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Music To Our Ears

July 27, 2020; Elyse Erdman

Board certified music therapist Kristyn Beeman states that “the beautiful thing about music is it's a whole brain experience.” Music bypasses parts of the brain that may have delays for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program,” according to the American Music Therapy Association. It is important to note the difference between therapeutic music and music therapy; when a Grower is listening to his favorite music through headphones that activity is simply therapeutic, while a board certified music therapist working with a Grower to improve communication skills is music therapy.

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Music Therapy Program Goes Virtual

Messiah Lifeways Expands Music Therapy Program

In Partnership With WB Music Therapy

  • "I’m grateful for you coming here and making music with me. You always give me more pep and lift my spirits."
  • "You don’t know how much better that made me feel!"
  • "I never got to dance a disco before – that was fun!"

These are just a few quotes from residents who have participated in virtual music therapy sessions in the last several weeks.

... Almost immediately after visitation to Village Center was restricted, our partners at WB Music Therapy worked with the Messiah Lifeways Enrichment and Information Services team members to figure out how to offer virtual music therapy sessions. Every day, Board-certified music therapists Kristyn Beeman and Melanie Walborn each offer 2-3 hours of music therapy in individual sessions. Each individual session lasts anywhere from 15-30 minutes. And, we have expanded service to include the Wagner Short-term Rehab – a move that has proven to be extremely beneficial for those residents.

Especially now, music therapy is a bright spot in residents’ days. These sessions are more than a fun singalong. Through song choice and lyric analysis, residents process and discuss the emotions they are facing in the midst of this pandemic. Through instrument playing and body movement, residents improve their motor function and range of motion. Increases in mood, affect, and attention are just some of the positive mental health outcomes thanks to the power of music therapy.

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Weekend Music Guide

RMF Launches Music Therapy Program for those Suffering from Addiction

June 18, 2020

Earlier this year, thanks to a grant through the Community General Hospital Healthcare Fund of the Berks County Community Foundation, RMF launched its very first music therapy program. In 2019 , RMF assessed the music therapy needs within Berks County, and found that very few services were being provided for people suffering from addiction. The Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge clients are the first recipients of these efforts.

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Advancing our Vision...of Memory Care

November 24, 2019

Marie was having a difficult day. More agitated and distressed than usual due to symptoms related to her dementia diagnosis, significant medication changes, and adjusting to her recent move to Messiah Lifeways, she couldn’t seem to find peace. But an interaction with Board-certified music therapist Kristyn Beeman - funded by the new Snelbaker Music Therapy program - made all the difference.

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PODCAST: The Power of Music Therapy w. Kristyn Beeman

April 2, 2019

"Music has been a longstanding part of enrichment activity, particularly in care settings like nursing homes. But learn how a music therapy program takes this activity to the next level, especially for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia diagnoses with special guest Kristyn Beeman, MT-BC, CDP from WB Music Therapy."...

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Messiah Lifeways Blog: Music Therapy

December 2018

"Close your eyes and try humming your favorite song. Perhaps it’s a song from your wedding day or a children’s tune learned on Grandma’s lap. Is it a hymn? A piano sonata? A classic love song from a special high school dance? Music surely evokes powerful memories but its power reaches far beyond nostalgia – music heals. A growing body of medical research asserts that music therapy improves quality of life and can decrease pain perception, reduce the use of opioid painkillers, restore lost speech, reduce agitation, and more."...

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WB Music Therapy Participates in Music and Dementia Expert Roundup

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 Music and Dementia Expert Roundup.

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Annual Music Gathering

WBMT hosts an annual Music Gathering for music therapy clients to demonstrate learned skills and achievements in music therapy. This is a fun, family-friendly event that people look forward to each year. View some photos from past Music Gatherings.

1st Annual (2014) Music Gathering

2nd Annual (2015) Music Gathering

3rd Annual (2016) Music Gathering

4th Annual (2017) Music Gathering

5th Annual (2018) Music Gathering

NEW 6th Annual (2019) Music Gathering