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Amanda Maestro-Scherer, MA, MT-BC is a native of Ithaca, New York and graduated in 2007 with cum laude honors from the music therapy program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2014, and conducted research for her thesis on original songwriting with parents of hospitalized infants.

Amanda has worked in a variety of settings during her career including in medical settings, hospice care, mental health, in schools with children with special needs and refugee youth, as well as adult addiction recovery and individuals with eating disorders. She served as the team lead music therapist and internship director at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah from 2012-2018 and has trained over 25 interns from schools across the country.


Amanda has specialized training in NICU music therapy, Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy, and Neurologic Music Therapy and has studied the Nordoff-Robbins approach to clinical improvisation as well as the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Her approach is music-centered, and she specializes in songwriting and improvisational music therapy.

Maestro Music Therapy was founded in 2018, and Amanda brings the experience she has had working in numerous populations for over a decade, to serve the Salt Lakc Community.

[My daughter] underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Her sessions with Amanda gave her something to look forward to every day, and drew her out of her depressed isolation. She wrote songs in music therapy that gave meaning to her suffering, and allowed her to process her grief, anger and pain in a constructive and healing way. We credit this dedicated, knowledgeable, and loving treatment as the factor that made the difference in our daughter’s recovery.
— parent