Student Music Therapist
Alexis Martinez was born in Dallas, Texas. At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with ML leukemia and was admitted to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Alexis found playing and learning the piano to be an outlet for his emotional stress. He was able to recover and continue with his piano studies, eventually participating in music festivals and competitions in the state of Texas. He was featured on Fox 4 News, The Dallas Morning News, Good Morning Texas, and on D-The Broadcast as guest performer and speaker on how his musical experience helped him beat cancer through a program called Musical Angels, a non-profit organization that teaches hospitalized children to play a musical instrument as they receive treatment.
Alexis is currently a Student Music Therapist (SMT) at Texas Woman’s University. Alexis has studied the use of music therapy in the hospital, developmental, and psychiatric setting. He has previous supervised music therapy training for children with autism, attention deficit disorder, and with other special needs. He also has supervised training in using music for psychological rehabilitation in the field of mental health. He is seeking to complete a music therapy internship to fulfill the requirements to become a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC).
A former piano student of Dr. Gustavo Tolosa and Dr. Richard Shuster, he received the prestigious Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship award administered through the Texas Association of Music Schools in 2016. In 2017, Alexis received a grant to study abroad at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, to learn about Hungarian Music. In April of 2019, Alexis was initiated as a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a secret national music organization that focuses on the advancement of music in America.