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Michael Bertolami, MA, MT-BC

Music Therapist - Board Certified


Professional/Clinical Background:

Before beginning my career as music therapist, I worked for many years as a performing musician playing electric bass as a part of several working original and cover bands.  My love for music and the realization of the many ways in which it moves the human spirit and helps brings individuals together naturally led me to the wonderful world of music therapy.   For the last 15 years of my professional career, I have had the pleasure of working as a music therapist in the Lower School program at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts.  In addition to continuing my work at Perkins with multi-impaired/visually impaired children, I also maintain a private music therapy practice and have also worked as the former department chairperson of the music therapy program at Powers Music School in Belmont Massachusetts.   I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in 1997, and a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies with a Music Therapy specialization from Lesley University in 1999.  As part of my position at Perkins, I also work with music therapists in training as an internship and practicum supervisor for undergraduate and graduate music therapy students from Berklee College of Music, Anna Maria College and Lesley University.  I am extremely passionate about my work as a music therapist and enjoy speaking about and sharing my experiences in music therapy at professional conferences throughout the New England region.




Degree’s and Certifications:

1999 Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

1999 Music Therapist – Board Certification (MT-BC), The Certification Board for Music Therapists

1997 Bachelor of Music, Professional Music, Magna Cum Laude, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

About Me

The act of making music together can have great meaning for all clients, regardless of their skills and abilities. In addition to addressing a wide range of cognitive, emotional, social, developmental, physical and educational goals and objectives, I maintain a strong belief that the experience of making music, or of being present during music making can have impact on the quality of life of all individuals.  I strive to enhance the lives of my clients through meaningful musical interactions and relationships.


"Peer Supervision in the Development of the New Music and Expressive Therapist"

Music Therapy Supervision


Authors:  Michael Bertolami, Elizabeth Baratta, Andrew Hubbard, Mary-Carla MacDonald, Deborah Spragg


"Music Therapy in a Private School for Visually Impaired and Multiply Handicapped Children"



Authors: Michael Bertolami, Lisa Martino


"Using Music Technology in Music Therapy With Populations Across the Life Span in Medical and Educational Programs"

Music and Medicine


Authors:  Michael Bertolami, Wendy Magee, Lorrie Kubicek, Marcia LaJoie, Lisa Martino, Adam Sankowski, Jennifer Townsend, Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, Julie Buras Zigo


“Using Music Technology with Children and Adolescents with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities”  

Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings


Authors: Michael Bertolami, Lisa Martino




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