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Frequently Asked Questions about music therapy for older adults


What does a music therapy session involve?

Live music provided by the music therapist on guitar, voice, piano, and percussion, chosen according to residents’ preferences
Musical interaction among residents through singing and playing instruments
Reminiscence, movement and memory workout through music activity

 How is music therapy different from other musical entertainment?


  • Participation:  Residents make music and interact with each other rather than simply listening.
  • Adaptability:  Music therapy addresses residents at every level of functioning, allowing more people to participate actively.
  • Relationship-building:  Residents grow friendships through music and reminiscence and regular participation in music therapy.
  • Success-oriented:  While actively participating at their own levels, residents succeed in experiencing something beyond the ordinary, whether that is singing an old favorite or playing a new instrument in a new way.


 Can we afford a music therapy program?

Summit Music Therapy covers the cost of music equipment, visual aids, travel, liability insurance and professional fees.
Your music therapy program will be designed to serve the residents with the greatest needs in the most cost-effective way.
The addition of a music therapy component to your program of care can increase revenue by attracting new residents.
Providing four groups a month qualifies your facility to access to the services of music therapy students from Marywood University.  Adding value to your investment by increasing the number of residents who receive this type of stimulation.

 The only costs incurred by the facility are for direct-service time.

 Why should we have a music therapy program?

  • You get a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC), highly trained and experienced in creating, implementing, and adapting music-based interventions targeting the needs of the older adult.
  • You get residents at all levels actively participating in music-making.
  • You create a culture of creativity and relationship-building in your home.
  • You distinguish your facility as one going a step further to meet the needs of all residents and make your place feel like home.

Hospice Care

Is your Hospice looking to enhance their services and increase customer satisfaction?  By choosing to provide music therapy from a board certified music therapist you can satisfy the unique needs of hospice patients and their families through musical legacy projects, videos of active music making, reducing situational anxiety and more.   Schedule a meeting to learn more about how music therapy works in hospice. 

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Mobile Music Therapy services for older adults and children in Northeastern Pennsylvania

info@summitmusictherapy.net

570-862-2495

Summit Music Therapy offers group and individual music therapy to older adults looking to manage symptoms of a variety of illnesses.  Contact us if you or your organization is looking for a cost effective, non-pharmological way to manage:


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Withdrawl
  • Isolation
  • Dysphagia
  • Memory loss