Esther Thane, BMT, MTA, AVPT
Esther is the Executive Director of ET Music Therapy- serving neurodiverse & diverse needs individuals for the past 26 years. After over a decade on faculty at Capilano University, teaching in the Bachelor of Music Therapy Program, Esther continues to enjoy presenting at conferences, writing book reviews for published journals, & holding workshops for universities, local agencies and internationally. In 2014, Esther completed Dr. Diane Austin’s (Music Psychotherapy Center, NY) first international distance training program in Advanced Vocal Psychotherapy. Her publication in the book: Voicework in Music Therapy (Jessica Kingsley Publishers), focuses on her innovative method of Vocal-Led Relaxation for Children with Autism. Esther created Meet In The Music© (MITM) music therapy curriculum for children with autism, which is utilized by music therapists throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Esther is Executive Director of ET Music Therapy in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where the team serve over 140 families with both in person and telehealth: in two studio locations (RICHMOND & NORTH VANCOUVER), & in schools, implementing the MITM© curriculum. In 2017, Esther received the Iconic Women Creating a Better World For All Award, presented by the Women Economic Forum in New Delhi, India. Recently, Esther received CAMT’s (Canadian Association For Music Therapy) PEER RECOGNITION AWARD for innovation and advocacy.