Play Your Part, Inc. is a unique company designed to provide music therapy, music lessons, and contract music therapy services in Southern California. The name “Play Your Part” came from an anonymous quote on a necklace given to Brianna upon her high school graduation: “Life’s a symphony, play your part.” Inspired by this quote, Brianna focused on a career path that would enable her to use the universal language of music as a tool to help people learn, grow, and achieve success.
Seeking a way to use her love of music to help and educate others, Board-Certified Music Therapist, Brianna Shaffer, MT-BC, NMT, received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with an emphasis in Piano Performance from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music in 2009. After graduation, Brianna married her high school sweetheart, Teren. Shortly thereafter, she was selected for a prestigious six-month internship and residency at MusicWorx, Inc., which partnered with Scripps Hospital in San Diego, CA. Upon successful completion of this program Brianna moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where she worked for Music Therapy Services.
At MTS, Brianna provided individual and group music therapy sessions for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While at MTS, Brianna developed a passion for working with children and adults on the Autism spectrum. To that end, in April 2011, Brianna was honored with the Innovative Award from Ohio Choices for her ability to “build innovative relationships and supportive networks for youth with emotional or behavioral disabilities and their families.”
After returning to sunny California in July 2011, Brianna was selected to design and lead a music therapy program at a private school and clinic for children on the Autism spectrum, in Irvine, CA. The creation of this program provided Brianna with an opportunity to develop a complete music therapy curriculum that worked collaboratively with special education programs, as well as Speech, Behavioral, and Occupational therapies.
Working professionally in the field of Autism, Brianna furthered her education by becoming a certified Neurologic Music Therapist in October 2012. This cutting edge certification provides her with a unique skill set that explains how music affects the brain, using evidenced-based techniques and approaches. Brianna is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association, Certification Board of Music Therapists, Western Regional chapter of the American Music Therapy Association, and Music Teachers’ Association of California. She is also on the Board of Directors of Music Movement, a non-profit whose mission is to bring music and instruments to individual and music programs in Southern California, and an active alumni within the Epsilon Delta chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma. The launch of Play Your Part, Inc. is a dream come true, and Brianna is excited for the next chapter of her career in which you can Play Your Part!
Meghan Davis, MT-BC, is an alumna of Loyola University New Orleans, where she studied flute, piano, and guitar and graduated from the College of Music and Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Music Therapy. Originally a music education major, she sought a career that could combine her desire to work with special needs students and her love of music. As soon as she discovered music therapy, she knew it was a perfect match. While at Loyola she sat principal flute of the Loyola Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble, played flute and piccolo in the pit orchestra for the operetta Candide, and participated in a variety of small ensembles. She completed a music therapy internship in Northfield, Minnesota at Laura Baker Services Association, where she provided music therapy groups and individual sessions for adults with developmental disabilities. During her internship she honed her ability to create effective, age-appropriate music interventions for clients of all ages and functioning levels. She then moved back to her home state of Texas where she worked for Southwestern Music Therapy, gaining experience working with a variety of clients, from at-risk teens with anxiety and depression, to children with developmental disabilities, to older adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In Texas, she also worked for Sheila’s Musical Expressions, where she lead group music classes for young children and also taught guitar, piano, and voice lessons to students with learning challenges like ADHD and vision impairment/blindness. She was recently married to her husband, Tyler, and moved to Orange County to be with him. She is excited to be a member of the Play Your Part team and looks forward to helping people flourish through music.
Praised as an “Outstanding Arts Educator” by the Orange County Department of Education, Teren Shaffer currently serves as the music director and conductor of the Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), associate conductor and general manager of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO), and adjunct professor at the Chapman University Conservatory of Music. Additionally, Mr. Shaffer maintains a growing private studio, is the cover conductor for Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Florida and the co-founder of 1st & Grand Productions. A sought after adjudicator and clinician, Mr. Shaffer has served at numerous festivals in Southern California and most recently for the Spotlight Awards at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles.
While completing a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Mr. Shaffer also served as cover conductor for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He conducted an array of ensembles including CCM’s Philharmonia, Concert Orchestra, Ballet Orchestra and Café MoMus (CCM’s contemporary music ensemble). Furthermore, he led an acclaimed production of Janacek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen with CCM’s Opera d’Arte, which was awarded third place in its division by the National Opera Association.
In addition to completing a master of music degree in orchestral conducting at CCM, Mr. Shaffer holds bachelor of music degrees in instrumental conducting, bassoon performance and music education from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music. At Chapman, he developed a keen interest in conducting and pursued his studies with Daniel Alfred Wachs. During this time, he prepared members of the Pacific Symphony for a concert with the Chapman Chamber Orchestra as part of the American Composers Festival.
Mr. Shaffer has conducted the OCYSO at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California, in numerous Concerts for Fifth Graders, presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. In addition, Mr. Shaffer served as a fellow with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. He has participated in a number of international summer music festivals and workshops, including CCM Spoleto in Italy, the Conductor’s Institute at Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak.
Since taking over the helm of the Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble at OCSA in 2011, Mr. Shaffer has led the ensemble to great success and recognition. After earning unanimous superior ratings in festivals, the ensemble went on to become a finalist in The American Prize for Wind Ensemble Performance. The 2011-2012 season also included a unique grant-underwritten performance of music by Grammy award winning composer, Michael Daugherty, who visited OCSA for a weeklong residency. In February 2013, the ensemble will be featured in a showcase performance at the California All-State Music Education Conference in Fresno, California.
The 2012-2013 season will include engagements with the Chapman Chamber Orchestra, Chapman Honor Band, Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, Irvine Classical Players Seraphim Winds, Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble, Los Angeles Dream Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and OCSA’s Summer Wind Studies Festival Ensemble for which Mr. Shaffer is the Founder and Artistic Director. In October 2013, Mr. Shaffer will also collaborate with prolific composer, Fred Katz, to conduct a world premiere composition with faculty from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music.