Titia Martin-Nagel, MT-BC

Titia Martin-Nagel has been the music therapist for Maya’s Music Therapy Fund (MMTF) since its inception in 1989, providing individual and group music therapy and coordinating the annual Maya’s Spring Music Festival. Her expertise and length of tenure have enabled MMTF to offer consistent services of the highest quality since its beginning.

Titia was born and raised in the Netherlands, and graduated there in 1982 with a major in music therapy. Her first job was at a psychiatric hospital for adults in Rotterdam, where she established a music therapy program for the 850-bed facility. She also taught music therapy at the Maastricht Conservatory of Music.

After immigrating to the United States in 1986, Titia transferred her degree and experience into the certifying system recognized by the American Music Therapy Association. She was granted the title of Registered Music Therapist (RMT) in 1986 and became an MT-BC, a Board Certified Music Therapist, in 1995. Titia has been a guest speaker and presenter of workshops on music therapy throughout the years and regularly attends music therapy conferences.

In addition to her work with Maya’s Music Therapy Fund, Titia has worked with a great diversity of clients, including:

  • Infants 0-3 years old at the Easter Seal Therapy and Learning Center of San Francisco (1987)
  • Adults with schizophrenia at the Cordilleras Mental Health Center in Redwood City (1987-1989)
  • Children with physical and developmental disabilities ages 3-10 at the Children's Center for Movement Therapy in San Francisco (1987-1990)
  • Severely emotionally disturbed children ages 6-16 at both the Child and Family Treatment Center (1991) and Edgewood Children's Center (1992-1993) in San Francisco
  • Students of the Special Day Class at Albany High School (2007-2009).
  • Adults with developmental disabilities, at Alegria Community Living, an Oakland based program with group homes throughout the East Bay (2008 until present)

On June 8, 2011, the Developmental Disabilities Council of Contra Costa presented to Titia Martin-Nagel a Special Recognition Award for her continued involvement and commitment to the improvement of services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. She was nominated by the mother of a participant of one of her music therapy groups, who was impressed with Titia's work with her daughter at the annual Spring Music Festival. The award given by the Disabilities Council was accompanied by a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly, a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate, and a Certificate of Special Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Titia has also taught private piano lessons to children and adults with and without disabilities. She and her American musician husband have three adult children - two daughters and a son.

MT-BC abbreviates "Music Therapist-Board Certified." The certifying board explains, "The credential Music Therapist - Board Certified (MT-BC) is granted by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) to identify music therapists who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to practice music therapy at the current level of the profession. The purpose of board certification in music therapy is to provide an objective national standard that can be used as a measure of professionalism by interested agencies, groups, and individuals."

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