Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Chrissy Renick received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Maryville University and is currently a board certified music therapist. A music therapy degree uniquely combines traditional music studies with courses in music therapy and psychology, along with supervised clinical training. In addition, she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in Jazz Studies at Webster University.
As a music therapist, Chrissy has experienced working with individuals with a wide range of abilities and has transferred her skills in being flexible and adaptable to her role as a lesson instructor.
As a lesson instructor, Chrissy believes in creating musical goals that are both individualized and collaborative, meaning that the student plays a valuable role in developing their own musical goals. She also understands that each student has different learning styles, and therefore may use a multi-sensory approach through visual aids, movement, or games (when age appropriate) that teach musical concepts. Though method books are often utilized in her lessons to provide structure, Chrissy will incorporate student-preferred music into learning whenever possible.
In addition to working as a music therapist and instructor, Chrissy has had 7+ years of professional performing and studio experience as a contemporary singer. She has performed with well-known St. Louis groups, including Analog Thief, The People’s Key, Fresh Heir, Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters, Steve Ewing Band, and the Diamond Empire Band. Chrissy has also written and performed original material as a solo artist and in 2012 released an EP, A Thousand Shades, which was featured in the Riverfront Times. Chrissy is dedicated to her own growth as a musician, instructor, performer, and songwriter. Currently, she is in pursuit of recording a new album as well as expanding performance to a national and international level.