How Can Music Therapy Help Me, My Loved Ones, or My Clients?

Now that’s really the question, isn’t it.  How can music therapy help me or the people I care about?  If you have landed here at our Oak Park Music Therapy studio and services page, you probably already know a little bit about music therapy and are looking into services in your area.

Maybe you have heard some of the great media stories about how Senator Gabby Giffords’ treatment team helped to heal and rewire her brain through singing.  Maybe you’ve seen the clip of the older gentleman “awakening” while listening to some of his favorite tunes on headphones.  Maybe you even have a person living at your house who seems to respond well to you when you wrap your words in song.

The truth is, for anyone who struggles with something difficult – learning, emotionally, physically – a music therapy approach can be really helpful in moving what might seem like mountains.

At Oak Park Music Therapy our approach is a clinical, evidenced-based approach to harnessing the power of music to make change happen.  Our team of music therapists (see About Us) is ready to work with your child with different abilities (see Music Based Sensory Learning), your parent with dementia (see Older Adults), your adolescent with depression (see Music Psychotherapy), or your healthcare team experiencing occupational stress and grief (see Events/Presentations).  Our approach to music learning (see music lessons) is for both learners needing some significant adaptations for success, and for typically developing children and adults who want a supportive non-punitive approach.

Dig a little deeper and you’ll find testimonials from our clients and colleagues (see Testimonials), interviews (see Press/Publications), information about our Musical Moments program for early childhood classrooms (see Musical Moments), and you could even visit our virtual recital from last summer. There are dozens of blog post entries to read based on your interests.

Welcome to Oak Park Music Therapy – where we embrace music for extra ordinary people. Please contact us if you have questions or want to get involved.


9 comments on “How Can Music Therapy Help Me, My Loved Ones, or My Clients?

  1. Janet Mroczek

    Do you offer, or do you know of anyone who would do live music in hospice care? A Harpist perhaps? My dear friend is in hospice in MacLean Hospital in Berwyn, IL
    Thank you,
    Janet Mroczek

    • Victoria

      Yes I see patients in hospice in Berwyn. Feel free to call me to discuss directly. 312-286-6778 Victoria Storm MM, MT-BC

      • Janet Mroczek

        Thank you for your response, but it is too late now. My friend has died.

      • Victoria

        Oh my Janet, my condolences. May your memories be sweet and your heart full.

  2. Victoria

    Yes I am a hospice music therapist as is another colleague who works with me. Feel free to give me a call. I’d be happy to visit your friend.

  3. Sailyn Dean

    I’m looking for an experienced music therapist who can evaluate my son ang provide a written recommendation on why music should be incorporated on his IEP needs and how music can help his transition on lifes skill. My son has autism, he has a great musical ability and he is part of the band in his current school and also the marching band which has helped him develop socially and emotionally. But he is going to be placed in a HS without a band and the placement person indicated that band is just an extra curricular activity and not a necessary part of his IEP. I disagreed with this but i need a professional opinion from an expert to prove my point to the district.. only then he can be placed to a school with band curriculum. Please advice me… thank you

    • Victoria

      What school district / town are you in? I’d be happy to refer you to someone in your area who can consult…

  4. Kelly Brenner

    I teach high school at a theraeutic day school in Oak Forest for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. I was wondering how I could get music therapy for my students.

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