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2.   I am working with a gentleman named Larry, a 90 year old man who came to therapy at a suggestion of a friend who is a former client of mine.  He began therapy manifesting depression and hopelessness.   He had little interest in things that used to interest him, had low affect with no faith in improvement. 

He has since become motivated for continued growth and happiness.  He manifests joy in meeting new people his age at the VA and has begun various classes such as cooking and yoga classes.  Larry’s family mentions their happiness with the improvement they have seen in him.  I am teaching him piano which he practices frequently and his ability to play even a simple tune brings much happiness for him.

Here is what Larry has to say about his therapy:

     “I was getting depressed as I approached older age, and found myself living in the past.  A good friend suggested that music, being a here and now experience, would help me.  So I began music therapy sessions with Renee, and soon discovered how the beauty of music could take me out of my self-pity.  I am learning the piano from Renee and it is a great therapy for me to create my own music.  Renee has been a great upward life for me.”ype your paragraph here.graph here.

(From – 10/31/16 – from LinkedIn)
Research data concluded that Patients with depression are markedly improved when using music therapy treatment as part of an overall treatment plan. Analysis found patients felt less depressed, help ease anxiety, and improve

According to research, Music therapy improves patients’ symptoms and functioning.  This finding holds across a variety of settings, countries, types of patients and types of music therapy.  Music therapy includes a great variety of approaches:  passive method such as listening, active methods such as movements, playing instruments to support physical, emotional improvements, participating in musical groups for social skill development or the combination thereof.

More than 300 million people worldwide have depression.  It is projected to be the number leading cause of disability by 2020 according to Christian Gold and colleagues of Uni Research Health. 

 Music Therapy is set apart because it is led by a person with training in music, counseling, psychology and/or treating depression.


  1.    A 10-year-old, middle school student I worked with name Violet was brought to me by her mother for music therapy.  She was concerned about her daughter’s self-esteem, confidence, ability to write legibly with cohesion and some difficulty in school subjects such as math.  Violet’s mother had seen a television special on how music therapy engaged inner processes of the brain and hoped the therapy would help her daughter.

After 3 months of weekly treatment, Violet had achieved her objectives and goals which were written after in-depth assessments.  Her confidence level rose, she was able to write poetry and songs which evidenced improvement in through process and cohesion.  Her writing became age appropriate and easily legible.  We worked on rhythm which greatly improved her mathematical interest and skills.  Her speech became appropriately audible and her mood continued to improve each week she came to therapy.

Violet’s mother remarked “While our daughter was meeting with you (myself, her music therapist) weekly she had a real growth spurt in maturity.  She has been blossoming socially and is developing confidence in her abilities.”

I am extremely pleased by Violet’s progress in a short period of time.  As is evident by her other’s report, Violet was able to generalize her music therapy skills into her social, academic and maturation abilities.