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Music and Memory in Advanced Alzheimer’s Disease

Why do many people with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) retain their ability to recall music?

This was the subject of a fascinating study by Jacobsen, Stelzer, FritZ, Chetelat, LaJoie and Turner. “Musical memory is considered to be partly independent from other memory systems” said the researchers. Musical memory is “surprisingly robust” in patients with Alzheimer’s and […]

UpBeat Music Therapy Services Welcomes New Clients

UpBeat Music Therapy Services Welcomes New Clients

Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital (the ONLY hospital in Portland/Vancouver offering bedside board-certified music therapy)

The Meadows Adult Family Home (AFH)

Ankeny Circle AFH

Felida Guest Home AFH

Vancouver AFH

We are so happy to have you join our music therapy family!

In addition to our 1:1 clients, our group music therapy clients include:
Quarry Senior […]

Music Therapy and Dyspnea

A patient heard me singing across the hall from her hospital room and immediately rang her call button to ask if I would come to her room, too. When I arrived with my guitar, Reverie Harp and Native American flute, she smiled broadly and said, “thank you so much for coming!” The […]

More about music therapy and agitation in dementia

The article in the Nursing Times (Nursing Practice-review; had such great information about music therapy and agitation in patients with dementia, I just had to share more about what the researchers found.

The article outlines 4 key points (slightly changed to reflect U.S. figures):

1. There are over 5 million people in the […]

Holiday Music — It’s not too soon!

We have just booked 3 Thanksgiving and Christmas party dates for the upcoming holidays!! Every year, my subcontractors (Kindred Spirits Music Therapy, Rose City Music Therapy and Waves Music Therapy) and I are asked to provide musical “entertainment” for client and family parties. While this isn’t really “music therapy” per se, we […]

Why don’t you volunteer your services?

I have heard this many times. . . why don’t you volunteer? As a university-trained, board-certified music therapist, I get this question a lot! While music is a gift, the training needed for a music therapist to use music to help clients and patients is not! It’s expensive to get and maintain, […]

Music Therapy Reduces Agitation in Dementia Care

I just ran across a great article in Nursing Times published in the UK. This study looked at the efficacy of group music therapy to reduce agitation in people with dementia. The literature review revealed music therapy is effective for use with people in all stages of dementia. The best results […]

AMTA — What Music Therapy is and What it is Not

AMTA Press Release on Music Therapy – Jan. 2014
January 23, 2014 06:00 PM

Jennifer Peter
AMTA Communications Associate
(301)589-3300, ext. 103 /

Al Bumanis
AMTA Director of Communications
(301)589-3300, ext. 103 /

What Music Therapy Is and Is Not
January 23, 2014—SILVER SPRING, MD— The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) supports music for all and […]

UpBeat Music Therapy Services Welcomes Cindy!


Welcome, Cindy Markham, MT-BC, to the UpBeat Music Therapy family!

Originally from Oregon City, Oregon, Cindy is an accomplished vocalist as well as auto harpist and recorder player.  Cindy’s gentle nature and welcoming demeanor make her an ideal music therapist for older adults, especially those receiving hospice or palliative care.  She has performed with numerous […]

Why music therapy in medicine?

Music therapy is a health care profession which uses music to effect therapeutic change.

Music therapists are board-certified (MT-BC), and licensed (in some states).  Music therapists must complete 1200 hours of clinical internship experience, an approved Bachelor, Master or Ph. D. level music therapy degree program, and pass a board-certification exam.

In the hospital setting, doctors, […]