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Courtney Radbourne, an Ottawa native, has been singing since the age of 3. She picked up the guitar as a hobby when she was 12; however it quickly became one of her first loves.

“Playing the guitar and singing became an amazing outlet for all of my emotions both happy and sad as I was growing up. Music has always touched my heart, it speaks for me when I am unable to find the words, and I am very honoured that I am able to use music to help others find their words (their voice) through music.”

At the early age of 12, Courtney also began song writing and performing locally throughout her years at high school. She always knew growing up that she wanted to have a career that involved working with music and people. Naturally music therapy was a wonderful fit.

Courtney attended Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and achieved her Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree, in 2007.

Upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree, she embarked on a 1000 hour internship with the Music Therapists of Lanark Area, which specializes in private practice, to achieve her Accreditation with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy.

She achieved her Music Therapy Accredited (MTA) Status in March 2009, and is currently working with a wide variety of populations across Ottawa and the Valley. Courtney has extensive clinical experience working with diverse populations that span a wide variety of age groups and abilities.

She recently constructed a music therapy program from ground up at the Brockville General Hospital’s Palliative Care Service. It caters to both of the Brockville General Hospital sites, community home visits, a day hospice group, and bereavement service. To maintain this service in the Brockville Community, Courtney along with the Palliative Care members developed and created a benefit concert “The Life of Music” in March of 2009. All proceeds of the evening went to the music therapy program.

Being present, committed, and compassionate, characterizes Courtney’s work as a music therapist. She enjoys working with a wide range of populations however she specializes long term and palliative care, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as children who have autism.