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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Music Therapy Helps Families Say Goodbye

Transition is perhaps among of the most difficult times we human beings face. We shift from one situation to another, sometimes becoming overwhelmed by the challenges these transitions bring to ourselves and to those we love. Patients in hospice care and their families can find these changes troublesome, often having difficulty letting go of […]

UpBeat Music Therapy Services in the News!

From Innovative Services NW’s April 2014 Newsletter:
Upbeat Music Therapy and Marylhurst interns bring music to life for clients and kids
Anne Vitort knows the power of music for healing and improving quality of life. After bringing the Music for Everyone project to Innovative last year, Vitort has remained committed to supporting our programs. This year, […]