Music Therapy

dementia, geriatric, assisted living

Putting percussion in their hands is putting vibrancy in their hands!

Putting percussion in their hands is putting vibrancy in their hands!

Sound and Nature music therapist Eric Fraser running music therapy group at the Ivy Lodge for Assisted Living in Saugerties, New York.

Sound and Nature music therapist Eric Fraser running music therapy group at the Ivy Lodge for Assisted Living in Saugerties, New York.

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Offering

  • Help to build a vibrant community
  • Assist in improving cognitive functioning and memory through the well documented method of focused and personalized music therapy
  • Facilitate joyful, lively activity and relaxing, soothing experiences with sound and music
  • Facilitate positive family and intergenerational time together 
  • Promote movement, activity and physical well being
  • Organize and/or perform live music concerts for cultural enrichment
  • Provide Audio/Visual technical support to the community

Three types of musical activity in group and individual music therapy sessions:

***When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive functioning, and coordinate motor movements.*** 

1. Recalling, singing, playing and dancing to music from young adult years.  The music therapist carefully selects musical material through getting to know each individual, learns to sing and play it live and/or facilitate interactive listening to recordings.

2. Using live sound and music to promote physical relaxation, designed to manage stress or enhance sleep.  (Significant benefits to using real live instruments with the music therapist)

3. Stimulation and raising energy and vitality - Playing along with uplifting music using percussion instruments, singing and movement.  Playing and holding percussion instruments like hand drums, shakers and mallets brings mobility, combats arthritis, and brings LIVELINESS!

My qualifications as a Music Therapist, MA, MT-BC

My objective is to determine and utilize music therapy approaches that effectively aid in the restoration, maintenance, and improvement in mental and physical health.  I believe in the dignity and worth of every person.  I do my work according to the highest standards in professionalism and ethics.

  • I completed my Masters Degree in Music Therapy from New York University and received Board Certification from the national Certification Board of Music Therapists in 2009
  • I am a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholarship for music therapy (2010-2011)
  • I am proficient in a wide range of musical genres and styles; specializing in singing, guitar, flute, piano and percussion
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong initiation and creative thinking
  • Extensive experience working with adults and children

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