The Musical Autist is a place where neurodiversity is celebrated and respected!

Their mission is to provide access to the arts and platforms for self advocacy for musicians of all ages and abilities on the autism spectrum. The Musical Autist's vision is to create places online and within the community where neurodivergent musicians and artists are celebrated and accepted, through venues where there is opportunity to work, perform, and build relationships. The Musical Autist is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that started Sensory Friendly Concerts in 2011. Other programs include Empowerment Jam Sessions and Musical Autist Troupe.

C.J. Shiloh, MT-BC, Co-Founder & Executive Director

C.J. Shiloh MT-BC, is a Board Certified Music Therapist and co-founder of The Musical Autist, a local disability rights nonprofit with a mission to provide access to the arts and create platforms for self-advocacy. TMA accomplishes this through three main programs, Sensory Friendly Concerts, Empowerment Jam Sessions, and a weekly class offered through MD Hall, Musical Autist Troupe. 

CJ is a classically trained pianist with 20 years experience as a piano instructor. She earned a liberal arts music degree in 2003, with concentrations in both music performance and music education, from Colorado State University. In 2014, she earned the MT-BC credentials through Shenandoah University, after completing a 6 month clinical internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. 

She brings her skills in music education and music therapy to MD Hall as a teaching artist for the Troupe program, working with The Café at Maryland Hall to offer Empowerment Jam Sessions, and exploring opportunities with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra to offer Sensory Friendly Concerts in future concert series. 

Naomi Davis, MT-BC, Instructor

Naomi Davis, MT-BC, is a Board Certified Music Therapist providing services in the Annapolis area. In addition to working with The Musical Autist, a disability rights non-profit with a mission to provide access to the arts and create platforms for self advocacy, Naomi provides music therapy services through Annapolis Music Therapy.

Naomi is a bassoonist by training with over a decade of experience teaching bassoon, guitar, piano, and cello. Naomi earned a Bachelors of Music in music therapy from Colorado State University in 2020. In 2021, she earned the MT-BC credentials after completing a clinical internship at Annapolis Music Therapy. Naomi brings her training as a therapist and her passion for teaching to her role as teaching artist for the Troupe program.  

 

MT-BC Naomi Davis's Classes This Season

  • Instructor Name
    MT-BC Naomi Davis
    Ages
    8-14
    Room Number
    200
    Member Price
    $130
    Non-Member Price
    $155

    Led by a Board Certified Music Therapist, this inclusive group of kids with and without disabilities, as well as teen and young adult volunteer musicians, will have the opportunity to make music and build relationships while working together toward performance opportunities. Previous music skills are a benefit, but not required. To learn more, go to http://www.themusicalautist.org/troupes/ Participants and volunteers will explore and rehearse several songs that will be performed in spring events that are facilitated by The Musical Autist nonprofit, including Open Mic Nights in the Maryland Hall Cafe, Empowerment Jam Sessions and Sensory Friendly Concerts. For information about available scholarships, or to volunteer, go to www.themusicalautist.org/troupes/ or contact the Executive Director, C.J. Shiloh, MT-BC at TheMusicalAutist@gmail.com.

  • Instructor Name
    MT-BC Naomi Davis
    Ages
    15+
    Room Number
    200
    Member Price
    $130
    Non-Member Price
    $155

    Led by a Board Certified Music Therapist, this inclusive group of teens and young adults with and without disabilities will have the opportunity to make music and build relationships while working toward performance opportunities. Previous music skills are a benefit, though not required. To learn more, go to http://www.themusicalautist.org/troupes/ Participants and volunteers will explore and rehearse several songs that will be performed in spring events that are facilitated by The Musical Autist nonprofit, including Open Mic Nights in the Maryland Hall Cafe, Empowerment Jam Sessions and Sensory Friendly Concerts. For information about available scholarships, or to volunteer, go to www.themusicalautist.org/troupes/ or contact the Executive Director, C.J. Shiloh, MT-BC at TheMusicalAutist@gmail.com.

  • Instructor Name
    MT-BC Naomi Davis
    Ages
    6-10
    Room Number
    200
    Member Price
    $200
    Non-Member Price
    $200

    Weekly community music therapy groups for elementary-aged students with and without disabilities. Class time will be spent in group activities such as singing, dancing, instrument play and music crafts.  For additional information, contact Naomi.Davis.1198@gmail.com

  • Instructor Name
    MT-BC Naomi Davis
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    200
    Member Price
    $150
    Non-Member Price
    $175

    Interested in learning more about the field of music therapy and the different types of career paths within this field? Join a Board Certified Music Therapist to explore the scope of practice and opportunities that exist within Maryland, as a Licensed professional Music Therapist in the state.   For additional information, contact Naomi.Davis.1198@gmail.com

  • Instructor Name
    MT-BC Naomi Davis
    Ages
    13-18
    Room Number
    200
    Member Price
    $200
    Non-Member Price
    $200

    Learn the basics of digital song creation, songwriting and recording. Participants will work together with other class members to create and record at least one original song culminating in a final project. No music skills or experience necessary.For additional information, contact Naomi.Davis.1198@gmail.com

  • Instructor Name
    MT-BC Naomi Davis
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    200
    Member Price
    $175
    Non-Member Price
    $200

    Learn the basics of songwriting to develop skills in solo songwriting. Participants will also collaborate with other class members to write a group song, culminating in an end of semester showcase in the MHCA Cafe. Prerequisites: basic singing, guitar and/or piano skills.

CJ Shiloh, MT-BC

Teaching Artist

Naomi Davis, MT-BC

Teaching Artist