About Us

Our Mission

We know many people run into barriers that prevent them from having the quality of life (emotional, physical, and social well-being) they really want.

At Anderson Music Therapy Service we use evidence-based music therapy to empower our clients to overcome those barriers and be their best selves at home and in the community.

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Click the badge above to learn more about the rigorous process of becoming a board certified music therapist.


Noel Anderson, MMT, MT-BC

B.MUS / B.A. / MMT / MT-BC

Founder & Director, Board Certified Music Therapist,

Neurologic Music Therapist

Noel Anderson is the founder of Anderson Music Therapy Services and has been a board certified music therapist for over 14 years. She received a bachelor's degree in music therapy from Immaculata University after completing her clinical internship at Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy in Philadelphia. She earned a Master of Music Therapy degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. 

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Cassie Smith, MT-BC


Board Certified Music Therapist, 

Early Intervention Practitioner

Cassie is a board certified music therapist and has been with AMTS since 2016. She received her Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy at Ohio University, where she was a voice student and also studied guitar and piano. She completed her internship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, VA.  

Our Music Therapy Team

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Catherine Backus, MT-BC


Board Certified Music Therapist

Catherine Backus is a board certified music therapist and award winning songwriter. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy at the University of Georgia and completed her Music Therapy internship with Four Seasons Hospice in Flat Rock, NC. She spent her early career working with older adults and persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Adult Day setting.

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Lillian Gray, MA, MT-BC

B.A. / M.A. / MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist

Lillian Gray is a board certified music therapist and neurologic music therapist. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Bluefield College in applied music, while minoring in psychology. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in music therapy, from Lesley University after completing her internship at an educational collaborative, working with children and adolescents with various disabilities. 




Terri has worked in the service industry for a number of decades. Along with her husband, she served her community through her own printing and graphic design business for many years. Currently she assists AMTS with various bookkeeping and financial needs. 

  Our Guiding Principles  

A Note from the director:


When I moved to Roanoke in 2011 I quickly noticed the challenge families had in getting services for their children. I created Anderson Music Therapy to fill that need and be a resource in helping families find the support they need within this community.

Serving people with diverse needs, birth through older adult, is my passion. And for me, part of serving those individuals is also supporting their families. We exist to be a community and support system for families in SW Virginia.

Seeing our empowered and hopeful families continues to fuel my passion!

Noel Anderson

Founder & Director of Anderson Music Therapy