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Welcome to Music Therapy Associates!

Our mission: To use music to help our clients attain goals, cope with hardship, overcome physical and mental challenges, and improve their quality of life.

What's New:

Music Therapy Associates on the Radio 

We had the honor of being asked to appear on a radio broadcast for Home Care Assistance on July 2nd!

You'll hear the voices of our director (Kathy Purcell MT-BC), and therapists (Christopher Morrison, MT-BC, Mary-Cate Carr, MT-BC, and Julianna Altonjy, MT-BC). 

Thanks to Laura Bogert for having us on!

Treatment options at SLU Cancer Center include music therapy 

ST. LOUIS – Crystal Weaver and Andrew Dwiggins are therapists without lab coats. Weaver was hired to kick of the music therapy program at the St. Louis University Cancer Center in June 2011. As a result, patients visiting find their treatment plan could include music if they choose. 

“The music is a tool like all those other tools that we utilize in healthcare. We use music to help people be more relaxed, to be more calm,” Weaver said. 

The pair visited Tommy from Berryville, Arkansas, who was first diagnosed 12 years ago with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Tommy understands that a weakened immune system isolates the patient when hospitalized. 

“And they come in and they play and they sing for you, and it takes so much of the anxiety away, and calms you down. It makes you feel good,” Tommy said. READ MORE

The Link between Autism and Cancer 

They may seem completely different, but research studies conducted over the last few decades have found some very real connections between cancer and autism. The underlying connections are genetic. There seem to be gene mutations that put people at risk for cancer and that also are related to or even cause autism in children. This could have important implications for people with mesothelioma and other types of cancers, but also for children struggling with autism. Treatments for one condition may be applicable to the other, and better genetic information will help...READ MORE

PA LINK Conference at DeSales University 

We were honored to be asked to present at the PA LINK conference on educating professionals on how to empower individuals who are aging with intellectual disabilities!

Here's our very own Chris Morrison, MT-BC and Mary Cate Carr, MT-BC immediately following the presentation!

7 Ways Music Benefits your Heart, Brain & Health 

Who doesn’t love music? Certainly there are some of us, but for the most part music is a big part of our lives. Whether it’s the music that we listen to on the way to work, while we workout, or the music we hear in a symphony or film, it can bring up our moods, tell us a story or even bring us down. Music has touched cultures all over the world since very early times in human history. Have you ever wondered how music might affect our health?

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ~ Billy Joel

Personally I like many types of music, but I can’t say that I fall in love with a lot of music. It is usually special bands here and there that make their way through my ears that I tend to love and stick with for a long time. The beautiful thing is, everyone’s taste in music is different so no matter what music you make, you’re likely to find someone who will appreciate it. Of course the music industry favours certain types of music and is designed to not allow indie bands to get very far, but that is a whole other discussion. 

Music is capable of a number of health benefits including lowering stress levels, raising states of consciousness, changing moods, accessing...READ MORE

Therapist Spotlight

Mary Cate Carr, MT-BC

Mary Cate first became interested in music therapy after her aunt suggested it as a possible career opportunity due to her love of music and passion for helping others. After looking into it and deciding that it seemed like a perfect fit, Mary Cate attended Temple University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's in Music Therapy, and went on to complete her clinical internship at Rebecca School in New York City, NY working with children and young adults diagnosed with ASD and other neurological disorders. 

Mary Cate plays piano, guitar, ukulele and sings, and enjoys all genres of music, but especially 60s - 70s rock. In addition to her work with MTA, Mary Cate teaches private lessons on voice, piano and guitar, and some of her favorite passtimes include hiking, traveling, and trying different foods.

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