Michael Kenny’s Credentials and Facts

Formal Education:

Master of Music Therapy, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 2003. Assistantship– Supervised undergraduate clinical training.

Bachelor of Music & Music Therapy, Marywood College, Scranton, PA 1999. Presidential Scholarship – Graduated Cum Laude with Honor and Awards.

Training and Certifications:
  • Certified HealthRHYTHMS® Facilitator
  • Drum Circle Training with Arthur Hull of Village Music Circles
  • Drum Circle Facilitation Training with Kalani of DCM
  • TaKeTiNa Teacher Training with Reinhard and Cornelia Flatischler
  • Percussion studies with Jacky Craissac, Greg Beck, Jamal Mohamed, Moussa Diabate,  Africa DjembeFola Senegal, Yamoussa Camara,
Work Experience:

Music Therapist, Dallas ISD, Dallas, TX – Provide individualized music therapy to total communication students, 2003 – Present.

Music Therapy Consultant, Cedar Hill ISD, Cedar Hill, TX – Provide music enrichment and consultation to ABC, PPCD and TC classes, 2007-Present.

Music Therapy Consultant, Garland ISD,Dallas,TX – Provided music enrichment consultation to behavioral and ABC classes, 2006-2009.

Adjunct Faculty, Richland College DCCCD, Dallas, TX – Taught World Drumming Ensemble, 2005-2010.

Music Therapist, DallasCenter for Developmentally Disabled – Provide group music therapy to clients, 2005-Present.

Music Therapist,Medical Center at Lancaster, Dallas, TX – Provided music therapy to geriatric psychiatry patients, 2000-2006.

Residency Artist and Master Class Teacher, Young Audiences of North Texas – Provide therapeutic arts and education programs to juvenile detention, schools, special education classes, public libraries, 2000-Present.

Music Therapist, A.R.T.S. for People, Dallas, TX – Provide music therapy in nursing homes, medical hospitals, children’s hospitals, schools, and shelters for victims of domestic violence, 1996–Present.

Music Therapist, Hunt County Family Services, Greenville, TX – Provided music therapy to patients with acute and chronic mental illness and chemical dependency issues, 1997–1998.

Registered Therapist and Supervisor,Terrell State Hospital,Terrell, TX – Provided music therapy to patients with acute and chronic mental illness, expanded music therapy resources, and conducted chapel music programs, 1994–1997.

Community Service:

Cancer Support Community of North Texas – Lead a free HealthRHYTHMS® empowerment drumming circle every 4th Monday of the month.

TaKeTiNa  – Lead a free weekly practice utilizing a group rhythmic process called TaKeTiNa.

Professional Affiliations:

A.R.T.S for People, Board of Directors, 2004-2006
Drums Not Guns, President and Music Therapy Consultant, 2000-2012


Drums, World Percussion, Didgeridoo, a wide variety of ethnic instruments, Guitar, Piano, and Bass Guitar

Special Skills:

Custom instrument building and repair, creating ceremonial art


English and French


Newark, New Jersey USA

Travel Experience:

Continental US, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Europe, and Africa

Personal Quote:

“One of my true joys is sharing the joy of drumming with young people.”