Tara Griest, MT-BC, completed her coursework at Baldwin-Wallace University in 2000, receiving her BA in Music Therapy and a minor in psychology. She interned at Heather Hill Health Care Center in Chardon, Ohio in Alzheimer’s/dementia care. Tara spent the past decade working with children with multiple developmental and special needs, adults with cognitive disabilities and geriatrics at the Beck Center for the Arts where she completed her time there as Associate Director of Creative Arts Therapies in 2011.
Tara joined the staff at UH in February of 2011 and dedicates her time to adult oncology, patients with sickle cell disease, geriatrics and physical rehab. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum she is involved in a music and literacy program for preschoolers called Toddler Rock. She also oversees Star Rockers, a Rock Hall wellness group for seniors. She has received neurologic music therapy training at the Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute at Colorado State and is currently working on her masters in music therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. She serves as the membership chair for the Great Lakes region of the American Music Therapy Association and has served in several capacities at the state association level. As a presenter, Tara has lectured on topics in music therapy locally and nationally. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, ethnic festivals, visual arts, and the outdoors.