AZMTA promotes the professional interests and needs of Music Therapists, instilling ethical standards and professional growth of it's members, advocating for persons that would benefit from Music Therapy Services, and supporting the aims and objectives of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

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AZMTA Executive Board

Mary Gaughan, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

Mary Gaughan is a board-certified music therapist living in Flagstaff, AZ. She received her bachelor's degree in music therapy from Arizona State University in May 2015. Upon graduating, Mary completed her 6 month internship with Seasons Hospice in Orange County, California and became a board-certified music therapist in January 2016. Mary has 6 years clinical experience working in the hospice setting and is currently working with children and young adults with disabilities. Having recently relocated to Flagstaff, Mary is excited to have a new private practice in Northern Arizona called Peak Music Therapy, LLC offering music therapy services to clients of all ages and abilities. When she isn't working with her clients you can find her adventuring with her dog Nalah, scaling the sides of cliffs rock climbing, mountain biking, or camping.

Mary joined the AZMTA board in May 2019 as the media relations board member, and is excited to now be serving in the role of president. Mary hopes to continue to represent, advocate for, and expand the Arizona music therapy community and ensure that this is an organization where all music therapists feel represented, can learn, grow, network, and gain new experiences through the diverse events offered by AZMTA.

Christine Heaps, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist, Certified Activity Director, Certified Dementia Practitioner

Christine Heaps is a board-certified music therapist, certified activity director, and certified dementia practitioner. A native of Oklahoma, she graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2005 and completed her music therapy internship at Arbor View Senior Living (formerly Colorado Lutheran Home) in Arvada, Colorado in 2006.

Except for one year in Texas, Christine has been in the Phoenix area since completing her internship. She has worked with pediatric, young adult and senior adult populations as well as owned her own business teaching piano lessons and facilitating early childhood music groups. Currently, Christine is the Active Living Director at Copper Creek Inn Memory Care Community in Chandler.

Christine enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, and son, Weston. She especially loves attending Music Together classes with them. She also enjoys being a part of her church (Church on Mill in Tempe) where she volunteers in the Children's Ministry.

Christine is very excited to be a part of the AZMTA board and has been serving as Vice President since January 2020.

Vice President


Stephanie Geare, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

Beginning at a young age, Stephanie started with violin and has continued to lay the groundwork for a musical career. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Arizona State University in 2011 after an internship with a variety of children and adults with developmental delays. She continues to offer private music therapy to this population in addition to providing music therapy in the field of acute and residential mental health for over 5 years at Oasis Behavioral Health.

Stephanie received a certification in music education proficiency from the Center for Music and Young Children in 2015 and teaches Music Together as well. She is a mother to two and enjoys gardening and yoga in her spare time. She is thrilled to be working on the board of AZMTA as secretary and treasurer since January 2021 and connecting with the music therapy community.

Ellie Bautista, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

Ellie Bautista is a board certified music therapist living in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her bachelor's degree in music therapy from Appalachian State University and is currently pursuing her master's degree from Arizona State University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ellie has worked with a range of populations - from older adults to school-aged children – in a number of different settings. Ellie's professional music therapy experience has centered around hospice music therapy and working with older adults with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. She is certified as a Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider for those who have experienced traumatic loss, and has completed the Child and Adolescent Grief & Loss Music Therapy Institute.

Ellie has previously served as the Vice President of AZMTA and now in her role as Media Relations is able to spread the word of the myriad opportunities the association has to offer to members and the greater Arizona community.

Media Relations


Upcoming Events

AZMTA hosts an annual symposium with CMTE classes, as well as other opportunities to network with professionals in the music therapy profession. Students and patients are also invited to join us at these events. See our Events Page for information on upcoming events.

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What is
music therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings.

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • - Promote Wellness
  • - Manage Stress
  • - Alleviate Pain
  • - Express Feelings
  • - Enhance Memory
  • - Improve Communication
  • - Promote Physical Rehabilitation
Music Therapy FAQ's

What is a qualified
music therapist?

National board certification requires that each music therapist has met the eligibility requirements to sit for (and pass) the Certified Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) exam.

Requirements include:

  • - A bachelor's degree or higher in music therapy from an AMTA approved college and university programs.
  • - In-depth knowledge in three main areas: musical foundations, clinical foundations, and music therapy foundations & principles as specified in the AMTA Professional Competencies.
  • - A minimum of 1200 hours of clinical training, including a supervised internship, prior to earning certification.
Learn more at CBMT.org


AZMTA is a fantastic way to connect music therapists and students together! We offer networking opportunites, educational resources, symposiums, and a directory to make it easier for clients to find and connect with qualified therapists.

Membership Benefits

See our directory for a qualified Music Therapist in Arizona

All AZMTA therapists are board certified music therapists who have sucessfully completed the required training curriculum and have passed an independant examination by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

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