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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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]