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Music Therapy

Music to Address Physical, Emotional, Cognitive and Social Needs of Individuals

"Without music therapy,
I would still be on the ventilator."
"I never thought I'd be able to play piano
again after my stroke."
"Music is a way to communicate."
“Music therapy means feeling better.”


Music therapy is an emerging evidence-based healthcare profession in which board-certified music therapists use music interventions with a variety of populations to help others achieve specific non-music goals. Music therapy can be used to promote cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual, communicative, and physical wellness. Only credentialed music therapists who have completed an approved music therapy educational program, internship, and have passed the national board-certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists can provide music therapy services.


Individual Music Therapy
Individuals are referred to music therapy services by medical personnel or family members. Once referred to music therapy, the board-certified music therapist will complete a music therapy assessment to determine if the resident is appropriate for music therapy. If deemed appropriate, the music therapist will design a music therapy treatment plan that will include non-music goals and objectives. Research based music therapy interventions are then designed by the music therapist and implemented weekly. Progress notes and treatment plan revisions are updated in the medical records.

Music Groups
Music groups may vary from month to month, but there are always at least three large music groups offered per week. Past music groups include:

The Tone Chime Choir
A performance based group that meets weekly. Tone chimes are similar to handbells. This group plays the chordal accompaniment of the songs while singing the melody and performs quarterly.

The Tone Chime Ensemble
A smaller performance based group that also meets weekly. This group plays the melodies of various songs using the tone chimes. This group also performs quarterly.

Residents sing their favorite songs and often request songs to sing.

Men's Music Group
This group is for our male residents who love music. They meet together to watch music based videos, performances, and discuss similar interests.

Ventilator Music Group
This group meets weekly and is designed to build community through music within our ventilator unit. Residents participate in a variety of music activities including song writing, music listening, and instrument playing.

Listen & Learn
Listen & Learn is a music education based group, as learning is a lifelong process. This group focuses on a specific composer or genre each week and residents engage in the session as a PowerPoint presentation is shown.

Music Bingo
Similar to traditional Bingo, residents place chips on song titles as they hear the songs played.

Music Therapy Group
This group meets once a week to engage in a variety of music interventions such as instrument playing, music discussion, singing, song writing, and moving to music to meet non-music goals.

About the Music Therapists

Maria Greco, M.M., MT-BC, received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Therapy, a Master of Music in Music Therapy, and a Certificate in Violin Performance from The Florida State University.  She completed her music therapy internship at The Florida Hospital Orlando in Orlando, Florida.  Maria has clinical experience with children, adolescents, and adults in the hospital setting, patients who are suffering from chronic and life-threatening conditions, administering multimodal stimulation and the Pacifier Activated Lullaby to newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, patients who have mental health disorders, and working in the Rehabilitation setting.  While pursuing her Master’s Degree, Maria worked as a part-time Music Therapist for a private practice and gained experience with typically developing preschoolers, children with autism, and patients who have Alzheimer’s/Dementia.  In March 2013, Maria presented at the Southeastern Region American Music Therapy Association Conference and is a member of the American Music Therapy Association.  In addition to music therapy experience, Maria is also a highly trained violinist and is currently a section violinist in the Western Piedmont Symphony.  She has also performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the University Symphony Orchestra at Florida State University, the Tallahassee Community Chorus, and the Panama City Pops.  Maria also enjoys teaching private violin and piano lessons as well as doing wedding gigs and other special events.     
John J. Walsh, MT-BC, received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado and obtained a Master’s Degree in Music Education with a concentration in music therapy from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  Upon completing his internship at The Center for Discovery in New York, John conducted music therapy sessions with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. For the past year he has worked with individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and dementia. Before becoming a music therapist John taught music for five years in public and private schools throughout the state of Colorado. He has performed with the Fountain Creek Brass Band, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic and the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra. When not making music, John enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with his family.  

Frequently Asked Questions
Does the resident need to be musical to participate in music therapy?
No, music therapy is available to people of all musical abilities. Goals are non-musical, therefore residents do not need to have any previous music experience.

Are music therapy and music activities the same thing?
No, music therapy addresses non-music goals where as music activities usually focus on musical goals or entertainment.

Do you have a music therapy internship program?
Currently we do not, but we hope to start an internship in January.

I am a musician and would like to perform for your residents. How do I apply?
Contact the Life Enrichment department to fill out a volunteer application and to set up a time and date that will best accommodate our residents.

To learn more about music therapy, visit:

The American Music Therapy Association

The Certification Board for Music Therapists

The Music Therapy Association of North Carolina

(828) 632-8146

581 NC Hwy 16 South
Taylorsville, NC 28681