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When you mention kids or music to Cathy Bollinger, she lights up. As a high school senior, she learned (via a career test) that music therapy was her destiny. She didn't know what it was ... but clearly the test was right!

Cathy founded Rivanna Music in 1988. In 2004, when Cathy started working on an album for Autistic children, educator Elly Tucker came on board. Cathy's music therapy expertise and Elly's background in developmental issues with children have combined to create music that helps children learn various skills. Their songs offer universal lessons and are carefully crafted to encourage learning and success not just by listening, but by engaging all of your senses.

Cathy's work receives wide acclaim from kids, parents, and educators alike. In each of the last three years, she has won a Parent's Choice Award. In 2005 it was for Toddlin’ Tunes and My Turn, Your Turn (which was also a 2005 Parenting Magazine Pick; in 2006 her CD Alphabet Jam won; and in 2007 it was Ready to Learn! that took the honors. Cathy's work has also received the National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) for children’s music, and been praised by Booklist (American Library Association), School Library Journal, and Autism Spectrum Quarterly.

In addition to writing music and performing, Cathy also holds songwriting and teacher workshops. She has led workshops for public libraries in New York; the Core Knowledge Foundation; and Virginia Public Schools and Title I Programs. Cathy and Elly were invited as Keynote Address by The Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance for their STARS Conference (Statewide Training Resource System).

Cathy earned a Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly Hahnemann Medical School). She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with with her husband, Bob and children Will and Kate. Her older son Ross attends the School of Visual Arts in New York.

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