As we approach the end of 2024, staff took some time to reflect on some highlights from 2023. As music therapists in private practice, we work with people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds on a regular basis. We’re blessed to share space with so many people, and it’s humbling to witness the power of music in so many different forms. Below are a few of our staff’s most memorable moments from the last year of work:
I have been humbled to return bi-monthly for co-facilitating drum circles at Charlotte Rescue Mission Dove's Nest. The residents forge such resilience and perseverance amidst their treatment. Witnessing residents genuinely connect, laugh and share with one another in their sobriety is an honor. Their honesty reminds me to focus on the present.
-Gretchen Benner, LMSW, MT-BC
I Hear Your Heart
I was so blessed to lead an 8-week music therapy program with survivors of SA/V through Brave Step. The women were passionate about regaining confidence and building community through songwriting, improvisation, and poetry. Each session held new and creative pathways to combatting grief and trauma, and I was honored to witness the resilience these women held.
-Gabby Jones, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist
“It’s a Good Day for Singing a Song”
We begin each session with this Peggy Lee hit at the Minds Matter Fort Mill location where I have thoroughly enjoyed leading music therapy groups for older adults. Each session I am able to witness participants engage in various activities and connect with one another through song. It’s so rewarding to see their bright personalities come together in a space where they can display their creativity and try new things!
-Molli Smith, MT-BC
Music and Growth
As a music therapist, I am honored to work with clients affected by stroke and how music can be used to facilitate growth as a person as well as a musician.
-Melissa Reinhardt, MSEd, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist
Providing music therapy services for early childhood to older adults, music instruction and enrichment plus continuing music therapy education in Greater Charlotte Area of the Carolinas.