Bio and CV

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

Katie received her master's degree in Music Psychotherapy at New York University and went on to post graduate training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and with Laurel Parnell for certification 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 teaches for the SUNY New Paltz music therapy department and is the clinical coordinator.

She developed the Brooklyn Music School's music therapy program and continues to offer sound meditations and continuing education for music therapists through their professional development program. 


Katie offers continuing education for clinicians, bodyworkers, and sound practitioners interested in learning more about sound, music, vibration and the healing arts and has designed courses such as  "Music and Mindfulness in Clinical Applications"  for The Spiegel Academy,  "The Art of Listening "at NYU, and The School of Visual Arts, "Deep Listening Through Sound Meditation"  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 at grand rounds presentations for local NY hospitals. 

Katie has worked internationally in the Balkans, South Africa, and Ecuador, offering workshops in improvisation and song writing for children and teens and has trained with Musicians Without Borders in the Netherlands to work towards social justice for refugees and marginalized populations. 



MMT - New York University
MM - New England Conservatory
BA - Berklee College of Music




EMDR Level 3
Reiki 2

Private Practice:  (2010 – Present) - Individual psychotherapy with children and adults
You Can Thrive! (2014 – present)  - Sound healing & mindfulness meditation for cancer survivors
Maha Rose Center for Healing (2013 – present) - Sound Bath Meditations for groups and individuals
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (2012 – 2013) - Music therapy groups for children 
Gracie Square Hospital  (2012) - Adult in-patient psychiatric facility
King’s County Hospital  (2010 – 2012) - Adult in-patient psychiatric facility
CNR Health Care Network (2009) - Day treatment, out-patient facility



Clinical Coordinator / Instructor - SUNY, New Paltz Dept. of Music

Grand Rounds Lecturer - Jamaica Hospital, Hofstra University, Bronx Lebanon Hospital  (2014-17)
Guest Lecturer - Cal State Fullerton (2018)

Guest Lecturer - Jewish Theological Seminary (2016 - 2019)
Guest Lecturer - Consciousness Hacking at Brooklyn Yoga School (2016)
Deep Listening  and Meditation Workshops - Governor's Island, NYC (2016 - 2018)
Guest Lecturer - School of Visual Arts, NYC (2016, 2019)
Guest Lecturer - NYU School of Music  (2014, 2015)
Guest Lecturer - The Art of Healing at The Jewish Theological Seminary (2015 - 2019)

Guest Lecturer - The International Conference on Deep Listening (2014)

Finding the Theatrical SoundScore: Ko Festival of Performance, Amherst, MA (2008)
Deep Listening and Improvisation: Makor Artist in Residency Program - New York (2006)
The Embodied Voice: North American Cultural Laboratory Theatre - New York (2006)
The Embodied Voice: South Wing Theatre Company – New York (2006)
Professional Development Workshop Leader – NYC Dept. of Ed.; City Lore, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, BAM (2002-06)
NYC Department of Education – Arts and ELA Standards Working Together (2002)


​Guest Lecturer and workshop facilitator - Centro de Equinoterapia (2015, Ecuador)

Ukes and Kids: South Africa  - Co-Director (2013  - Johannesburg,)

Balkan Sunflowers – Invited facilitator (2009 – Prishtina, Kosovo)

            Music and theatre professional development workshops for Roma school children and teachers              

Mental Disabilities Rights Initiative – Invited facilitator (2009 – Prishtina, Kosovo)

            Music improvisation workshops for residents with cognitive and psychological challenges.

The Glass Contraption – Workshop leader (2006 – Topsy Center, South Africa)

            Music Therapy in HIV clinics; creative music, clowning and song-writing with children living with HIV/AIDS

Media Artes – Workshop leader (Summer, 2002 - 2005 – Macedonia) - Workshops for teens in theatre and music

Sound Painting and Improvisation: Zadar Snova Festival – Zadar, Croatia (2004)

Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy Trauma Studies Center
Reiki Level 2
EMDR Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Laurel Parnell

Sound and Music Institute, Open Center, NY
Allied Team Training for Parkinson in New York City – National Parkinson’s Foundation
Guided Imagery and Music 
NYC Regional Arts in Health Care – Director of Events and Outreach
AMTA member
 EMDRIA member

Director of Education, Amas Musical Theatre (1998 – 2005)
Project Manager, Boston Music Education Collaborative (1995 - 1997)
Teaching Artist, Create! (2008) – Song-writing residencies, City Lore (2004-07) –music theatre residencies, Roundabout Theatre Company (2005 – 2007) – High-school workshops in Sound Design, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (1998 – 2006) –professional development workshop leader and teaching artist, Brooklyn Academy of Music  (1998 – Present) Professional development workshop leader and teaching artist, Arts Connection  (2000) – Music and creative movement workshops with kindergarten and first-grade students, CUNY  (Summer, 1999) – Theatre and Conflict Resolution workshops

• Drama Desk Nominee for Best Sound Design (2013)
• Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Sound Design (2011)
Artist Residencies
• 14th St. Y LABA Artist in Residence, NYC  (2009–2010)
• Music Omi (2004, 2006)
• Watermill Artist Residencies (2006, 2008)
• Makor Aritst-in-Residence (2005)
• New Dramatists Composer/Librettist Studio (2000)
• Jerome Foundation Travel Grant (2009)
• Mid Atlantic Foundation Travel Grant (2009)
• Meet the Composer Commission (2009)
• Pro Helvetia, Ohrid, Macedonia (2008)
• Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (2007; 2008)
• Chashama AREA Grant (2004  - 2005)
Under the Radar (2013), Live Arts Festival (2012), Fryma e Re Festival, Kosovo (2009), National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa (2007), Trn Festival, Ljubljana,Slovenia (2004),  Ohrid Summer Festival, Macedonia  (2004),  Zadar Snova Theatre and Music Festival, Croatia (2003), Malta Experimental Theatre Festival, Poznan, Poland (2002)


“Sleep”  -  Brooklyn Academy of Music; Japan Society, NY.  (2015 - 2017)
“Charles Ives Take Me Home”  -    City Theatre, Pittsburgh. (2013)
“The Golden Dragon” -  Play Company, New York (2013)
“Salt in the Air”  -  Related Parts Productions, New York (2012)
“Zero Cost House”  - Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA (2012)
  “Agnes Under The Big Top” - Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT (2011)
         “Big Eater” - Advanced/Beginner Group (2009)
            “Mahida’s Extra Key to Heaven”  - Epic Theatre Company. Signature Theatre, NYC (2009)
         “Blue Before Morning”  - Terra Nova Productions. Daryl Roth Theatre,  NYC. (2008)
         “Palace of the End” - Epic Theatre Company. Playwrights Horizons, NYC. (2008)
“Cecilia’s Last Tea Party”  - Passage Theatre. Trenton, NJ. (2008)
“Water”  - HERE Arts Center Culturemart. NYC (2008)
"Serendib" - Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC (2007)
"365 Days / 365 Plays" - Public Theatre, NYC (2006-07)
"Machinal" -  SUNY Brockport. (2006)
"Redevelopment" -  Vaclav Havel Festival, Ohio Theatre, NYC (2006)
"Death in Vacant Lot" - Watermill Arts Center; LMCC Swing Space, NYC (2006)
"The Rivals"  - Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Cold Spring, NY (2006)
"Trouble in Paradise"- Hourglass Productions – Hudson Guild Theatre, NYC (2006)
"Faust" - Target Margin Theatre – Classic Stage Company, NYC (2006)
"Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights" - The Butane Group – University of Rochester (2006)
"Wet Road" - Dance Theatre Workshop, NYC  (2006)
“Innocents”  - Ohio Theatre, NYC  (2003-05)
“Ondine”  - Walker Space, NYC (2004)
“The Loneliness of Noam Chomsky” - HERE Arts Center, NYC (2004)
“Henry VI parts I, II, III” - Judith Shakespeare Company, Jose Quintero Theatre, NYC (2003)
“The Trojan Women” - Fordham University Theatre Co., NYC (2003)
“Sheva B’rachot”  - The Duke at 42nd, NYC (2003)
“The Caucasian Chalk Circle” - NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, NYC (2002)
“The Holy Mother of Hadley, NY” - Ohio Theatre, NYC (2001)
“The Secret of Steep Ravines” - PS 122, Ohio Theatre, Clark Studio Theatre, NYC (2001-2002)
“The House Not Touched by Death” - Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA;
“A Girl Joan”  -  Dance Theatre Workshop; The Culture Project. NYC (2000, 2004)
“The Tibetan Book of the Dead” - Pilgrim Theatre - BCA Cyclorama, Boston, MA (1997-1999)        

“Letters from Sarajevo”  - Pilgrim Theatre – BCA Theatre, Boston, MA (1995)