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Welcome, Jake!

UpBeat Music Therapy Services welcomes Jake Beck, MT-BC to the team ~

Photo and bio to come!

Welcoming Nancy Bair, MT-BC!

Nancy Bair is a board certified music therapist with a passion for helping others through music. She has worked for over 15 years as a music therapist with seniors in a variety of settings including memory care and stroke (brain injury) rehabilitation. Nancy also enjoys working with special needs children.   Nancy is a classically […]

UpBeat Welcomes Lisa Peterson, MT-BC!

Lisa Peterson has been a Board Certified Music Therapist since 1992. She has worked in a variety of settings with older adults, including those with dementia, developmental disabilities and psychiatric disorders.  She’s made music with seniors from Texas to New York, from Europe to South America and all the way to Oregon! She has […]

What is Art Therapy?

What is art therapy?

According to American Art Therapy Association, Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the therapist, use art materials, the creative process, and the resulting work to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts,  increase self-awareness and self-esteem, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, and reduce anxiety.



Welcome Art Therapist Diane!

UpBeat Music Therapy Services has added Art Therapy

Please join me in welcoming Diane Chavez, MA!

Here’s a little about Diane:
Diane Chavez is an Art Therapist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Diane holds a Master of Art Therapy and Counseling degree from Southwestern College. Her dedication to Art Therapy makes her sessions stimulating, fun and transformational. […]

UpBeat welcomes Erin Willems Music Therapy

UpBeat Music Therapy Services is excited to introduce you to our newest subcontractor, Erin Willems!

Erin has been a practicing board-certified music therapist for nearly a decade and recently moved to the Portland/Vancouver area from California. Erin is a vocalist and also plays guitar, drums and flute. She is warm, compassionate and intuitive and enjoys […]

UpBeat Music Therapy Offers Live, Interactive Music!!

Activity Directors, Life Enrichment Program Managers, Memory Care Managers —
Does your musical programming need a boost?

Are you looking for a way to get your residents out of their rooms, socializing, exercising and enjoying life?
You need live, interactive music therapy sessions led by a board-certified music therapist!

Join the 30 facilities in Clark County that offer […]

Music Therapy Repertoire

What I’ve found in almost 5 years as a music therapist is you can never know too many songs. Just when I think I have enough repertoire under my belt, I take on a new client whose preferred music is a genre I don’t know well, or a song I’ve never heard.

Just this past […]

Drumming in the New Year

Did you know drumming has all kinds of health benefits?

Drum circles are becoming more and more popular in the senior living industry as research continues to show how effective drumming circles are for health, not only for residents but staff as well.

Drumming reduces stress, boosts the immune system, helps to release negative feelings, […]

“We expected to see wings!”

We have a contract with a hospital in our city to provide bedside music therapy for patients on palliative care as well as recovering from illness or surgery. We are referred by the chaplains on the spiritual care staff or by RNs in each wing.

A patient who had just been placed on palliative measures […]