1. Please tell me about Healing Harmonies- what is your mission?
My mission is rooted in using the power of music to address the person as a whole, to show that there can be equality among humans, and to convert disability to ability. While using my passion for music and faith in each individual, I am committed to showing that we are all capable of accessing our inner rhythm to make our walk of life a more fulfilling and healthier journey.
2. Please tell me about your love of music.
I don't know if having music in you is a matter of nature vs. nurture, but it's in my body and soul. My grandfather played violin in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, my father plays harmonica, drums, and accordian, my sister sings, other sister plays piano, and the list goes on. Music has the ability to change my mood when I need it and motivates me, keeping me moving forward in life. When I play Beethoven on the piano or sing with my guitar, I get such a feeling of relief to be able to express myself in such an organic, beautiful way.
3. Why did you decide to open Healing Harmonies?
I wanted to have the freedom to market music therapy in a way that I thought would be most effective to those who really are in need of it.
4. Who can get therapy from you?
Children to adults with developmental disabilities, geriatrics with Alzheimer's, those residing in a nursing home, assisted living, and/or hospice care, those who may be deaf or hard of hearing, those with multiple disabilities, MS, CP can get therapy.
5. Where do you work with people?
I work In the client's home, nursing home/assisted living, for facilities what have day programs for adults with developmental disabilities, sometimes in schools
6. What is your education and experience with music therapy?
I received a bachelor's degree from Alverno College, degree in Music Therapy in 2005 and immediately became certified following my internship. My first job was in San Diego, CA working strictly with children for a company that was contracted out to the San Diego school system as well as in the clinic setting. I then moved back to Wisconsin and worked for a local company for two years with a variety of clients through Waukesha County. I then started Healing Harmonies in the fall of 2011 and have been developing since then.
7. How is music therapy different from Sing A Long time?
Music therapy involves many different approaches (in addition to singing) to address specific non-musical goals. Music Therapy is an established profession and the required training is a necessity. Music therapy involves the entire process of therapy, starting with assessment, then leading to implementation and documentation, and finishing with termination. Data is taken on the established goals/objectives to constantly evaluate progress or lack-there-of. Music Therapy is evidenced based and there has been much research published over the years to demonstrate the efficacy of it.
8. Where can we find more information?
Our national association is American Music Therapy Association and the website is www.musictherapy.org
Wisconsin also has a local chapter that I am treasurer of. More information on music therapy in our state can be found at www.musictherapywisconsin.org
9. Please share anything more you want to about HH.
Healing Harmonies works in accordance with the American Music Therapy Associations Code of Ethics. Should you have any questions about music therapy or if it is right for you or a specific situation, please feel free to contact Erica Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org.