Nicholas Smith is a Certified Music Therapist, having passed the Certification Board for Music Therapists board exam on June 2nd, 2022. Nicholas also holds a Graduate Diploma in Music therapy from Concordia Unviersity, and a Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance from the Université de Moncton.
Nick played the piano, trombone, and sang in the choir when he was growing up, but did not find his real musical identity until he received a guitar for his 13th birthday. Immediately, Nick found that playing music on the guitar had a positive effect in all domains of his life. Fast forward 25 years, and Nick brings this experience to Alto Music Therapy – to help others in academic, cognitive, communication, emotional, motor, musical, and social domains.
Nick’s specializations in music therapy are in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and geriatrics. Nick’s clinical music therapy internships was with Esther Thane and Emily Naccarato from ET Music Therapy in North Vancouver, B.C., as well as with Mary Cobham of Mary Music Therapy. Following his internship experience, Nick decided to relocate to his hometown of Moncton, New Brunswick, in order to begin practicing as Alto Music Therapy and to bring greater awareness of the power and potency of music therapy to the Atlantic provinces.