Christine A. Barton

Chris Barton, MM, MT-BC, is an award-winning composer and performer.  She began her musical career at age eight with a German concert pianist who pulled her students’ ears when mistakes were made!  Despite the rough start, Chris has retained her love of music.  As a board certified music therapist, she has worked in child and adolescent psychiatry, hospice settings, school programs for autistic and brain-injured children and private practice.  She currently directs Central Canal Creative

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Chris Barton offers an interactive, multicultural performance on a variety of acoustic instruments. Hammered Dulcimer, guitar, banjo, fiddle, octave mandolin and percussion form the instrumentation of her band, Sensible Shoes. Scandinavian, Celtic and Swing music are the genres they play. Family and Children’s Music are their specialty.

She is also the director of Central Canal Creative Arts Therapies, which provides music therapy services and consultation to children with autism, hearing loss and other special needs.

Pricing Information:

Contact Chris at 317-475-9914 or for pricing information


Michigan State University, B.Mus. 1985

Butler University, M.M. (Composition) 1997


Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT)

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)


AG Bell Association

Autism Society of America (ASA)



Nominee for Most Valuable Product (TuneUps CD) from Therapy Times 2009

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow 1999

Parents Choice Award 1996

Annie Awards Nominee 1993


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