About Us 

Expressive Arts Center 
Dawn D. Collins
Certified Music Practitioner, MHTP
Certified Vibroacoustic Therapist
87 Sunset Drive, Stuyvesant, NY 12173
(518) 424-2342
email:  musicartsexpress@gmail.com

To encourage each person's perception of themselves as a creative, artistic individual and their life as a work of art in process. To diminish educational, physical and emotional barriers to art-making.  To facilitate an individual's or group's joyful entry into "unordinary reality" through the arts and their safe re-entry to ordinary reality and ability to integrate their art-based learning into their "real" life odinary experiences.   From a holistic viewpoint, to encourage each person's building of healthy connections in their mind, body and spirit.  

Dawn Collins (Ouellette) 

A personal story: I am a woman dedicated and passionate about bringing creativity, spiritual support, and healing into the world.    I started singing early in life and always knew I wanted to bring music into other's lives.  I didn't start playing a musical instrument until I was in my late 20s (acoustic guitar) and started teaching guitar in 1976.  Although I always wanted a professional career as a musician (performer and educator), because of a desire for financial stability for my family, I chose to pursue music as an avocation until well after my children were grown.  I retired from an administrative career with the State of New York in 2003, completed my Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy in 2006, a second Masters in Worship Studies/Ethnomusicology in 2012, and have continued to add to my "tool box" in music and the arts since.     In every opportunity to share music or another form of expressive arts with others, I am pleased to experience joy and growth as well as a range of other emotions.   I am very thankful to be blessed with family members that have shared in my joyful times and my sorrows and appreciate my gifts.   Most of all, I praise my Divine Creator for giving me the gift of song and creativity and healing my heart. 

Summary of Experience:

Special Training/Certifications

6/2015       Certified Vibroacoustic Therapist, trained by Kate Kunkel, Markham, Ontario, Canada
6/2014       RC Diocese of Albany, Kateri Institute for Formation of Leaders in Ministry, 3 Yrs.
5/2014       Albany Medical Center, Clinical Pastoral Training, 9 mos. 1 Unit CPE 
11/2013     Professional Christian Coaching Institute, Life Coaching Essentials Course completed 
2013          Ordination, Order of Melchizedek, Interfaith Ministry (By Dan Chesbro, Sanctuary of the Beloved)
09/2011-12 Native American Style Flute Teacher/Facilitator Training; Flute Haven, Phoenixville, PA. (Director: Clint Goss)
01/2011     Reiki Master/Teacher Certification 
07/2010     Teacher Training,Yoga of the Voice
10/24/09   Certification, Yoga of the VoiceTM, Silvia Nakkach, Vox Mundi Project
2008-10     Yogic Mystery School, Russill Paul (Study of Mantra, Music, and Meditation) Level 1 and 2 
2008         Aromatherapy certifications, Foundation & Safe Use for Seniors
2007         Acutonics Level I & II therapeutic tuning fork practitioner 
2005         YogaDance (Kripalu DansKinetics), expressive movement & dance
2004         Certified Provider, The Listening Program® & Sound Health®
1998         Music Together, Teacher and Center Director Training
1997         Certified Music Practitioner, Music for Healing and Transition
30 Years+  Private and govt. education & employment services (administrative)   
35 Years+  Expressive Artist; integrated arts/crafts practice & instruction; music, movement 

Recent Experience and Consultancy (See Calendar also)

6/2019                St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kinderhook, NY, Native American flute and lever harp guest performer
7/2017                Stephentown Library, Youth One Day Summer Camp, Two Groups, Native American Flute 
                           & Mountain Dulcimer Introduction, Interactive Lesson and Performance
9/2014-12/2014 NYS DDSO, Valatie, NY, Expressive Arts Consultant
9/2014-Present CoArc, Mellenville, NY, independent consultant, Expressive Arts & Music (Private Client)
5/2014-Present Whittier Nursing Home, Ghent, NY, CMP, Music for Healing and Transition
11/2012-9/2014 Special Needs, Ghent, NY; Consultant/Workshop Leader for expressive arts
03/2011-2013   Therapeutic Expressive Arts Consultant, in consultation with Barbara Segreto, LCSW
2001-Present    Student Advisor, Music for Healing and Transition, mhtp.org
3/99-Present    O Let's Make Music Song, Movement, Rhythm Classes and Workshops
1/08-7/09         Avila Retirement Community, Expressive Arts/Music Consultant 
5/13/08-2011   Castle Hill Senior Apartments, Service Coordinator
1/08-May 08   House of Light, Sr. Social Day Care, Schodack; Therapeutic Expressive Art Consultant
11/06-1/07      Avila Retirement Community, Albany, NY; Program Coordinator for activities and events. 


2012    Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va., Masters in Worship Studies/Ethnomusicology                                     
2006   Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy, minor in psychology, 
           European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, affiliated with 
           New York Expressive Arts School, Albany, NY
1997    Bachelor of Science, SUNY Empire State, Albany, NY (Business                                                                      Administration, Human Resources Mgmt., inc. 30 credits plus, Music)


International Ethnodoxology Association 
International Native American Flute Association 
International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Sound Healing Network (formerly NESHRI)
New York Expressive Arts School, Albany, NY
European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland (Expressive Arts Therapy, Masters of Arts, 2006)
Columbia County Council on the Arts

Experienced with providing service to individuals in the following categories:

Those who seek greater self-fulfillment, self-discovery, and creative enrichment
Developmental Disablities and Physical Disabilities  (Catholic Charities Disabilities Services, CoArc)
Emotional and Mental Challenges  (Columbia County Mental Health Association, and private work)
Dementia and Alzheimers and Aging Challenges (Colonie Senior Services Center, House of Light, and private work)
Chronically Ill, Critically Ill, the Elderly and Dying (Music for Healing, hospice, and private work)
Seniors (OASIS, SUNY Albany; Avila Retirement Community, program coordinator for activities (as of 11/27/06); and private work)
Learning Disorders/Challenges (CoArc client, Operation Unite, and private work)
Consultant to professionals working with the bereaved (Hospice, Albany County)

Detailed resume and references provided upon request.


Small Groups and Workshop Fees are determined at time of contract negotiation based on duration of each session, number of sessions, and number of participants.   For example, workshop of 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours, minimum registration of six participants, at the rate of $25 per participant per hour, totals $225 to $300. plus materials, mileage.   Lodging may be required when traveling out of Capital District, Hudson Valley, NY regions.  

Individual Private Sessions:  $50-$100, 1 hour to 2 hours (sliding scale available)
Not-For-Profit Agency Group Presentation Fee Per Hour = $150
Special payment plans or rates may be applicable for those with limited income and/or financial challenges or grant-funded programs.

Private Music Lessons in Guitar, Mountain Dulcimer, NA Flute or Vocal Coaching  - $40 for one hour. 1/2 hour lesson per week available at a lower rate; payable in advance at beginning of month.  For single session, 1 hour, $40.