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What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy degree program. (musictherapy.org) A Music Therapist must complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree in music therapy with 1,200 hours of clinical practicum, including a 1,040 hour professional internship before sitting for the board exam.


What does that really mean and look like?  The overall goal of music therapy is to regain, maintain, or improve some level of function.  Since music stimulates the ENTIRE brain, goals may be cognitive, social, physical, emotional, spiritual, related to end of life care, or a combination of areas.  Music and the elements of music (pitch, rhythm, dynamics, structure, pulse, timbre, texture, tempo, tonality, harmony) are the tools used during sessions.  This can be in active ways including, but not limited to singing, drumming, songwriting, movement, and improvisation or may be passive such as therapeutic listening and responding to live, client-preferred music.

 

MEET MEREDITH

I’m Meredith Whitlow, MT-BC, a Board Certified Music Therapist and founder and owner of Rejoice Music Therapy based in Mooresville, NC. I began Rejoice because I believe whole-heartedly in the powerful impact and clinical efficacy of music and wanted to offer services to my home community. I am a lifelong musician with a background in all things musical from church music to opera, instrumentalist to vocalist, and performer to director. 


My professional music therapy background includes work across ages and diagnoses (although primarily adult medical and aging populations including end of life),  public speaking and presenting on music therapy topics, internship supervision, and local state advocacy and legislation efforts.  Additionally, I have authored two music therapy resources and am working on a third.  

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MEET THE REJOICE TEAM

Spreading Music Therapy As Far As We Can Reach

Rejoice Music Therapy employs talented and compassionate board-certified music therapists to serve skilled nursing residents across the state of NC.  Rejoice is currently adding music therapists to the team, so please contact Rejoice to see if our services are available in your area.

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SARAH GOSNELL, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

Sarah joins Rejoice after earning her music therapy degree from Appalachian State University & completing her internship at Medical University of South Carolina.  Sarah extends the reach of Rejoice by serving skilled nursing residents in the Asheville & Hendersonville areas.  Sarah grew up loving music through church, private lessons, & school band, before ultimately choosing music therapy as her career.

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ANNA MOONEY, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

Anna earned her music therapy degree from Queens University of Charlotte & completed her clinical internship in skilled nursing & long term residential medical care.  She extends the arm of Rejoice by serving skilled nursing residents in the Fayetteville area.  Anna's love of music began & developed in church with her family & is undeniable in her service to others.