Kimberly Khare

Kimberly has been a music therapist for 22 years and is herself a young adult cancer survivor. In addition to her work at Next Step, she has taught at the Berklee College of Music for 16 years. She has worked with the cancer and HIV communities since the 1990s and prefers working in community-based settings, because she believes that’s where finding the threads of connection leads to empowering interactions. Kimberly doesn’t know what she would do or who she would be without music, and she believes everyone has a song in them—a story that they need to sing or tell. With a focus on helping young people find their voice and purpose through music, art and story, time with Kimberly is about expressing yourself and being heard. Kimberly has BA in Music Theory & Composition & Musical Theater from SUNY New Paltz and a MA in Music Therapy from New York University along with an Advanced Clinical Supervision and Certification from the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy.

Favorite thing about working with Next Step

I get to be an active presence in the lives of our young people: listening to them, building trust with them and supporting them in finding their voice.

Random personal factoid

I’m fluent in meow.

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