DR. SIERRA NORRIS is passionate about using music to promote growth, learning, and joy for people of all abilities. A board-certified music therapist, Sierra provides music therapy services throughout the Tucson community, including Banner University Medical Center - Diamond Children’s, Intermountain Academy, the Jewish Community Center’s special needs services, and in private practice. She also conducts the Tucson Girls Chorus’ inclusion choir and, as an avid contra dancer, serves on the board of Tucson Friends of Traditional Music.
Sierra holds a PhD in Music Education with a minor in Cognitive Science from the University of Arizona and has presented her research at conferences in Arizona, Scotland, and Finland. She received a Master of Music degree in Music Therapy and Flute Performance from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute and Bassoon Performance from the University of Arizona, where she graduated summa cum laude and was recognized as the Outstanding Senior of the College of Fine Arts. As part of her music therapy training, Sierra completed a 1040-hour internship at Bethany Children's Home; while there, she received training and experience in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care. Sierra has also completed all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk certification, a playful approach that blends movement, drama, and speech into music instruction. She enjoys bringing a play-based, trauma-informed approach to music-making to every population with whom she works.