Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy: Voice Emphasis, Immaculata University
Associate of Arts, Music: Voice Emphasis, Camden County College
MA, MT-BC, LMHC
Master of Arts in Expressive Therapy & Mental Health Counseling, Lesley University - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rita Wong is a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) who is passionate about bringing wellness to others through music. Having practiced and been educated on the east coast for most of her professional life, Rita moved to Southern California in 2014.
Over the past decade, Rita has served a wide range of populations: 0-3 early intervention children and their families; school aged groups in regular or special education classrooms; teenager in residential treatment setting; independent, assisted living and Alzheimer’s and dementia memory support retirement communities; and adults with or without health challenges. A strong believer of music as a tool to encourage creativity and positive self-expression, Rita continues to help clients connect within themselves and in the world through music therapy.
The simplest way to explain music therapy is that it is a health profession where music interventions are used to achieve non-musical goals by a licensed practitioner. Non-musical goals cover many aspects of our everyday lives such as awareness of self, community bonding and support, positive changes in mood or emotional states, pain management, stress reduction, social interaction and more. One can expect to make music in music therapy through (and not limited to) singing or vocalizing, composing or improvising, instrumental playing or learning, creating movement to music, structured active listening, guided imagery & music, therapeutic drumming or jamming and more. Music can also be combined with other forms of arts in promoting wellness.*
*Music therapy information based on AMTA (American Music Therapy Association)