Michael Bertolami, MA, MT-BC

Music Therapy
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Music Therapy, Lesley University
Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music

Michael Bertolami worked for many years as a performing musician playing electric bass as a part of several working original and cover bands. For the last 20 years he has worked as a music therapist in the Lower School program at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts with multi-impaired/visually impaired children. He maintains a private music therapy practice, providing home based and site based group and individual music therapy services to children and adults with a wide range of multiple impairments and disabilities. He was also formerly employed as the Department Chairperson of the Music Therapy Program at Powers Music School in Belmont Massachusetts. He serves as a practicum and internship supervisor for undergraduate and graduate music therapy students from Anna Maria College, Berklee College of Music, and Lesley University.

Publications, Presentations
2013 “Using Music Technology with Children and Adolescents with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities.” Published in Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings” by Wendy L. Magee. Co-Authors: Michael Bertolami, Lisa Martino

2011 "Using Music Technology in Music Therapy With Populations Across the Life Span in Medical and Educational Programs.” Published in Music and Medicine, 3(3), p 146-153. Co-Authors: Michael Bertolami, Wendy Magee, Lorrie Kubicek, Marcia LaJoie, Lisa Martino, Adam Sankowski, Jennifer Townsend, Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, Julie Buras Zigo

2002 "Music Therapy in a Private School for Visually Impaired and Multiply Handicapped Children." Published in Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, Volume 2(1). Co-Authors: Michael Bertolami, Lisa Martino

2001 "Peer Supervision in the Development of the New Music and Expressive Therapist." Published in Music Therapy Supervision, Edited by Michele Forinash. Co-Authors: Michael Bertolami, Elizabeth Baratta, Andrew Hubbard, Mary-Carla MacDonald, Deborah Spragg

Apr, 2016 “Social Interactions: Building Connections through Music and Rhythm” Presentation at: AMTA Regional Conference, Falmouth, MA April, 2016

Apr 2013 “Music Therapy Supervision: A New England Panel Discussion” Presentation at AMTA Regional Conference, Newport, RI April 2013

Mar 2012 “Using Music Technology Across Clinical Settings.” CMTE Workshop Presentation at AMTA Regional Conference

Jun, 2010 “Building Bridges: Using AAC Devices in Music Therapy work with Children with Visual and Multi-Impairments.” Presentation at Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, London, UK

Apr 2010 “Clinical Applications of Music Software and other MIDI Devices in Health and Educational Settings.” Presentation at: Berklee College of Music, Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings Symposium, Boston, MA