Blue Ridge Music Therapy, LLC


Changing lives one note at a time


(434) 941-5951

info@blueridgemusictherapy.com

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Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and within driving distance of the Peaks of Otter, Blue Ridge Music Therapy provides professional music therapy services to individuals throughout central Virginia. 


Established in 2006, we have provided services for numerous individuals, families, and groups throughout the Lynchburg and surrounding areas. We have served patients and families in hospice care, children and adults with mental illness, children with special needs, adults with developmental and physical disabilities, adults with dementia, veterans, hospitalized adults and children, and adults seeking support in their everyday lives.

 

Contact us today to learn how personalized music therapy services can help you and your loved ones.

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Our Therapists

 

All our music therapists are board certified with the Certification Board for Music Therapists and are members of the American Music Therapy Association and the Virginia Music Therapy Association. We utilize live music experiences to help individuals meet personal, emotional, physical, and psychological goals. We are constantly striving to be the best clinicians possible, and regularly receive additional training in new music therapy methods, such as Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy and Guided Imagery and Music.

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Jennifer L. Capone

MT-BC, HPMT

 

Jennifer is the founder, owner and Director of Therapeutic Services of Blue Ridge Music Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.  She founded the Music Therapy program and served as Director of Music Therapy at the Hazelwood Center in Louisville, Kentucky including clinical supervision of University of Louisville students. She has presented at numerous conferences and seminars across the country and is an active Level III GIM student with the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music. She holds current board certification (MT-BC) with the Certification Board for Music Therapists, is a Board Certified Activity Consultant (AC-BC) with the National Association of Activity Professionals, and earned the Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy certificate (HPMT) from the Centers for Music Therapy in End of Life Care. 

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Abby Erdman

MT-BC

 

Abby is a staff music therapist with Blue Ridge Music Therapy. She received a Bachelor of Music degree with a focus in Music Therapy from Radford University in Radford, Virginia, where she received practicum training with individuals with developmental disabilities, children in early intervention, individuals with traumatic brain injuries, and individuals receiving hospice care. She completed her music therapy internship and worked for two years in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Music Therapy degree remotely from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in West Terre Haute, Indiana, where she is focusing her studies on music therapy for stress management for caregivers. Abby joined Blue Ridge Music Therapy in November 2017.


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Roger Scott

MT-BC

 

Roger Scott is a staff music therapy with Blue Ridge Music Therapy. He received his Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2012.  Prior to his studies at WMU, Roger served in the US Army Europe Chorus as a chorister for two and a half years between 2002 and 2004.  During this time, Roger also acted as chorus' vocal coach for soldiers auditioning for placement in the organization.  Roger holds current board certification (MT-BC) with the Certification Board for Music Therapists and is a current Level II GIM student with the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music.  Roger joined Blue Ridge Music Therapy in February 2013.






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Our Mission


Blue Ridge Music Therapy believes it is our duty, and privilege, to provide our clients the highest quality services possible. 


It is our responsibility to educate as to what music therapy is, how we provide services, and what possible benefits music therapy can provide each individual. We strive to raise the standard of professional music therapy services provided.


It is our goal to provide the highest quality musical environment and equipment possible to perform music therapy services. It is also our goal to educate as to the appropriate sound environment needed to achieve the educational goals set for each individual. 

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Our Philosophy


Music and rhythm encapsulate every individual’s life from the rhythmic and melodic sounds in the mother’s womb to the slowing rhythms of pulse and respiration at the end of life. The music and rhythm of nature have a profound effect on each human, from the sound of birds singing to the sound of an ambulance siren provoking significant changes in emotional, physiological, and cognitive functioning. These responses occur automatically and on a subconscious level.

Music provides a unique motivation for humans. Children are drawn to drumming on pots and pans while adults are drawn to dancing to an upbeat piece of music, even if it is as simple as tapping their foot to the beat of the music.

Music serves as a tool for communication between humans. A mother is able to determine her newborn’s emotional state by the pitch, volume, and quality of the baby’s cry. Music can evoke emotions that are otherwise impossible to verbalize, bringing a person to tears when they were unable to effectively speak of their emotional state.

Music Therapy utilizes these inherent characteristics of music to effect numerous changes in humans. The various elements of music are applied in a scientific and purposeful way to effect autonomic, motivation, communicative, and behavioral changes toward habilitation, maintenance and rehabilitation of motor, communication, cognitive, self-help, and affective skills necessary for the individual to realize their full potential in society.

The therapeutic environment is designed to communicate acceptance, encouragement, and a sense of safety to each individual, fostering an environment and a therapeutic relationship that is growth oriented; a dynamic process of intercommunication results, emphasizing the similarities between client and therapist. Through the use of composed and improvised music, with specially designed and adapted instruments, the therapist attempts to meet each individual “where he is,” interpreting his affect and behaviors musically, and returning a musical portrait back to meet the individual’s needs and responses.

The development of a safe therapeutic environment and client-therapist relationship provides each individual the opportunity to experience music, motor, communication, emotional, and social skills successfully. This success-based environment is key for therapeutic improvement to take place.