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Music Therapy

Music & Movement Therapy

Evidence-based applications of music, movement and other methods using music and rhythm to address a wide range of neurological and non-neurological disorders.

Music therapists provide treatment for a variety of conditions ranging from stress to severe handicaps:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Those typically arising from medical illnesses

  • Developmental disabilities

  • Physical impairments

  • Emotional disturbances

  • Sensory impairments

  • Specific learning disabilities

  • Aging

Musical talent or training are not prerequisites for music therapy or any of the movement/music modalities offered.

Active participation assists you in…

  • developing self and other awareness

  • improving confidence.

  • enhancing self-esteem

  • building trust

  • facilitating interaction and socialization

  • decreasing muscle tension

  • increasing coordination, stamina, and flexibility

Music & Movement Therapies engage physical and psychological responses and interactions in individual and group settings to enhance physical and emotional health.  Research shows that body/brain and mind are deeply interconnected, and musical movement experiences can directly effect changes in emotions, cognition, physical functioning, and behavior. 

Upcoming TaKeTiNa Events


4th Sundays @ 4013 Hillsdale Ln. Garland, TX

Next Journey:  Oct. 22nd, 5-8pm



2nd Fridays @ Entelechea Center,1201 International Pkwy Suite 200, Richardson, TX

more info

Upcoming Journeys:

Oct 13, Dec 8  •  7-10pm


Music Therapy

Michael is a Board Certified Music Therapist, with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Therapy.


Music therapy is an evidence-based treatment that can address a variety of disorders including cardiac conditions, depression, autism, substance abuse and Alzheimer’s disease. It can help with memory, lower blood pressure, improve coping, reduce stress, improve self-esteem and more. You don’t need a background in music to participate.

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Sharing a magical, musical moment at Autism Treatment Center in Dallas.

Music therapy is the clinical use of music to accomplish individualized goals such as reducing stress, improving mood and self-expression. It is an evidence-based therapy well-established in the health community. Music therapy experiences may include listening, singing, playing instruments, or composing music. Musical skills or talents are not required to participate.

Research in Music Therapy supports its effectiveness in addressing every area of human experience: Psychological, Emotional, Physical, Spiritual, Cognitive and Social.

A short list of benefits includes:

  • Lowering blood pressure

  • Improving memory

  • Enhanced communication and social skills through experiencing music with others

  • Self-reflection. Observing your thoughts and emotions

  • Reducing muscle tension

  • Self-regulation. Developing healthy coping skills to manage your thoughts and emotions

  • Increasing motivation

  • Managing pain

  • Increasing joy


TaKeTiNa is an experiential rhythm-based process for all the senses, developed in the 1970s by the Austrian musician and composer Reinhard Flatischler.


Michael Kenny is the only board certified music therapist in the US who is certified as a TaKeTiNa teacher, and the only TaKeTiNa teacher practicing between Atlanta and Santa Fe. 


We are offering monthly 3 hour Rhythm Meditations, weekly practice groups and special events. Bring TaKeTiNa to your facility or make it part of your special event or training. 

As a group musical process, TaKeTiNa uses rhythm to develop human potential. It is a musical, meditative group process for people who enjoy music and want to develop personally as well as those who want to develop their awareness of rhythm. It is an effective tool in music education, and musicians and non-musicians of all levels can benefit from the process.

TaKeTiNa is a unique process of powerfully activating human and musical potential through rhythm. It is a path in which musical learning always goes hand in hand with personal development. The practice of TaKeTiNa Exercises are a powerful tool for developing left-right independence and coordination. As recent TaKeTiNa research shows, these exercises trigger an intense networking between the two brain hemispheres as well as significant activation of the vagus nerve. 

In this process, the simultaneity of stabilization and destabilization creates a field disturbance that allows participants to repeatedly fall out of, and then fall back into rhythm.  Participants are guided into the experience of rhythm archetypes, rhythmic images anchored deep in human consciousness, and the support of the group allows the individual participant to go into his or her own process, while building deep musical and personal trust.

TaKeTiNa Rhythm Process - is offered in open workshops, used in university music departments, clinics and therapeutic practices, in drama schools and pain therapy, and in the corporate sector.

For more in-depth information about TaKeTiNa and workshops with the founder, Reinhard Flatischler,visit the TaKeTiNa Institute at 


HealthRhythms® -  is a research-based life enhancement tool that utilizes drumming to promote wellness. Michael is a certified HealthRhythms® facilitator.


HealthRhythms® researchers have conducted studies with focus groups from many walks of life:

  • Long-term care workers

  • Nursing students

  • Corporate employees

  • Senior citizens

  • At-risk adolescents

Each study reported significant improvements in mood, reduction of anxiety, reduced stress/burnout, and bonding with the other participants. 

Contact Michael to discuss how your group or facility can benefit from HealthRhythms®.


Nothing like a good percussion discussion!

HealthRhythms® Group Empowerment Drumming - is a fun, evidence-based whole person strategy which promotes socialization and ensures a healthy non-strenuous workout. On a deeper level it builds bridges while fostering nurturing, support, camaraderie, self-respect and respect for others. It is not really about drumming, but uses the drum as a tool for communication and personal expression. This system can be integrated as a therapeutic strategy in group counseling sessions, support groups, rehabilitation centers, schools, hospitals, aging facilities and more.

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