Yayoi is a board certified music therapist and a registered music therapist in Japan. She received both her BA and MA in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University. She also holds Bachelors degree in Social Welfare from Yamaguchi Prefectural University in Japan.
Yayoi has worked at Music Institute of Chicago’s Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) for over 5 years. She held the position of Acting Director of Music Therapy and Clinical Training Director for music therapy at ITA for a year. After coming back to Japan in 2012, she has been working at the Hyogo prefectural rehabilitation hospital Nishiharima in Tatsuno-city. Yayoi has provided music therapy services directly to children and adults in a variety of settings. Her clinical experience includes work with children and adults with developmental disabilities, physical limitations, neurological disorders, mental illness, and dementia. She is an experienced presenter on a variety of topics and frequently provides in-services and lectures to professionals in the community on music therapy or related topics both in Japanese and English.