Tonya Blum is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a certified Early Childhood-12th Grade Music Teacher. She received her Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Denton after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Music-Flute from Henderson State University in Arkansas.
Growing up moving around the world with a mother in the Air Force, Tonya’s refuge was always music and she found it was a great way to connect with new people. She began playing piano at 5 years old and flute at 11 but never imagined a career in music until she was a college freshman studying biology. It was then that a music therapy student introduced her to a career that could blend her love of research and musical skills in order to help people attain their personal goals. During her years in school, Tonya also learned to play various instruments that might be used in music therapy (and just because playing music is fun!): guitar, ukulele, autoharp, mandolin, and mallet percussion. After completing her internship at the Denton State School and receiving her certification, Tonya worked for 9 years as a contract music therapist throughout North Texas with various public and private schools, Alzheimer’s clinics and active senior groups, as well as providing one-to-one in-home music therapy services. In 2013 she was certified to teach public school, found a job at a charter school, and helped them develop a comprehensive Kindergarten-6th Grade music program including after school clubs for choir, guitar, recorder, and xylophone. Though she loved the music program and her amazing students, she missed music therapy and felt that was where she belonged. In 2017, Tonya returned to music therapy facilitating groups at senior homes and an Autism therapy clinic as well as one-to-one services. She is very excited to begin music therapy groups and individual services at DAMPA.