Music Therapy

AMUSE Music Center is immensely proud of the music therapy available in our music programs.  Ami Kunimura, board certified music therapist, will conduct individual music therapy as well as adapted guitar and piano instruction to children and adults with special needs.  Stacie Shewmake, board certified music therapist, will conduct individual music therapy as well as adapted voice and guitar instruction to children and adults with special needs.

Music therapy is a health profession that uses music for non-musical purposes in reaching physical, emotional, cognitive, and social goals.  Using music as a therapeutic tool has shown to be an effective and practical way to reach the whole person by improving self-esteem, communication, socialization, cognition, self-expression, reality orientation, emotional balance, relaxation and motor skills in individuals with various physical, emotional and neurological disorders.  Music therapy sessions are designed on an individual  basis using various goal-oriented interventions and activities such as instrument playing, singing, songwriting, listening, lyric analysis, improvisation, and movement.  No music experience or skill is required on the client’s part as the focus is on the secondary gains.

Adapted instrument instruction uses music therapy interventions for the purposes of music education, recreational music and improved quality of life.  In individual adapted lessons the focus is on the instruction of one instrument with both therapeutic and educational approaches.

Ami Kunimura, MT-BC, received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and a Board Certification in Music Therapy from Chapman University.  She has been practicing music therapy since 2006 in private and group settings.  Her professional experience includes working with autism, schizophrenia, mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma recovery and addiction.  Ami’s clinical experience includes working in treatment and recovery for mental health disorders, substance abuse, trauma, eating disorders, addiction, cancer, stroke, and developmental disabilities.  Ami specializes in music therapy programs for emotional well-being, personal challenges, mental health, and personal growth.

Stacie Shewmake, MT-BC, received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and is a member of the American Music Therapy Association.  She is a Sound Birthing Music TM, LLC Creative Arts Birthing Instructor and Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth practitioner, a DONA International trained doula, and completed training in Postpartum Music Therapy and Music Together, LLC Early Childhood Teaching.  Stacie is currently providing music therapy services for many pediatric units around the South Bay including: LAC+USC Medical Center and White Memorial Medical Center in East L.A., Harbor UCLA in Torrance, and AMUSE Palos Verdes Music Center.  Stacie specializes in a Creative Arts Birthing Preparation for Childbirth, which focuses on prenatal bonding with your baby in utero and more.


  • Individual music therapy – $70 / 45 minute session
  • Individual adapted guitar or piano: $70/ 45 minute session
  • Individual music therapy – $45 / 30 minute session
  • Individual adapted guitar or piano: $45 / 30 minute session