Meet the team!

We are passionate about bringing our skills and talents together to create a place where every student can reach their full potential.

Kelsey Gothard

Founder & Artistic Director

Kelsey is a creative Nashville native with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies and Theater minor from Union University. Kelsey's journey includes a wide range of personal and professional experience with the special needs community, hospitalized settings, and the performing arts. Her passion is to take each experience and blend them together to create unforgettable programing opportunities for individuals with special needs and a network of support for their families.

Kelsey was exposed to the world of labels, limitations, and in need of a strong support system at the age of four. Her little sister, Courtney, was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality known as DiGeorge Syndrome. While the world gave a long list of all of Courtney's limitations, Kelsey saw strength, beauty, and unique abilities that ultimately inspired her to create Courtney's Corner.

Kelsey is thrilled to see this dream radiate from her heart to the stage.

Kelsey Lownds

Music Therapist

Kelsey Lownds, MM, MT-BC is board-certified music therapist in Nashville, TN.  She has experience as a music therapy clinician working with children and adults with special needs, pediatric medical music therapy, behavioral health, and early childhood.  She has taught adaptive piano and vocal lessons for individuals with special needs.  She has authored multiple music therapy publications and presented at national and international conferences on music therapy.

Kelsey has always had a passion for music and using it therapeutically.  She specializes in supporting creativity, self-expression, and self-empowerment through music, all while building community.  Through any expression of music (instrumental, improvisational, songwriting), Kelsey believes everyone can find their own unique and empowered voice.