Colin Doherty

Doherty, Colin

Music Therapist

Colin Doherty joined the MacPhail Music Therapy and Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® faculty in 2017. He teaches bass (electric), composition, guitar (acoustic and electric), mandolin, piano, songwriting, ukulele, and voice. He has experience as registered behavioral technician (RBT) providing early intervention therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder utilizing principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Colin approaches Music Therapy from a behavioral and evidence-based perspective. Via the therapeutic relationship, he strives to provide an open space for expression and creativity. But most importantly, he wants to make music fun. He teaches adaptive lessons on guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, and voice.

Colin has 10 years’ experience as a song-writer and guitarist in various Twin Cities bands. With an interest in all things music, he has performed everything from ambient music in yoga studios to electric guitar in a Hip Hop band at First Avenue. He studied classical guitar at Augsburg College and currently plays in a Minneapolis-based group. He is also experienced and trained in teaching phonics and reading skills to school-aged children.

Colin holds a degree in Music Therapy from Augsburg College. He completed a clinical internship at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in the Children’s Behavioral Unit.