Happy summer, everyone!

We wanted to update you on events happening during the months of July and August.

First of all, congratulations to all the students who performed in our Summer Recital at Classic Pianos earlier this month. Kate and I are so proud of all of you. Bringing everyone together to share their hard work with their families and friends is one of my favorite things in the world. Thank you for being such a loving and accepting community.

July Music Therapy Groups

During the month of July, we have bi-weekly groups at 11:10am or 12:10pm on: July 2,  July 16, and July 30.

Our free monthly music therapy group is July 16 at 1:10pmPlease note, pre-registration is required for this free group.

Our Music Therapy Summer Camp is August 8-12

9pm-12pm Group
The 9am-noon group is geared toward younger kids (like the 11:10am bi-weekly group).

1pm-4pm Group
The 1-4pm group is geared toward the slightly older kids (like the 12:10pm bi-weekly group).

If you have any questions about the best fit for your child, please give us a call and we’ll help. We will have volunteers and assistants to help with this camp so that parents are free to drop off their kids and return in three hours! Each day consists of a Group greeting song and some warm-up music before breaking into smaller groups that do either music with art, movement with music, or songwriting and instrument improvisation with music. Kids will rotate through these three different experiences and then we will conclude the three hours with our closing song. Please refer to the registration page for additional details.

August Music Therapy Groups

During the month of August, we have bi-weekly groups at 11:10am or 12:10pm on August 13 and August 27.

Our free monthly music therapy group is August 13, 1:10-1:55pm. Please note, pre-registration is required for this group.

Health Insurance Update

The Oregon Music Therapy Government Relations Task Force recently met with Don Ross of the Oregon Health Authority in order to discuss the possibility of reimbursement now that we are licensed in the state of Oregon. Don was very receptive and recommended that HERC, the Health Evidence Review Commission, begin the process of adding us to the list of possible options for OHP and Medicaid. HERC has already responded and we are in the process of making sure billing codes match up with appropriate diagnosis codes.

We’re very optimistic about the outcome of this endeavor! Unfortunately, OHP reimbursement will be limited to a few clients receiving individual music therapy sessions due to the reimbursement rate. We believe we’ll be able to provide reimbursable music therapy groups for children with OHP. If your family has OHP and you are interested in this, please contact us and we will put you on the waiting list. For private pay reimbursement, we believe that every conversation is helping to pave the way for easier and more accessible reimbursement in the future. The process is not streamlined yet, but please let us know if you are interested in attempting reimbursement for music therapy sessions.

Working with Pacific University

We are working closely with Pacific University’s music therapy program. I will be supervising students primarily in Forest Grove, but you may see students trickling into our sessions and groups over the upcoming year. The practicum experience and clinical training is a very important step in becoming a music therapist.

Although the supervision and training will be extensive, I invite you to reach out with any questions or concerns around this. The MTSP families with whom we work will always be our top priority and we want to make sure everyone is receiving the best music therapy experience possible.

Global Music Therapy Project Nepal Trip

The Global Music Therapy Project is still slated for Nepal this summer. We have been stalled by funding that fell through, but we are projecting that this trip will happen in August.

Crowdfunding Campaign For Earthquake Relief

We are leading a crowdfunding campaign for Carlos, a wonderful young man we met in Ecuador last year. His house was destroyed during the April 16, 2016 earthquake. We would greatly appreciate it if you could help us spread the word about this campaign.