Welcome to Shin-Yi Chen, Music Therapist!

We’re excited to welcome Shin-Yi Chen to our Harmony Garden staff! Shin-Yi is a new music therapist who will be starting with us on Mondays and Wednesdays so we can continue to grow and build in 2022! We hope you give her a warm welcome if you see her around the office.

Shin-Yi (Rita) Chen, originally from Taoyuan, Taiwan, recently became a board certified music therapist in January 2022, and received her Master of Music Therapy in December 2021 at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, with her professional paper “Music Therapy in Mental Health Settings Under Taiwanese Culture: A Philosophical Inquiry”, which she also presented online at the poster session of 2021 AMTA conference. Shin-Yi obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at National Chung Cheng University in Chiayi, Taiwan.

Shin-Yi has taken piano lessons since she was six and played bass guitar in high school rock band. Shin-Yi always enjoys connecting with people through/in music. She also enjoys baking and outdoor activities such as kayaking during her free time.

Shin-Yi completed her six-month internship at Hillcroft Services, Inc. in Muncie, IN. This internship offered opportunities to work with individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and with comorbidity of mental health issues. Shin-Yi has worked with older adults in memory care, children with special needs, and children who experience abuse and trauma during her practicum in Texas. Shin-Yi also has worked with individuals with mental illness and their family as a specialist at a non-profit organization in Taiwan.