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Music Therapy


    • B.A.: Music Therapy, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

      M.A.: Independent Study Counseling, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

      Margaret (Peggy) Tileston is a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) with additional teaching certificates in Focused Awareness Meditation (CMSll-BC), Yoga, and Laughter Yoga (CLYT). She entered university believing she would study classical guitar with a minor in voice, but after taking a Psychodrama course in her junior year she changed her trajectory to Music Therapy. While finishing her bachelor’s degree, she simultaneously received training and certification in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). She continues to be fascinated by transformative experiences that involve creative modalities and the creative process.

      Since 1980, Tileston has served as a clinician with a wide variety of populations, and specializes in music therapy and integrative wellness in the area of mental health and addiction treatment for adolescents and adults. She has worked in schools, hospitals, community clinics, residential treatment centers, and in private practice; while also offering workshops for the general public and training opportunities for healthcare professionals.

      Tileston began teaching part time in Temple’s Music Therapy Department in 2013, and quickly developed a passion for teaching. That same year she authored a chapter on Eating Disorders. (2013) Adults and Adolescents with Eating Disorders. In Eyre, L. (Ed.) Guidelines for music therapy practice (pp. 402-448) Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

      Her current interests include:

      • Trauma-informed music therapy
      • The integration of music therapy with other modalities of treatment: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychodrama, Yoga, Laughter Yoga, and the other expressive arts therapies
      • Compassion fatigue and self-care for music therapists
      • Transformational processes in human consciousness and behavior.


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    • ENGAGEMENTS (since 2010)

      2017  Laughter Yoga with Music presentation at the Integrating Yoga into Mental Health Conference, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA

      2017  Music Therapy workshop for Jefferson University students, sponsored by Jefferson University Student Personal Counseling Center in Philadelphia, PA

      2016  Sound As Nourishment workshop for nurses and medical professionals enrolled in the Feeling Good Matters retreat sponsored by the Center for Meditation Science in Honesdale, PA

      2016  Laughter Yoga lecture/experiential for medical students and staff attending the MedTalks@Drexel event sponsored by Drexel AMA chapter, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 

      2015   That’s Music to My Ears: The Sound of Laughter workshop for attendees at the Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine Conference at Immaculata University, Media, PA

      2015  The Yoga of Soundworkshop for nurses and medical professionals enrolled in the Rewire Your Physical & Emotional Wellbeing retreat sponsored by the Center for Meditation Science in Litchfield, CT

      2014    Drum Circle for Stress Management workshop for staff of Season’s Hospice, King of Prussia, PA

      2014   Laughter Yoga Meets Music Therapy presentation for music therapy students and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia area attending the Temple Music Therapy Club-sponsored Music Therapy Conference, Philadelphia, PA

      2012, 2013  Laughter Wellness classes for the public at Mount Airy Moving Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

      2011, 2013Beyond Words: Creative Arts As Therapeutic Intervention workshops for therapists and social workers, sponsored by The Horsham Clinic (2011) and Social Work PRN (2013), Philadelphia, PA

      2012  Shake, Rattle and Laugh: Music and Laughter in Early Childhood Education presentation and training for Public Health Management Corporation staff, Philadelphia, PA

      2011   Compassion Fatigue and Self Care for Therapists workshop for members of the Allied Therapy Department at The Horsham Clinic, Ambler, PA

      2011    Compassion Fatigue and Self Care for Project Home staff, Philadelphia, PA

      2010    The Yoga of Coaching workshop for students in a yoga teacher-training class sponsored by Gurukula Institute’s yoga teacher training program, Philadelphia, PA

      2010    Laughter Yoga for Stress Management presentation for East Stroudsberg University employees, East Stroudsberg, PA, 2010.