Up Beat Music Therapy

Serving Greater Boston and the North Shore of Massachusetts since 2006

Our Services

Music therapy sessions, adaptive music lessons, and music appreciation classes help a variety of clients to find creativity, social stimulation, opportunities for physical, emotional and mental rehabilitation, and enjoyment through specifically designed music experiences.


Q: What is Music therapy?

A: Music therapy is the clinical use of music by a trained therapist for use with a client or clients to achieve musical or non-musical goals.

Q: What is the difference between a performer and a Music Therapist?

A: A Music Therapist must complete an accredited Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral program and requisite practica and internships.

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Contact Us

We welcome all inquiries!  Please email us at upbeatmusictherapy@gmail.com or leave us a message at 617-819-5818 if you have any questions, or would like to discuss potential program development. We apologize if you have tried to contact us and your email bounced back. We have been experiencing some technical difficulties.

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio Program – Music Therapy: Engagement and Joy

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Individual Music Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Speaks is a blog talk radio show for people dealing with and supporting loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.  The host of the show, Lori La Bey makes a difference through conversation and discussion, and in the following video, is behind the camera during a music therapy session between music therapist Melissa Hirokawa of Living Spirit Music Therapy and Lori’s mother, who is in the later stages of the disease.  A simple song, when paired with a music therapist’s empathy and knowledge of clients’ likely preferences can...

Gabby Giffords Finds her Voice

When Gabby Giffords was shot in the head, she lost most of her ability to communicate.  Through over a year of consistent music therapy sessions, Gabby was able to regain speech through a technique used by music therapists called Melodic Intonation Therapy. Find out more about her journey with music therapy here:...