Katie Down (LCAT, Mt-bc, mm)

Music Therapy Department Chair

Katie Down, (LCAT, MT-BC, MM) is a licensed creative arts therapist, music psychotherapist, Reiki practitioner, deep listening practitioner, teacher, composer and performer. She has been facilitating sound bath meditations and deep listening workshops for over 10 years offering classes, and training programs in music therapy and sound meditation/healing as well as clinical supervision for LCATs, LCSWs, MDs and other creative arts therapists.

Katie received her master's degree in Music Psychotherapy at New York University with additional trauma training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and with Laurel Parnell in EMDR and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Paulette Graf. Incorporating MBSR, EMDR, and creative visualization for trauma and trauma-related symptoms, Katie provides a nurturing, grounded and open environment for opening the heart and letting go of blockages and negative patterns that hold us back from feeling connected to our higher selves and each other.

Katie is the Department Chair of Music Therapy at the Brooklyn Music School, meditation teacher at MNDFL, and practitioner at Maha Rose Center for Healing,  MINKA Brooklyn, and the Bhakti Center. She co-directs the Maha Rose Sound School with Jessica Caplan and the Sound Therapy Training Institute for Bodyworkers with osteopath and sound practitioner, Joseph Schmidlin. Katie has designed  and taught the courses "Music and Mindfulness in Clinical Applications"  for The Spiegel Academy,  "The Art of Listening" at NYU, and The School of Visual Arts, "Deep Listening and The Musical Drone  at Cal State Fullerton, "Sound and Mindfulness in Contemplative Care" at the Art of Healing conference at The Jewish Theological Seminary, The Expressive Arts Therapy Summit, and The International Conference on Deep Listening, and has presented her music therapy work at grand rounds presentations for local NY hospitals. Katie has worked internationally in the Balkans, South Africa, and Ecuador, offering workshops and events in improvisation and song writing and has trained with Musicians Without Borders in the Netherlands.