Music Therapy

At Up Beat Music Therapy, music therapists provide quality music experiences in settings such as:

IMG_2881Dementia Care – Singing, reminiscing, songwriting, drumming, and music-assisted exercise are used to elevate mood, decrease agitation, provide familiarity despite confusion and uncertainty, promote socialization and communication, and to help maintain skills and self-esteem.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation – Therapeutic drumming, lyric analysis, improvisation, creative arts, individual and group songwriting, relaxation, and group singing interventions are used for emotional and mental health through creative expression, self-regulation, cooperation with peers, decreasing anxiety and increasing energy.  Physiological benefits include but are not limited to: regulated heart rate and blood pressure, decreased physical tension and decreased pain perception.


IMG_1376Substance Abuse Treatment – The same interventions used in psychiatric rehabilitation are used with this population to help clients explore their addictions and symptoms by learning coping skills through music.  Clients are led in specific exercises that will help them to relax, to gain energy, to identify and examine musical and non-musical triggers, to come to terms with certain weaknesses or realities, and to enjoy themselves with others (and around music) without the use of drugs or alcohol.


Integrative Medicine – In an inpatient medical setting, bedside music therapy sessions are used to first normalize a patient’s environment.  Music alone masks ambient hospital sounds and takes a patient’s attention away from the activity of the staff and other patients, but facilitated by a music therapist, live music can also elicit emotional expression, provide direct and indirect support for patients and family members, create enjoyment and activity during an otherwise worrisome time, and can support staff and patients during medical procedures.  Music therapists use song choice, singing, relaxation techniques, discussion and conversation, songwriting, and improvisation to help a patient achieve emotional, mental, spiritual and physical goals.