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Promoting culturally responsive music therapy practices where accreditation systems may not be present, through advocacy, empowerment and anti-oppression informed practice.

Umoja Global
Community Music Therapy

About Umoja

Our Vision


Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity". Founded in 2014 Umoja Global Community Music Therapy strives to promote music therapy practices in global communities where national accreditation systems may not be present. We are an associate member of The World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), and currently our work is based in East Africa. We collaborate with communities throughout Kenya and Uganda. With a focus on female empowerment, Umoja functions as a resource and advocacy body for the promotion and establishment of preexisting music therapy practices.


We believe the music therapy field is nurtured by preexisting therapeutic music practices, where practitioners consist of community musicians, traditional healers and educators who dedicate their lives to the health and wellbeing of their communities. These self-identified music therapists serve their communities intuitively. As accredited music therapists and students of this evidence-based and diverse field, we can only learn and enhance our own work from these practices. We also believe that through collaboration, exchange and the practice of cultural humility, we directly address systemic racism at its core and create unity inter-culturally.    


Our Team


Nairobi Representative

Cara Smith


Brooke Hatfield

Vice President 

Kristina Casale


Jenna bollard

Resource Specialist



We are currently planning our next service trip to East Africa. If you are a Music Therapist, Music Therapy student or have a background or skill that you believe would be a good contribution to our efforts fill out the application below. Do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions!


Every single donation goes directly towards our mission and keeps our program running. Please consider a donation of any size.  


Are you a Board Certified Music Therapist? Sign up for our Certification Board-Approved course "The Engine of Cultural Humility" for 3 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. 
Brought to you by Medicinal Melodies LLC CBMT Approved Provider # P-183 in partnership with Umoja Global Community Music Therapy. 

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