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Roberta S. Adler, MT-BC, ID
Office: (714) 534-2855
Cell: (714) 747-9264

NPI Number: 1417025768
Taxonomy: 246ZA2600X
Specialist/Technologist, Other Art, Medical 01534 PA


Music Therapist-Board Certified, Certification Board for Music Therapists, Inc., No. 1534, since 1988 (RMT 1974-1988)

State of California, Community College Instructor, Lifetime Credential

Adult Education, Arts and Crafts / Clear

Fellow, Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, 2006 - present

Clinical Specialties

Intellectual Disabilities (All ages and developmental levels)



Session planning/implementation techniques for groups of 20 or more


Communication Techniques

One-on-One Sessions

Administration and Supervision

Clinical Composition

Internship Director

Full time supervision of music therapy interns for six months following completion of undergraduate course work, and prior to taking the MT-BC examination. Mentored forty-nine clinicians since 1999.

Education1973 Wayne State University - Detroit, Michigan
Bachelor of Music With a Concentrate in Music Therapy

With Distinction

Founder of the Music Therapy Curriculum

Founding President, Student Music Therapy Association

Undergraduate Representative, WSU Presidential Selection Advisory CommitteeNine additional graduate credits, California State University, Long Beach

Professional Experience

Music Therapist – Private Practitioner (1973 - Present)

Serving ill and intellectually challenged children and adults in individual, small group, and large group settings.

Coastline College (1982 - Present)
11460 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA

Adjunct Faculty, Special Programs and Services for the Disabled; and previously, the Emeritus Program

Paramount Unified School District, Adult School (August 1986 - July 2010)
14507 Paramount Blvd., Paramount, CA

Founder of the Fine Arts Program for Older Adults

Instructor, serving skilled nursing and psychiatric facilities

North Orange County Community College (1998 - 2000)
1000 S. Lemon Street, Fullerton, CA

Instructor, serving skilled nursing and assisted living facilities

Foundation for the Junior Blind (1981 - 1982)
5300 Angeles Vista, Los Angeles, CA
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Full responsibility for initial assessment, development, and implementation of Individualized Education Plan for blind, mentally challenged adolescents, utilizing a team approach
Meadow View Park (1979 - 1981)
Garden Grove, CA
  • Program Director - 59 bed ICFDD. Administrative responsibilities included hiring/supervision of direct care staff, liaison with community programs, program coordination with Regional Center of Orange County, writing, presentation, and implementation of Individual Program Plans
Additional Professional Activities
  • Western Region Representative, Standards of Clinical Practice Committee, American Music Therapy Association
  • Numerous presentations at American Music Therapy Association Regional and National Conferences
  • Numerous staff inservices – gerontology, intellectual disabilities, psychiatry, treatment planning, assessments
  • California Legislative Task Force (Special Assignments)
  • American Society on Aging Conference, 2006
  • President, Southern California Dulcimer Heritage
  • Co-Director, Golden Strings Youth Fretted Dulcimer Ensemble
Professional Memberships Patent and Authorship

American Music Therapy Association; Western Region, AMTA

United States Patent Number 4,794,839 issued January 3, 1989.
  • The Adapt-a-Pick is a device enabling individuals of all ages and abilities to play an autoharp or Q-Chord simultaneously with a facilitator.
Musical Assessment of Gerontologic Needs and Treatment: The MAGNET Survey, MMB Music, September 2001, ISBN 1-58106-025-4

Currently Being Completed: The MuSense Program: A Music Therapy Protocol for Adults With Profound Multiple Impairments


Howard J. Donnelley Leadership and Scholarship Award, June 1973
  • Wayne State University confers this award upon one graduating man and woman in lieu of selecting a valedictorian and salutatorian
David J. Henry Society
  • The honor society for Wayne State University graduates
Shallway Foundation Award for Professional Excellence in Public Performance
  • Televised opera production – 1972
Professional Practice Award, Western Region, American Music Therapy Association, 2000


Available upon request
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