ANDY TUBMAN, MT-BC – Co-Founder and Chief of Music Therapy
Andy Tubman has been a certified music therapist for over 15 years, developing innovative techniques that help clients achieve their therapeutic goals while training fellow healthcare professionals in his methodologies internationally.
In 2005, Andy founded Integrative Music Therapy Services (IMTS), which provides music therapists for healthcare facilities, drug and alcohol recovery centers, state-funded Regional Centers, and individual clients throughout Southern California. IMTS provides therapists for a variety of client populations, including group and individualized therapy for children and youth with developmental delays while also specializing in drug and alcohol rehabilitation in teens and adults.
In 2010, Andy’s successful work with a young client inspired testimonies from two prominent Los Angeles MDs (a neurologist and a pulmonologist) that compelled a California court to recognize music therapy as a medical necessity. The decision restored funding to the client that had been cut due to budget reductions and established music therapy as “a primary or critical means of ameliorating the physical, cognitive, or psychosocial effects [of] the claimant’s cerebral palsy, spats tic quadriparesis, and seizure disorder that hinder[ed] his mobility, respiration, vocalization, cognition, and, derivatively, his independence, socialization and emotional well being.”
Andy’s Integrative Music Therapy approach is featured in the recently published book, Sensory Parenting (Sensory World Press, October 2010), aimed at expectant parents and their newborns.
Andy speaks regularly at conferences on the intersection of music, health and creativity. In October 2011, the presentation Andy gave on Mobile Singing for Health won Most Innovative Presentation at the American Telemedicine Association Fall Forum in Anchorage, Alaska.
Learn more about Andy’s approach to music therapy by visiting the Integrative Music Therapy Services, which includes links to some of Andy’s writing.
Rachel (Andy’s sister) is an Internet, technology and new-media veteran who holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Foresight and Futures Studies from the University of Houston. In 1996 (the same year Hotmail, the first Web-based email, was launched), Rachel was guiding editorial operations for CitySearch.com, then a fledgling collection of city-guide websites. Rachel stayed with CitySearch, as New Markets Managing Editor, through the company’s purchase of Ticketmaster Online and a successful IPO. As part of her responsibilities at CitySearch, Rachel also advised traditional media outlets, including the Dallas Morning News and the San Diego Tribune, on the launches of new online properties, and headed up a content innovation lab, which piloted CitySearch’s first forays into mobile technology.
In 1999 Rachel left CitySearch to become Content Director for CollegeStudent.com (a forerunner of Facebook), launched by students at the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. In 2000 Rachel joined AntEye.com, one of a handful of first-generation, user-generated video sites, as Vice President of Artists and Repertoire. Unfortunately, in 2000 practically no one had broadband Internet connections that would allow them to watch all the content submitted by aspiring filmmakers.
When the Internet bubble deflated in 2001, Rachel started a new media-consulting business with clients including Anheuser-Busch, Behr Paint and the Bermuda Music Festival.
In 2007, after joining Al Gore’s cable news network Current TV as Director of Outreach, Rachel returned to school for a Master’s Degree in Strategic Foresight and Futures Studies from the University of Houston. Focusing on socially conscious capitalism, she interned with groundbreaking green economist Hazel Henderson.