What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is an allied health service similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy. It consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning. Because music therapy is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possible. In addition to its applications with elderly persons, music therapy is used successfully with all ages and disabilities.

When individualized music experiences are designed by a professionally trained music therapist to fit functional abilities and needs, responses may be immediate and readily apparent. Participants without a music background can benefit from music therapy.  

Kendra Carson, MA, MT-BC has 16 years experience is a range of Long Term Care Settings for people with Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other memory impairment issues.  Music has been an effective tool in her treatment with clients.   Kendra has lead a variety of music therapy programs which include:  drum circles, bell choirs, reminiscence groups, and family music-making groups to name a few.  Her most personal work includes working with hospice teams to assist families and their loved one transition on.  

More recently, Kendra has branched out into private practice in the Dayton, Ohio area working with clients of all ages and needs.  An assessment is conducted to determine appropriateness of treatment.  

Feel free to contact Kendra for more information or if you have questions about music therapy services in general. Contact


Music Therapy Provides:

  • Memory recall which contributes to reminiscence and satisfaction with life
  • Positive changes in mood and emotional states
  • Sense of control over life through successful experiences
  • Awareness of self and environment which accompanies increased attention to music
  • Anxiety and stress reduction for older adult and caregiver
  • Nonpharmacological management of pain and suffering
  • Stimulation which provokes interest even when no other approach is effective
  • Structure which promotes rhythmic and continuous movement or vocal fluency as an adjunct to physical rehabilitation
  • Emotional intimacy when spouses and families share creative music experiences
  • Opportunities to interact socially with others
  • A forum to share common experiences and enjoyment as a couple or family
  • Meaningful time spent together in a positive, creative way
  • Relaxation for the entire family
  • Stimulation for reminiscence of family bonds
  • Unity and intimacy for families through verbal and nonverbal interaction
  • Respite for the caregiver


Music sessions are designed for individuals and groups based on client needs.

Types of Music Therapy

music improvisation

receptive music listening

song writing

lyric discussion

music and imagery

music performance

learning through music