Music therapy can help people with:

  • Chronic Illness/Disease

  • Chemical Dependency

  • Labor & Deliver

  • Emotional/Spiritual Crisis

  • Chronic & Acute Pain

  • Terminal Disease

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Psychiatric Disorders

  • Grief/Loss Issues

  • Alzheimer's/Dementia

  • Sensory Impairments

  • Neurological Disorders

  • Psychological Trauma

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Everyday Stress

Music Therapy Helps with:

  • Stress Management

  • Communication

  • Achievement of Pain Management

  • Relaxation

  • OT & PT goals

  • Anxiety Reduction

  • Meditation/Imagery

  • Sensory Stimulation

  • Motor Coordination

  • Cognitive Stimulation

  • Socialization

  • Recreational Enjoyment

  • Reality Orientation

  • Reminiscence

  • Treatment tolerance

  • Improving Quality of lIfe

  • Expression of Emotion


a few things music therapy can do

  • For someone with Cerebral Palsy or someone who has a restricted voice, a Music Therapist might work on breathing and singing phrases to extend sentences and increase volume. 

  • A Music Therapist would write a song of short greetings for someone who has trouble communicating with Autism

  • A Music therapist might play songs from the past for someone who had a stroke and is trying to recall their past and remember certain moments

  • A Music Therapist might write a rap with a young teen who is trying to express his or her anger

  • A child dealing with severe sensory integration might use soothing music to help relax the body.

  • A Music Therapist might take a group of Teenagers who are in confusion and play a song where they analyze the lyric and compare it to their own lives.

  • A child with Down Syndrome might work on increasing muscle tone in their jaw, mouth and tongue to help them with annunciation.

  • Moving or dancing to music for a person with ADHD can reset and ground them, as well as give them an opportunity for self-expression.

  • For those who need socialization, a joint drum circle can help a group create bonding, individual leadership and open communication when words aren't enough.


"Our son James has been a student of Tom Sweitzer for 6 years and a proud member of the A Place To Be family since its beginning. James was diagnosed with a mild/borderline case of Aspergers 9 years ago. We believe that Music Therapy was the key that helped unlock the potential and talent that we ALWAYS knew existed in James. The growth, maturity and self-confidence that James has gained by performing and being on stage has been life changing for him. He takes that confidence and applies it to every aspect of his life.  James has matured to the point where he now gives back, mentoring both young campers at summer camp and adults with disabilities at Lunch Bunch. The sense of empathy and compassion this has fostered has made him a better person. We are thankful that James has a bright future ahead of him with limitless possibilities. There are not enough words to describe what Tom Sweitzer has done for James-our prayer is that every parent who is searching for help for their child will find their own "place to be" in this world." - Jim and Lynn Small

“Our son, Ryan has been part of A Place to Be since its inception. At the time Ryan did not use words to communicate and only had a few of them. We new that he loved music and it was actually one way we got his attention. Through music therapy Ryan’s language, eye contact, communication skills, interactions with others and social skills has blossomed. The most important piece of the music therapy that is provided by A Place to Be is the use of the arts so that each kid has the opportunity to shine on stage and feel a sense of self-worth, pride and accomplishment. Not only are we delighted with the progress Ryan has made with Music therapy and the arts, but Ryan loves to go to A Place to Be where he has friends. He asks to go!! That is huge! I don’t know where Ry would be without it. Music is in his soul; it’s the avenue we took to tap into Ryan’s world and bring him into ours." -Rob & Tracy Lowry

"Music Therapy has changed my son, Connor's, life!  Connor has A PLACE to fit in now!  A place where he is accepted, encouraged, taught, respected and loved because he is a beautiful individual! Though Connor is non-verbal, his facial expressions speak volumes!  His eyes sparkle with excitement when we pull up to A Place To Be!  He RUNS in through the doors as if to scream, "I am here!  I am ready!  I am proud to be ME!" Tom gently guides Connor to grow in all aspects of development....musical rhythms, social reciprocity, self-confidence and perseverance!  A Place To Be days (Mondays) have quickly become our most favorite days of the entire week! I would trade it for nothing!" –Chryssi Gates


The American Music Therapy Association is the largest professional association, which represents over 5,000 music therapists, corporate members, and related associations worldwide. Founded in 1998, its mission is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. AMTA sets the education and clinical training standards for music therapists.