All MHTP Faculty are Certified Music Practitioners (CMPs) and highly-trained specialists in their field, passionate about teaching the art and science of therapeutic music.  Many have both medical and musical education and experience, which they combine in their MHTP teaching.  As CMPs, they each have an active independent therapeutic music practice in their home locations.  Each teacher has been rigorously qualified by MHTP to teach one or more specific modules, via extensive module observation and team-teaching with one or more veteran MHTP faculty members.  All Module 5 faculty have medical credentials.

MODULE 1:  Patient assessment for live therapeutic music & Injury prevention for music practitioners

Melinda Gardiner, CMP, RN,  has an extensive background in Integrative Healing modalities and has been teaching in the field since 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts. She taught Therapeutic Touch and other holistic therapeutic modalities at Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson, New York, from 1985 to 1995. Melinda began playing the harp in 1987 and participated in Don Campbell's Sound School in the 1990s. Melinda has conducted workshops and retreats in integrating spirituality and music since 1994 and has taught for MHTP since 1997. She graduated from MHTP in 1998 and since then has worked as a CMP in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices.  She was President of the Board from Fall 1998 until 2003, and Executive Director of MHTP from 2004 to Spring 2017.

Amy Lauback, CMP, graduated with an Applied Studies in flute and theory/composition dual major from Ohio Northern University in 2014. She is a 2017 graduate of MHTP and has worked in hospice and several hospitals in Michigan and Ohio. In addition to flute, she is also certified on violin, recorder, and harp. 

MODULE 2:  Music as a language

Catherine Maglaras, CMP, MS, is a veteran music educator for Baltimore County Public Schools, with a BS and MS in Music Education from Towson University.  She currently teaches for the Howard County Public School System. As a CMP since 2006, Cathy provides therapeutic music at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  As an experienced violin, viola, Celtic harp, and piano teacher, Cathy maintains a private studio and she performs professionally in the Baltimore/Washington DC area.  Cathy has taught for MHTP since 2008.

Matt Peroutka, CMP, has a passion for playing guitars, and he has been doing that for more than 50 years. In high school and college he played bass in a rock band, moved up to jazz, and eventually developed his fingerstyle guitar playing. Most recently he has studied classical guitar. Matt became a Certified Music Practitioner in 2011, and began working at the University of Maryland Medical Center soon after that. He now works at this hospital and Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. He has also pursued a successful career as a meteorologist, from which he has retired. Matt lives in Ellicott City, Maryland with his wife, Mary. He has taught for MHTP since 2015.

Elizabeth Proett, CMP,  has been playing the harp since 1978 and has been performing professionally and teaching harp for many years in Sacramento and Placer County communities. She studied harp at Mills College with Anne Adams and received her BA and a teaching credential from San Francisco State University. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Elizabeth received her certification as a Music Practitioner in 2007 through the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP). She is currently providing therapeutic music as an aid to health and well-being at Sutter Auburn Faith, Eskaton, and Kaiser Permanente Roseville where she is also the coordinator for their Healing Music Program.   Elizabeth is one of the founding members of Music Partners in Healthcare, Inc. and served on its board of directors from 2008 through 2012. She started teaching Module 2 for MHTP in 2016. 

MODULE 3:  Music, Sound, and Healing & PARADIGMS OF HEALING

Melinda Gardiner, CMP, RN, (see Module 1 faculty).

Carol Spears, CMP, MS, has taught college-level courses in the biological sciences, and for 28 years worked as an educator and trainer for the National Park Service. Carol is a Reiki Master and teacher, and also has taught meditation techniques and Reiki since 2000 in her private practice and for local hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic. Since graduating from MHTP in 2002, she has worked extensively as a CMP, and she is a past Board Director and President of MHTP. Currently Carol is the MHTP Program Director. In 2005, Carol starting teaching Module 3 for MHTP, using her knowledge, skills, and experiences as a science teacher and as a practitioner of several complementary healing modalities.

MODULE 4:  Etiquette and Independent practicum & Profession of Music Practitioner

Mary Ellen Armbruster, CMP, MA, was certified in voice and guitar as a Music Practitioner in 2015. She has served as a CMP at both Littleton Adventist Hospital and St. Anthony's Hospital in the Denver metro area, in addition to serving as a CMP with memory care and continuing care patients at various senior care facilities. Her previous experience serving as a musician alongside the medical team with Mercy Ships in multiple developing nations became the springboard to recognizing the healing value of music and becoming certified as a therapeutic musician. She makes her living solely now as a Certified Music Practitioner and Director of Music at Red Rocks Fellowship in Littleton, Colorado.

Cheryl Zabel, CMP, was originally certified in voice with MHTP in 2007, adding harp in 2011.  In addition to Module 4, Cheryl teaches the Marketing 101 and Bookkeeping 101 live webinars for CMP business development.  She has also served on the Board of Directors from 2013 - 2017, including time as the MHTP Treasurer.  Prior to her therapeutic music work, Cheryl worked for over almost 30 years in outside business-to-business sales, primarily in industrial rental laundry services.  She has been working as a full-time CMP since 2010, serving in hospitals, hospice, skilled nursing, memory care, and adult family group homes. 

MODULE 5:  Care of the Dying, ALTERATIONS IN HEALTH, & Independent practicum

Sandra Lumpkin-Embry, CMP, MS, CCC,  a native of Texas, has lived in Maryland since 1973.  Sandra had a hospital based private practice that was limited to the diagnosis and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders.  In addition to her clinical practice  she published articles in professional journals and  presented original research at local, national, and international conferences. She has been an Adjunct Faculty member at two Universities. Since retiring from her private practice she has devoted more time to training and evaluating therapy dogs and she volunteers at a hospice weekly with one of her canines.  She has been a CMP since 2009 and loves meeting the students that attend Module 5.

Bonita (Bonnie) Wood, CMP, RN, BMus, has been an RN since 1975 and a CMP since 2003.  As an RN, she worked in the areas of Intensive Coronary Care, Post Anesthesia Care and the Operating Room.  Bonnie has a dual love of music and medicine since she was a child and has always sensed a connection between the two.  She studied classical piano growing up, went to Nursing School and later earned a Bachelor of Music degree.  After that, she learned to play the lever harp and discovered in MHTP a formal way to integrate music into medical settings.  She is currently working as a CMP at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC in the areas of ICU, ER, Med/Surg, Oncology, PACU, Rehab, L&D, Mother/Baby, Psych, and Surgical Waiting.

Program Director

Carol Spears, CMP, MS, (see Module 3 faculty) is the MHTP Program Director, overseeing the curriculum, and assisting the Executive Director in overall organization and operational management of the MHTP student instruction program. The Program Director serves as the supervisor and liaison between student instruction staff, Board of Directors, and Executive Director .