of music can do for helping and healing people. My hope is to eventually work towards getting my masters degree in counseling, and to work specifically with children and teenagers who are in the foster system, or who have experienced trauma.  I love practicing yoga, spending time outdoors, listening to tunes while driving around, hiking, camping, and spending time with the people I love. My deepest desire and calling is to connect with people.

COMMUNICATIONS: Gabrielle Sipin

Hi, hello! My name is Gabrielle Sipin and I am serving as one of the two Communication Officers for MTAN. I knew that I wanted to pursue music therapy from the very moment I learned of its existence. I want to make music therapy is more accessible to all populations, and would like to work specifically with homeless communities, prisoners, and youth from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an emphasis on mental health + wellness. In my free time, I love to draw, embroider, listen to funky jams, and learn new skills. I also occasionally lead worship and have a small interest in making different beverages (smoothies, iced coffee, boba, you name it!). Though this next semester of school will be a new experience for all of us, I'm counting on all of us to support each other through this new adventure. We are better together!

HISTORIAN: Shelby Figueroa

Hello my name is Shelby Figueroa and I am your MTAN Co-Historian for the 2020/2021 year. I am returning to school after being a Registered Nurse for 10+ years. I chose music therapy because, I have been able to experience the healing effects of music in my own life and music is the ultimate way I connect with others. I’m a singer-songwriter as well, and came out with an album entitled Highwire a few years ago which I can look back on as a very cathartic process towards greater health in my own life. I believe that what we create has a life and influence of its own that can be inspirational and life giving to ourselves and others. In addition to music, I enjoy coloring and drawing mandalas, anything involving Harry Potter, and spending time with my husband of 10 years.

HISTORIAN:  Kelly Sison

Hey everyone, my name is Kelly and I am one of the Historians that is serving in the MTAN committee for the 2020-2021 school year. I received my undergrad in percussion from CSUF and decided to continue my education in music therapy. It’s been a great experience and I’ve already learned so much about the profession and what makes it so different from other treatment modalities. I think what intrigues me the most about music therapy is that there are so many different ways to clinically apply music to help others across a vast multitude of populations! I’m looking forward to going back to school in the fall (virtually) and making this school year another successful one!  Some of my hobbies include playing video games and spending time with my family, friends, and pets

PARLIAMENTARIAN:  Danielle Miyazaki

Hey everyone, my name is Danielle Miyazaki. I’m the MTAN Parliamentarian for the 2020/2021 academic year! I am so honored to serve on the MTAN board this year and continue to be part of the CSUN Music Therapy Equivalency program.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Chapman University in 2017, and spent two years performing in the LA area, working as a Special Ed 1:1 Paraprofessional, and volunteering at Miller Children’s and Women’s hospital. My younger brother is on the autism spectrum and minimally verbal, so music has always been a profound love language for us. Furthermore, therapeutic Intervention; and Special Education in particular have always been close to my heart and having two years of work experience in the field really solidified my desire to pursue this career. In my first year at the CSUN MT program, I’d say my biggest transition was the shift in focus from virtuosity of musical performance toward client-centered musical interaction. I continue to be amazed by the diverse applications of music therapy, and humbled by each population I encounter in field work. My goal is to practice music therapy as part of a public-school district, and eventually open my own private practice. In addition, I am a massive nerd and I hope to contribute to the research literature of our generation!  I love dancing, being by the ocean, cooking, traveling, watching movies, meeting people, and spending time with people who I love.

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