Tanesha Ross, MT-BC, NMT

Board-Certified Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist

When Tanesha was 5, she told her mother she wanted to be a “Singing Doctor”. Throughout the years, her journey has taken her down varied career paths, from working in the banking and the medical industries; to the teaching field and the performing arts.

After graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle with a degree in music performance, she went onto a thriving career as a performer for over 20 years, eventually leading her to New York. While performing there, she met a group of artists out of the Juilliard school and joined them in an arts outreach program called Artists Striving to End Poverty, or ASTEP; offering arts programming to underprivileged youth. It was through this work that she reconnected with her childhood dream, though instead of calling herself a “Singing Doctor”, she has adopted the title of “Rockologist🎶”.

Tanesha’s Philosophy of Health

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” ~ Plato

Who said that being in therapy can’t be fun?!! Tanesha believes that our health is a co-creative experience, and that we are all on this Earth to uplift each other, love each other, and heal each other. She recognizes that our thoughts and emotions need a conduit, and knows that music can be a powerful tool, especially when words fail. Plus, music is not only a master emotional container, but can actually create new neural pathways around damaged areas in the brain! The best part is, no previous music experience is needed, just bring your beautiful self.

Tanesha uses neurologic music techniques to implement guided relaxation, lyric analysis, instrumental play, songwriting, and more, encouraging strengths as well as addressing needs in the areas of cognition, sensorimotor, and speech and language function.

Some benefits of applying music as therapy include:

  • Develop coping skills
  • Process thoughts and emotions
  • Strengthen memory and cognitive function
  • Improve dexterity and coordination
  • Reduce stress
  • Improving speech and language skills
  • For just having fun!

Music therapy is effective alone, or when used in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary settings, supporting disciplines like speech, physical, occupational therapy, and the wonderful work of doctors and other therapists. This Rockologist🎶 is eager to explore how you can work together to co-create fun, holistic, and effective music therapy experiences together!

Neurologic Music Therapy Affiliate: The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy
Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy: Saint Mary’s of the Woods College
Bachelor of Music: Cornish College of the Arts

Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night? Why?
Daylight- I am a true Sun worshiper, and I love to soak up those rays!

If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
My inner child is definitely 6, I was fearless and super flexible!

Which is your favorite way to dance: with others or alone?
With others: Dancing is a social sport for me

What superhero do you most resonate with and why?
Old school wonder woman, I even had the complete underoos set!

If you were a vegetable, which one would you be and why?
I know it’s really a fruit, but avocado, because it is so versatile and good for your heart, eyes, and skin!

If you were to geek out on something, what would you geek out on?
Anything related to the brain, but especially the motor protein kinesin, it’s sidekicks dynein and myosin, and mirror neurons.