MUSIC THERAPIST

Kristina Twilt

FACULTY WEST

Kristina Twilt

Kristina Twilt is is a certified music therapist who believes that no matter our age, everyone loves to play and desires to make meaningful connections with others.  She grew up surrounded by the Greek Orthodox faith, and as a child was attuned to music, learning piano, flute, and voice.  She obtained a Bachelors of Computer Science in 2010, and worked as a website developer for a few years, during this time beginning a personal journey.  She was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and was referred to a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, which reignited her quest for spirituality in a new way.  After some therapy and a lot of soul searching, she discovered the profession of music therapy, and decided to return to school to use her love for music to serve people directly.  She was accepted into Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and was part of the second cohort of the Bachelors of Community Music program for two years before transitioning into music therapy.  Her studies gave her a rich perspective of communities, social justice, empathy, Indigenous teachings, empowering others, and breaking down hierarchical structures.  

During her studies she sang at Lutheran and United churches, becoming acquainted with a new world of hymns and choral music, continuing also to practice meditation, and finding support and growth in the intersections of music, meditation, and spirituality.  She was also reacquainted with her thirst for curiosity and play, completing a 1,000 hr internship at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, where she worked with children 6 months to 18 years recovering from various injuries, surgeries, and illnesses.  Kristina graduated with her Bachelors of Music Therapy in 2021.  She currently lives in Toronto with her husband and his grandmother, and works as a music therapist Durham Region with Creative Minds Music Therapy with children with ASD and clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kristina Twilt is is a certified music therapist who believes that no matter our age, everyone loves to play and desires to make meaningful connections with others.  She grew up surrounded by the Greek Orthodox faith, and as a child was attuned to music, learning piano, flute, and voice.  She obtained a Bachelors of Computer Science in 2010, and worked as a website developer for a few years, during this time beginning a personal journey.  She was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and was referred to a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, which reignited her quest for spirituality in a new way.  After some therapy and a lot of soul searching, she discovered the profession of music therapy, and decided to return to school to use her love for music to serve people directly.  She was accepted into Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and was part of the second cohort of the Bachelors of Community Music program for two years before transitioning into music therapy.  Her studies gave her a rich perspective of communities, social justice, empathy, Indigenous teachings, empowering others, and breaking down hierarchical structures.  

During her studies she sang at Lutheran and United churches, becoming acquainted with a new world of hymns and choral music, continuing also to practice meditation, and finding support and growth in the intersections of music, meditation, and spirituality.  She was also reacquainted with her thirst for curiosity and play, completing a 1,000 hr internship at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, where she worked with children 6 months to 18 years recovering from various injuries, surgeries, and illnesses.  Kristina graduated with her Bachelors of Music Therapy in 2021.  She currently lives in Toronto with her husband and his grandmother, and works as a music therapist Durham Region with Creative Minds Music Therapy with children with ASD and clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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